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It's just a case of watching it all plod along, with very few unanswered questions to hook the reader's interest. A dozen years later in 1952, it is Beaverbrook who is PM of a British Client state of Nazi Germany whose own leader, an ailing Hitler, is still battling with the Russians on the Eastern Front.
One SS man asks another one, what will happen to the British jews after they'd been rounded up, and the answer is "They'll be sent to the Isle of Wight, then sent out east. Everything is under supreme control, with the likes of the press, radio and tv, streets are patrolled by violent police, and all this and ever greater constraints the British will have to endure. I found I had to force myself to plough on to the end, and if I hadn't been listening to the audio book version, I'm pretty sure I would have put it aside for later about halfway through and not bothered to pick it up again. A resistance movement has sprung up, and the main character in the novel, David Fitzgerald, a low level civil servant in the Dominions office, is passing them documents. Sansomâ€™s prose is not as dense as other historical fiction Iâ€™ve read ( A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel) so I found it quite an easy read.
In almost 570 pages of text the only believable character, the only character with any real human depth, is the world-weary Gunther Hoth, the Gestapo agent on Muncaster’s tail. In the end Frank takes himself and the ‘dreadful secret’ into oblivion, an action, if taken earlier, that would have saved several hundred wearisome pages. Indeed his greatest opprobrium is reserved for the Scottish Nationalist Party and, rather bizarrely, the very last pages of his postscript reveal that the main purpose of the novel seems to be to weigh into the current debate on Scottish Independence.
Samson has simply advanced beyond his fictitious present to a real future, to Powell’s 1960s warning over the possible effects of mass immigration. After citing numerous historical works as references, Sansom pays enthusiastic homage to one novel: Fatherland by Robert Harris (1992), a book I have not yet read. His brother is now lives in America and is working on the atomic project, but is over to for their mother’s funeral. For readers who enjoy a grown-up adventure story Dominion is evocative, alarming and richly satisfying’ Daily Express Books by C.And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever. A junior civil servant gets involved with a plot to rescue an old friend with a deadly secret and all set against the start of the Final Solution reaching England and all Jews being rounded up. They have never got on, and they have a massive argument in Frank’s flat where Frank is told some of the secrets that xxx knows. I like that we get to know the characters and the slow creep of danger as they realise that the world they are living in is becoming more and more dangerous. Powell, who only entered Parliament in 1950, was an admirer of British rule in India, that much is true, but by the early 1950s his imperial convictions were weakening.