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Fatherland


Synopsis:
    Story set in Germany in the 1960s ,after a Nazi victory in World War II.

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Review of Fatherland:

There are not many alternate history books by mainstream authors which are well-known by to a broad mainstream audience, but Fatherland is an exception. It is written by acclaimed popular author Robert Harris, who is also the author of books such as The Ghost, Engima, Archangel, and Pompeii.

The basic plot of Fatherland is a murder/detective story set in an alternate world, almost 20 years after the end of World War II. In this world, Germany defeated the Soviet Union and Britain, but is locked in a Cold War like struggle with the United States.

This is, as you might expect, a well-written book with an interesting plot. It also is clear that the author put considerable effort into research and extrapolating what a Nazi Europe might be like two decades after the end of World War II. To me at least, it feels more realistic than all those other books which imagine that a Nazi regime in 1965 would be identical to the one in 1945.

In summary, this is a book that I would recommend both to mainstream readers, and to alternate history aficionados. Please also note, that if you have seen the 1994 Fatherland TV Movie, the book has some significant differences, and while the film has many things to commend it (including some strong acting performances), I personally preferred the book.


   

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Fatherland: A Novel

By Robert Harris

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Released: 2006-09-05
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The New York Times bestselling classic of alternate history, a murder mystery set in a world where the Nazis won World War II—for fans of The Plot Against America and The Man in the High Castle

Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals, and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States. As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler’s seventy-fifth birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from U.S. president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb.

But when Xavier March discovers the identity of the body, he also uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with the American journalist Charlotte Maguire, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth—a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.

Praise for Fatherland

“A singular achievement displaying original and carefully wrought suspense . . . Fatherland easily transcends convention.”The Washington Post

“A solid thriller, vividly imagined and genuinely frightening.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Ingenious . . . a triumph . . . suspenseful and elegant.”San Francisco Chronicle

“A dazzler . . . fast-paced . . . Historical fact is blended skillfully with fiction.”Detroit Free Press

“Absorbing . . . expertly written.”The New York Times Book Review

“Truly captivating.”—Robert Ludlum

“A strong premise for a police thriller with rich foreign atmosphere and political texture galore? Absolutely!”Entertainment Weekly

“A sly and scary page-turner.”Los Angeles Times

“A well-plotted, well-written detective tale and a fascinating trek through parallel history.”Chicago Tribune

Fatherland works on all levels. It’s a triumph.”The Washington Times

“Distinguished by vivid details based on impeccable research, the thriller is a crackling-good read in the le Carré tradition.”Time

“Wonderful.”Newsday

“A gripping detective story as well as a chilling visit to the Germany that might have been. It is so plausibly written it seems quite real. Robert Harris is a name to watch for.”BookPage




   

 
 
 
 

 
 
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