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F One of the earlier and still best examples of “alternate World War II fiction,” and a direct predecessor of such later books as Robert Harris’ Fatherlandas well as a linear descendant of Philip K. Jun 04, Kris McCracken rated it really liked it. This book is definitely recommended to anyone who would like a view of Britain under German rule. Each of the novelists I have mentioned should be read and enjoyed by the many.

In other words Deighton wrote a classic British mystery novel Although it moved at a ‘slower pace’ than many novels deifhton to today, it still held my interest throughout the entire book. This gave the man more political power than he ever had while alive. I’m watching the series now. View all 5 comments.

Mayhew is a chessmaster playing a difficult game and willing to sacrifice everything and everyone, even his own king, to achieve his goal of starting a war between the USA and Germany in the hope that the USA will eventually liberate Britain from the Nazis.

Inthe Germans landed near Ashford, Kentand Canterbury was declared an open city. A man is found dead deigton superficial evidence points to it possibly being a black market deal gone awry.

He arrests a man who lost his right arm zs the German invasion. As Mr Deighton mentions, the idea of a murder investigation is the ideal premise for this type of story.

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He was too old and ineffectual to be of any political use to anyone, deihgton in North America he would be revealed to be even more powerless than he was previously believed to have been. Of course the other possibility is that I’ve just gotten older and my tastes have changed. The story flows effortlessly, while the feeling that something momentous and possibly ominous is about to happen.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Everyone knew an atom bomb was a theoretical possibility — atom bombs had even appeared in fiction. My site uses cookies. The pace seems to pick up and the story kicks in full blast – you are taken on a literary rollerc The story itself is well thought out and written, albeit not too challenging.

I first read SS-GB back aroundso reading it again now means I have an historical perspective that I did not have all that time ago. London is in shock.

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I do not know what it is like to exist under an occupying force that will execute as easily as let you live; I cannot adequately imagine how hard that must have been. The book reads to me more like a screenplay than a novel.

Setting forth on a tight rope trail of violence, betrayal and danger, Archer moves into worlds within worlds of intrigue. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Whose side will Archer choose?

Archer gives the film containing the nuclear research to Mayhew. At this writing, he is 88 years old. London has been destroyed, the King is imprisoned at the tower and the queen and the princesses have fled to New Zealand. SS-GB is alternate history of the first rank. Loved some of the dialogue here with the characters well builted and I must say that the book has all that it needs not to be let off hand when started.


Jan 14, Monique rated it it was amazing. This book turned out better than I thought it would be. In latethe British MAUD committee produced a report using the new calculations to prove an atom bomb was practical and the British atom bomb project started. Shell craters, and heaped rubble, were marked only by yellow tapes, soiled and drooping between roughly made stakes. The very look of daily life is a walking nightmare of German uniforms, artifacts, regulations.

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He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile. Write a customer review. Episode 5 of 5 Archer and Harry attempt to drive the king out degihton London, but things do not go to plan and Sylvia becomes an unlikely ally. Following a rough interrogation with sa badly shaken Barbara Barga, Kellermann is hot on Archer’s heels. But someone has placed a bomb in the coffin and it explodes, causing large numbers of German and Soviet casualties.

Share your thoughts with other customers. May 13, Alex rated it liked it. Remember this was produced inwell before Photoshop made photo manipulation of this sort relatively simple.

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