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Fatherland | Paperback

Released on 06 May 1993

Author: Robert Harris | Format: Paperback

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"Fatherland" is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday, Xavier March, 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. As March discovers the identity of the body, he 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 an American journalist, 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.

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A first class thriller from one of the prominent authors in the field. Harris' use of imagery to describe the Berlin of an alternate universe is in general great and in places exquisite.

Well researched, the novel relfects accurately what the infrastructure, culture and politics of the sixties would have been like had WWII turned out differently.

The novel contains some great twists and this plot device is used sparingly so as to create genuine astonishment when the plot does twist.

Overall, a fantastic thriller and well worth picking up, especially for those with an interest in 20th century history and specifically WWII.

 A very good plot, but a weak ending

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The plot of this book revolves around an alternative 1960s where Germany won the Second World War through some sort of appeasement with the UK and USA and carved out a large European Empire for its people.

It all starts with a straighforward murder on the banks of a Berlin river that a Detective, Xavier March, needs to investigate. From there it all spirals out of control into a gripping thriller focussing on what would have been, in an alternate history, the final solution for European Jews.

This book should be read. The plot is second to none and at no point do you think that this couldn't happen. The research and thinking that went in to writing this book is phenomenal.

However, I only give it four stars because of the relatively weak ending. The book races through at a blistering pace and all the way you are kept involved. The ending however, appears to just happen. This may have been the way it meant to be, so that the reader can come up with their own idea of what happened, but for me it didn't work as well as it could have done.

Overall then a very good, impecably researched book, but a pity about the ending.

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AuthorRobert Harris
PublisherArrow Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
Year1993
ISBN9780099263814
FormatPaperback - 400 Pages
Illustrations2ill.