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SS-GB

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Publisher's Summary

In February 1941 British Command surrendered to the Nazis. Churchill has been executed, the King is in the Tower and the SS are in Whitehall....

For nine months Britain has been occupied - a blitzed, depressed and dingy country. However, it's 'business as usual' at Scotland Yard run by the SS when Detective Inspector Archer is assigned to a routine murder case. Life must go on.

But when SS Standartenfuhrer Huth arrives from Berlin with orders from the great Himmler himself to supervise the investigation, the resourceful Archer finds himself caught up in a high level, all action, espionage battle.

This is a spy story quite different from any other. Only Deighton, with his flair for historical research and his narrative genius, could have written it.

©2009 Len Deighton (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"A brilliant picture of Britain under German rule (Sunday Telegraph)
"One of Deighton's best. Apart from his virtues as a storyteller, his passion for researching his backgrounds gives his work a remarkable factual authority. With Bomber and Fighter he established himself as an expert on a period... the authority of these books seem absolute." (The Observer)
"Len Deighton is the Flaubert of the contemporary thriller writers... there can be little doubt that this is much the way things would have turned out if the Germans had won the war." (Michael Howard, Times Literary Supplement)
"Deighton is a tremendous weaver of tales... action is all, and splendidly done. A master of fictional espionage." (Daily Mail)
"The poet of the spy story." (Sunday Times)
"For sheer readability he has no peer" (The Standard)

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    Graeme from Preston 02/03/2015 Member Since 2007
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    "Complex and compelling"

    Having an alternative universe where Germany wins WW2 is all too common these days. However this stylish early example has a superb plot, brilliantly realised characters and authoritative descriptions. Following a murder detective, Donald Archer, the politics and plots of the Nazis and British resistance convolute and intrigue. Brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin 23/07/2015
    Gavin 23/07/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "a cracking book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of SS-GB to be better than the print version?

    no - but just as enjoyable


    What other book might you compare SS-GB to, and why?

    fatherland - similar concept w and well researched


    Have you listened to any of James Lailey’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it was very disturbing and thought provoking


    Any additional comments?

    a well considered and well written book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 20/02/2015
    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 20/02/2015 Member Since 2011

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    "Fantastic book"

    This is a well read story that grips you all the way. Len Deighton is a great author who knows how to get his readers/listeners attention from start to finish

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beccy 15/08/2016
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    "Boring"

    Although well read by James Lailey I found the story boring and a missed opportunity for what is an exciting premise

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    Boobie 26/02/2016
    Boobie 26/02/2016
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    "Excellent Story"

    An excellent story and generally well narrated. Certainly well worth a listen.

    Small gripes:

    it's quite annoying to hear four retakes in the audio
    subaltern is not pronounced "sub all tern".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mickey G 09/10/2015
    Mickey G 09/10/2015

    I love historical fiction and boys own adventure otherwise I am no one of consequence.

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    "What an Enjoyable Detective Novel"
    If you could sum up SS-GB in three words, what would they be?

    GREY, TWIST, INTRIGUE


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story isn't really about Nazi's, atomic bombs, murder or resistance. There is a bigger game at stake.


    What about James Lailey’s performance did you like?

    Beautifully done. Sounds a little like Michael Caine. Got the German accents down perfectly.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    The US and female accents are not so good. You think you know where this book is headed and it surprises you. Not a big fan of detective novels but his one is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drewdle 17/09/2015
    Drewdle 17/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Britain under the Nazi boot."

    A very slow burn of a book that starts out as a traditional murder mystery but as you get into it, it starts to twist and turn like a fish on a line. Builds a very convincing picture of what this nation may have suffered had Germany managed to invade. It felt like it was going on a long time at some points but is worth sticking with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic Cornwall,UK 03/08/2015
    Bookaholic Cornwall,UK 03/08/2015 Member Since 2016

    Libran

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    "A brilliant book on all levels"

    Engrossing to listen to. Immaculately researched and beautifully written. Narrated with great skill. Plot and sub plots intertwined kept me guessing until the last page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    catsatcastle 03/05/2015
    catsatcastle 03/05/2015 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Interesting but I can't help feeling a bit disappointed"
    What made the experience of listening to SS-GB the most enjoyable?

    James Lailey's reading. I also have his reading of The Ipcress File by the same author and he did such a good job with that so I felt sure he would do a good job with this one too. He did but this book gave him less scope as the characterisation is weaker and gave him less scope for the sardonic humour that he was able to bring to Ipcress.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SS-GB?

    The earlier sections were stronger as they were more atmospheric and Deighton did a very good job of recreating the mood of London under Nazi rule. It then rather tailed off as the lack of characterisation became more obvious as the book went on. It also became too embroiled with so much in-fighting between the various Nazi and resistance factions and police man just trying to do his job that I stopped trying to work out where we were and who was fighting against whom.


    What does James Lailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He has a lovely voice and gives distinct characterisation. His women's voices are just right and he did a good job with the accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did find the ending unepxectedly moving but it was rather spoilt by being rather rushed. Deighton spent a lot of time setting up the various factions and then seemed suddenly to remember that the opening scene had involved a murder and the solution to that seemed rather tacked on.


    Any additional comments?

    This was, I believe, one of the earliest 'what if Hitler had won the war' novels. I had been curious about it for some time, I am glad to gave read it and I think it is worth my four stars. However, it has to be said that other writers have since improved on the genre by keeping it simpler. Robert Harris's Fatherland has some similarities (although it is set in Germany) and is much more involving. The main protagonist in SSGB is not terribly interesting or endearing and the obligatory love interest is not engaging. The machinations of the various factions are over-complicated and overwhelm any real human interest in the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R Wokingham, United Kingdom 02/04/2015
    R Wokingham, United Kingdom 02/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "They never came"
    Where does SS-GB rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its very good in terms of a what if story. It was confusing in parts with the relationships between the various parts of the German organisations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ober Stumbahnfuhre Wroth - he always seemed to be ahead of the rest although in the end it did not help him from his eventual fate.


    What does James Lailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His performance was very good in bringing the individual characters alive and gave them a personality that was a strong part of the overall story


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me curious into what was the overall reasoning behind the actions of the various parts of the German occupation command.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read the Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich I cannot see why the treatment the book showed as being part of our occupation would have been any different from that the germans inflicted upon the rest of Europe but this a work of fiction so you cannot compare with real life. All in all a very good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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