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Publisher's Summary

Long-awaited reissue of the second part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.

A lot of people had plans for Bernard Samson.… When they spotted Erich Stinnes in Mexico City, it was obvious that Bernard Samson was the right man to 'enrol' him. With his domestic life a shambles and his career heading towards disaster, Bernard needed to prove his reliability. and he knew Stinnes already - Bernard had been interrogated by him in East Berlin. But Bernard risks being entangled in a lethal web of old loyalties and old betrayals.

All he knows for sure is that he has to get Erich Stinnes for London. Who's pulling the strings is another matter…

©2014 Len Deighton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“Deighton's best… until the next” ( Daily Mail)
“The poet of the spy story” ( Sunday Times)
“A master of fictional espionage” ( Daily Mail)
“Deighton is back in his original milieu, the bleak spy world of betrayers and betrayed” ( Observer)
“Deighton is a marvel… few authors writing in the rigorous and finite genre of spy fiction have mastered the craft as well as Deighton… Mexico Set is a pure tale, told by an author at the height of his power” ( Chicago Tribune)

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  • Mr Tristram Shandy
  • 02-13-15

The master of the spy story

Any additional comments?

My comments on Berlin Game apply to the whole series. If you like spy stories you will not be disappointed.

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  • Mark
  • 11-26-14

Where are the rest !?!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you loved Berlin Game, then Mexico Set is an easy purchase and justifiably so!

What did you like best about this story?

It twists and turns like an eel in a bucket of baby lotion!...Bernard is on the back foot for a good part of the story, which is unusual for such a cool guy.

Have you listened to any of James Lailey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Lailey gives another great performance, he has Samson down perfectly. I'm not 100% sure about the jamican accent, but hey!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a number of moments that made me laugh out loud (which is embarasing in the quiet coach of a train!)

Any additional comments?

More! More! More! Can audible please hurry up and release the final part, as well as Hook,Line and Sinker and Faith,Hope and Charity.

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  • A. Curtis
  • 11-01-17

Twists and turns

Very very good second book in the set. I find it takes some time to warm to the main character, Sampson. He isn't an obvious likeable lead. This book has many characters from the previous book and they make a welcome return. The book has some great locations and a very good tense ending which leaves you gripped to the final moments. Shall look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Fabfuchsia
  • 09-02-17

It doesn't get better than this!

What did you like most about Mexico Set?

The characterisation, the plot and the narration.

What other book might you compare Mexico Set to, and why?

LenDeighton is up there with John Le Carre.

Any additional comments?

Good to know that there are 2 more trilogies about Bernard Samson.

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  • S. Murdoch
  • 07-26-17

Love the book and narrator

This is such a great series. Classic spy novel...intelligent portrayal of 3 D characters. The narrator is amongst the best I've listened to.

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  • I. Finlayson
  • 06-27-17

A Great Spy book with a wonderful main character

A Great Spy book with a wonderful main character. This in second book of the series. Bernard Samsom is in deep and the heat in Mexico City is not helping

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  • Brian
  • 07-23-16

Hot burritos in the Cold War

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's OK if your a Deighton completist - well written but too heavy on the Sampson soap opera and too light on the espionage. That said, he deliberately made the Sampson stories a longer game than his other books.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Enjoyed the ambiguity about ideology that the spies have - it's a game for them. Found the sister in law irritating.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The conversations between Stinnis and Bernard

Could you see Mexico Set being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Meh

Any additional comments?

Very well narrated - I like readers with the confidence to "act" different characters.

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  • Paul D
  • 07-09-16

Just gets better

Second in the Bernard Samson Cold War series. Great stuff - same well constructed characters and another fine reading.
The story stands alone but is a continuation of 'Game' and it would be an error not to read the earlier work first. A pleasure missed. There is a minimum of the often annoying repetition associated with this style and the characters and story are augmented rather repeated.
Already listening to Match.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-14

Still brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it to anyone who loves spy thrillers - Len Deighton is still the best.

What other book might you compare Mexico Set to, and why?

I think the best comparison is anything by Robert Littell. The stories feel authentic, have surprising twists and are told with humour.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The 'kangaroo court' at London Central where Bernard makes them all look fools.

Any additional comments?

I can't fault the characterisation and storyline. I also thought the reader was excellent.