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  • Mexico Set

  • Penguin Modern Classics
  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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World-weary agent Bernard Samson is losing control of his personal and professional life. Sent to Mexico to aid the defection of a KGB agent to the West, he has a chance to prove his worth. Instead, he is torn between conflicting loyalties and lost in a maze of double-dealing and duplicity. The second novel in the Game, Set and Match trilogy is a gripping portrayal of a man who can trust no one, not even those closest to him. 

A Bernard Samson novel. 

©1984 Len Deighton (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Deighton is a marvel [...] a tale told by an author at the height of his power." (Chicago Tribune)

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The pace quickens and tensions rise

Very well delivered, great story, poor Bernd working in a lame and treacherous department, he gets there but what a shambles in the background devised by desk-men.

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A clever and enjoyable story

Another great book from Len Deighton. The twists and turns in the story are superb. I am now looking forward to London Match

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great as usual

great as usual I was immediatly drawn onto Bernard Sansomes world and dilemas in a well drawn mexico city.

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Just do it

Phenomenal thriller; a masterclass in which pace, plot, character and the interplay of concealment and revelation are the combined and relentless engines of both plot and story.
This is how you do it

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Totally captivating

This audiobook series is so enjoyable. This is the second book in the series and I will be straight on to book 3. The storyline is captivating, the characters life like and the narration is near perfect. Totally absorbing

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My eager anticipation was well rewarded

The story goes beyond the story and into the characters and locations. But there is a skill in the writing where they are not overplayed to too distracting. We learn more about who the characters are, and the settings but without hardly noticing this is happening. Much is gently brought in and out of the background and, with the help of the excellent narrator we become part of the scene ourselves.

Yes, it can be said to be ‘of its time’ but that is the nature of our modern quickly changing world and virtuous expectations.

Some of the attitudes portrayed, along with the terms and language used may irk those with passion for being offended. The omission of swearing or foul language, and gently nuanced scenes of a sexual nature are refreshing in contrast to the modern trends for inescapable multi-sensual and highly immersive cringeworthy descriptions and incessant obscene utterances.

The book and audio would be a comfortable blush-free experience to enjoy among children and grandparents alike. Indeed, there are some deeply adult themes addressed very honestly but the presentation is sensitively delivered and suitable for all the family :-)

Can’t wait for the next one … I’m in, Hook, Line and Sinker though that’s not supposed to happen until the next trilogy in the series, I have the Match to enjoy before that.

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Good except for the editing

The audio editing could be better, there are a few repeats. Apart from that it jogs along pleasantly enough. Deighton & le Carré books are still the best cold war spy novels

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Could have been better!

There were two problems for me:-
1 ) Too much American usage by someone purporting to be English.
2 ) I know that this is an un-abridged narration, but there are too many 'he saids' and 'she saids'. They're irritating.