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Agonised and slow

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-2020

This story dissects the agonies of loving two women at once, or at least seeking to please them, and of seeking to love God but failing and damning oneself. Such a slow-moving story, with some minor intrigue around diamonds and corruption. Narration has noticeably long gaps between phrases, but otherwise well narrated.

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-2020

Excellent story, where the descriptions, characterisation and relationship developments do not weigh down the narrative movement.

Violent, tragic, passionate, monotonous, humorous and very human.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-2020

At times overly detailed and boring narrative, but then at times passionate and compelling scenes. Violent, tragic, passionate, monotonous, humorous and very human.

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Wonderful story, less than satisfactory ending

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-2020

This was a wonderful story, an improvement on the Hook opening of the previous trilogy in terms of narrative movement. But the ending was less than satisfactory, appearing to serve better as open-ended preparation for the following instalment.

A surprising joy

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-2020

I was reluctant to invest in Spy Sinker, partly because the previous two instalments had slowed in pace and become laborious, partly because the narrative perspective changes in this work and I like Bernard’s point of view. But I’m glad I did give it a shot! The narrative quickens, perhaps because it covers a broader timeframe, yet we still get to enter into the inner lives of the characters. We are given whole new insights into events from the previous five instalments. We discover behind-the-scenes activities which have been detrimental to Bernard. We learn of the personal flaws, struggles and deceptions of Fiona, who has previously appeared to have had no real weaknesses. And there was at least one truly terrible and gruesome event, which I did not expect from Deighton’s work. If you’re uncertain about listening to Spy Sinker, I’d recommend that you give it a go!

Spy Talk

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-2020

Intelligent, insightful writing and wonderful narration, but this novel could easily be called Spy Talk: the chapters are basically a series of conversations and there is only one really good action scene. This may be fitting of Bernard the ex-field man now desk man, it may reveal the histories and inner lives of the characters, but it makes for a slow novel. I wish the movement of Game Set Match could have been carried through this trilogy as well. Nevertheless, I still love the Samson series.

Less compelling than Game Set Match

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-2020

This work is less convincing in its aim to be a self-contained story than the previous Game Set Match trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone instalment, but seems to be rather unsatisfactorily resolved and to instead set the reader up for the next instalment of the trilogy. Furthermore, in comparison with Game Set Match, there is less present-time action and more recounting of past/historic activity in this instalment. The novel still has great, evocative writing, but altogether it is slower and personally I found it less compelling

Great story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-2020

This is a great story! The author's narrative voice is engaging, as is the narrator's rendition, though his accent is occasionally hard to understand. The plot line is compelling, though confusing in some places as to what is happening. To be honest, the appendices, which run on straight after the final chapter, detract from the story's finish, though the author's note is interesting. Still, this is a compelling and highly enjoyable story!

From bogged to flowing narrative

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-2020

Great story. Too much background detail slows the narrative for much of the novel. Then the narrative of events flow better and the outworking of events is great!

Great story! Great narration!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-2020

Great story! Great narration! Sometimes the narrative is overly detailed, but it works overall. The narrator reads quickly and sometimes it's difficult to follow along with all the detail. The narrator's volume is varied, which is good, but sometimes he gets very quiet and is difficult to hear. Turning up the volume makes the subsequent narrative boom! The narrator's French pronunciation is good, except his French 'r' pronunciation is a little clumsy. This is often the case with Anglophones. Overall, the narrator's voice is excellent and suits the tone of the story. The story hooks you and makes you want to know what's going to happen next, every step of the way!