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Fatherland by Robert Harris

Fatherland (1992)

by Robert Harris

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Written the year before 'The Ghost', this is a much darker thriller by Robert Harris. There is some black humour and a little coyly written romance, but the idea of turning history on its head is the main idea at work here. Germany won the war. Now it is 1964 and Berlin is preparing for Hitler's 75th birthday. Rumours of death camps have circulated, but no-one has ever proved their existence. The Final Solution, the Endlösung, has remained disbelieved or secret. Harris takes us on an escalating pace as the world's worst kept secret takes centre stage. A fine, hard-to-put-down read. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Nov 22, 2015 |
This is a very solid murder mystery that happens to be set in 1964 Nazi Germany. Trouble is, it seems to take forever to get to the big secret...and once it does, too little is done with it.

I would have preferred a faster pacing with a more definite climax and followup - a political thriller rather than an unfolding mystery, if you will. Even so, as an exploration of what might have happened, it is well worth reading. (I'm still curious as to where the paths diverged, though. What turning point brought the Allies to defeat? Not that it matters, really...) ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
Fatherland is really two books in one, one it's an alternative history story and two it's a murder mystery. While the murder mystery plot is well written it is a bit long and drawn out. That said, the alternative history plot could have been better developed, it would have been nice to spend more time on how else history would be effected by the Reich winning WWII. Overall this was an interesting story and well written. ( )
  bearlyr | Sep 23, 2015 |
A 'what if' work of alternative fiction that focuses on a Nazi-dominated Europe of the 1960s. Very slow moving, yet the ending is well worth the toil of memorizing names and alternative geography.

While it's not clear what pushed the Nazis to victory, Harris gives enough clues to afford the reader the ability to draw their own conclusions. However, Nazi victory also means that the world was never able to prove the existence of German 'KZs', particularly the notorious death camps of the Holocaust. The murder of a high-ranking Nazi official forces our main character (an ex-sailor with no strong love for the Nazi party) down a path that brings him to the horrible realization that such camps not only existed, but were the endpoints of the disappearances of millions of Jews, homosexuals, and those deem undesirable by the Nazis. Through self-sacrifice, the main character is able to send information of these atrocities to the rest of the world, and find out for himself that places such as Auschwitz once existed, even if they had been torn down and hidden away in this alternative universe. ( )
  bdtrump | May 9, 2015 |

Brilliant alternative history book where Germany after winning WWII a preparing for a visit of the U.S. President. But after a police officer finds a naked man killed at the river, what he found during the investigation, can change everything...

A matemathician returns to Bletchey park just to find himself in the middle of an mysterious spy game where surprises waiting for the reader even on the last pages. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Mar 4, 2015 |
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The hundred million self-confident German masters were to be brutally installed in Europe, and secured in power by a monopoly of technical civilisation and the slave-labour of a dwindling native population of neglected, diseased, illiterate cretins, in order that they might have the leisure to buzz along infinite Autobahnen, admire the Strength-Through-Joy Hostel, the Party headquarters, the Military Museum and the Planetarium which their Führer would have built in Linz (his new Hitleropolis), trot round local picture-galleries, and listen over their cream buns to endless recordings of The Merry Widow. This was to be the German Millenium, from which even the imagination was to have no means of escape.
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People sometimes say to me: 'Be careful! You will have twenty years of guerilla warfare on your hands!' I am delighted at the prospect ... Germany will remain in a state of perpetual alertness.
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Thick cloud had pressed down on Berlin all night, and now it was lingering into what passed for the morning.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061006629, Mass Market Paperback)

It is twenty years after Nazi Germany's triumphant victory in World War II and the entire country is preparing for the grand celebration of the FÜhrer's seventy-fifth birthday, as well as the imminent peacemaking visit from President Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Berlin Detective Xavier March -- a disillusioned but talented investigation of a corpse washed up on the shore of a lake. When a dead man turns out to be a high-ranking Nazi commander, the Gestapo orders March off the case immediately. Suddenly other unrelated deaths are anything but routine.

Now obsessed by the case, March teams up with a beautiful, young American journalist and starts asking questions...dangerous questions. What they uncover is a terrifying and long-concealed conspiracy of such astonding and mind-numbing terror that is it certain to spell the end of the Third Reich -- if they can live long enough to tell the world about it.

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Unveils the living nightmare of a world planned by the Nazis in reality, but never achieved. It illuminates the trail taken by the loner March, leading him to the discoveries of wartime corruption, Swiss bank vaults, love, danger, and - most terrifying of all - the black heart of the Nazi state.… (more)

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