The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written...1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House.
Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill's Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government's side. 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. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country.
Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog; as David's wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined. And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men... At once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping, humane spy thriller and a poignant love story, with Dominion C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel.
©2012 C. J. Samson (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
"An absorbing, thoughtful, spy-politico thriller set in the fog-ridden London of 1952. Not, however, the year as it is usually remembered . . . What if, in 1940, Lord Halifax became prime minister instead of Churchill? Part adventure, part espionage, all encompassed by terrific atmosphere." (Marcel Berlins, The Times)
"Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!"
Just wanted to say, this is my first C.J Sansom book and certainly not my last. What a great listen and very well narrated by Daniel Weyman, who's dulcet voice and diverse range of accents, settles you perfectly into the mood of the story. Set in an alternative historical Post-WWII 1950s period, Great Britain by then had made a truce with Nazi Germany. This ended the war prematurely by 1940, turning the British government into a anti-Semitic, fascist regime under the German 3rd Reich control. Yet somehow the novel doesn't come across as a yawnful 'Period' piece novel. It has a modern contemporary flow about it which is so much easier on the ear. Dominion is certainly one of my favourite, and most exciting books i've listened to in a long time and recommend this to anyone who likes a good atmospheric spy thriller! Should be made into a film in my opinion! Good job C.J Sansom!
I very rarely bother to review my two listens a month - but this one really stands out. I've just finished it and can scarcely bear to leave the characters and location. Superb - I'm just off to see what other CJ Sansom I can download.
A fantastic novel that is well written with slowly building tension. It draws you into an England that just might have been, if the cards had fallen just a little differently. C J Sansom always writes entertaining books, but I think this is his best yet.
The best book/audio book I've listened to in a while. Fabulous descriptive imagery, totally believable characters and edge of the seat plot. What more could a girl want?
"A little premature, but..."
I usually dont like mid way reviews, but as this audiobook has non yet, I wanted to throw my 2 cents on.
It is deep and excellently written, the characters are believable, the setting, although fictional, feels exceptionally realistic and tangeable.
It draws you in from the start and within 1 day I have already listened to a half of it!
Brilliantly read and with superb accents that really seperate the characters, (even a cracking Winston Churchill impression!).
Another 'Must Read' from C J Sansom
"The debt we owe"
If anyone ever doubts the debt we owe to our forefathers who fought facism this book should be compulsory reading.
Unlike some reviewers I have no problem with the alternate history - it is just that, so applying events from our 50's doesn't work, much of our timeline particularly technology was war driven so a short 1939-40 war and no pacific war would explain the disparities.
What it does show is the creeping evil that spread through many occupied and satellite states of Nazi Germany where regimes competed to out do each other to follow the master race. The distinctly British twist of Star of David lapel badges, the repatriation of German Jewish refugees, the disappearance of "undesirable" authors from library shelves. Like an avalanche starting with the merest movement of a snowflake.
Gripping from beginning to end I would thoroughly recommend it.
"Surprising and thought provoking"
I only knew C.J.Sansom's historical detective novels so this one was a big surprise. It is very clever and perfectly read, dark, truthful and an excellent listen.
"Good old Churchill"
Wow, this book got me hooked right from the start. What might have been if Churchill had not been appointed as PM in the 2nd World War. I loved the detail in this and it builds to a classic chase. Highly recomended.
I was taken in by this book from the word go. Whilst the idea isn't original, the telling of the tale is very unpredictable and its a roller coater ride from early in the book right to the final chapter. This is what I image it would have been like in the UK if we hadn't defeated the enemy. One or two small errors - writer refers to colour supplements to newspapers in the early 1950's when the first was in the sixties but that didn't distract from the overall storey. looking to read more from this author and soon.
Don't miss this brilliant book. This is certainly the most exciting listen I've had from Audible for a long time. Some of it is very bleak in a Sansom-ish sort of way, but the story soon picks up and you just can't stop listening - I won't give away any of the plot but stick with it for the first hour or so and you will not be disappointed.
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