This is my review of the book Dominion by C J Sansom. I have been keeping this book for a while as I have been looking forward to reading it, and it did not disappoint. It being quite a large book, over 400 pages of small type it has taken some reading.
The theme of the story, is that instead of defeating the Nazis in the 1940's Britain, under prime minister Lord Halifax sues for peace, and Churchill becomes leader of the resistance.
C J Sansom then manages to create a series of believable characters set in the 1950's and an alternative history that goes along with this. The book is not only a very believable, intriguing thriller, but also an exploration of an alternative British life – what Britain could have been like if Britain had not one the war.
This includes rounding up British Jews for transportation to the gas camps. It is fascinating how he explores all aspects of society, form trade unions, along with strikes to the civil service.
Of course the SS comes into the story along with an Auxiliary Police force, that seems to be modeled on the SS. As the Literary Review has said about the story - The chase is exciting and the action thrilling, but the really absorbing part of this excellent book is the detailed creation of a society that could so easily have existed’
So what is the story, well it is set in smog torn Britain in 1952, when the fogs were so thick that one could not see the end of ones arm. Our hero a civil servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country. Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives. Hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men. Can they escape and stop Frank being captured....
A very enjoyable original book, and thoroughly recommended. This was book 1 week 1 of my new list.
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