Read Dominion Online Free - 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 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.
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January 27, 2013
Here are the facts. The year is 1952. In the east the German war with Russia, now eleven years old, shows no sign of ending. On a line roughly extending from Lake Ladoga in the north-west to the Caspian Sea in the south-east, the struggle is in stalemate, a contest punctuated by blows and counter...
November 07, 2012
A tough and powerful word, but an appropriate title for C J Sansom’s new book. Famous for his Shardlake Tudor series, here Sansom brings us to 1952 in an alternate, authoritarian Britain which made peace with Hitler in 1940. Not formally occupied, Britain is nevertheless dominated by the Nazi reg...
January 11, 2013
I was really surprised how poor this book was. I've given it two stars, but feel the second is probably a bit generous.
I have read CJ Sansom's Shardlake series, and loved them. I've also read his other non-Shardlake book, Winter in Madrid, and thought it was excellent. I have four major issues wi...
November 18, 2013
"Adverbs can kill a novel", David said quietly. "Yes," Natalia answered heavily. "I agree," Frank observed thoughtfully while smiling sadly. Aaaargh! It's a terrible trap - but the dreadful excessive adverbiage slashes hard at the throat of this book from prolific writer CJ Sansom, draining the l...
January 07, 2013
Thought-provoking, highly atmospheric, novel.
Also, wonderful end papers - maps of Europe and of the world in this fictional 1952.
February 09, 2014
I have a theory about this book. I think CJ Sansom wrote it a long time ago. It may even have been his first attempt at a novel. If so, I imagine it was rejected many times over for the perceived faults that I'll go into here and other reviewers have commented on. Then, when the counterfactual 'g...
September 18, 2017
C.J. Sansom has long been one of my favorite writers, but Dominion may be his most richly imagined book yet: it's a wonderful example of what the novel can do - a through-the-looking-glass glimpse into a world that might have been, and almost was.
February 01, 2013
I loved the story, was carried along by it and finally finished reading it in the middle of the night.
I thought the whole alternate history concept was excellent, and I was drawn into the whole world very well. The politics were convincing. The bad guys were too.
But the central issue that drove...
December 08, 2012
This book was a bit - well, miserable. In many ways it was well-written enough, in other ways some things annoyed me. But the fact is, I just didn't really enjoy it very much. 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 pret...
June 13, 2017
What IF Churchill had stood aside & let Lord Halifax become PM when Chamberlain resigned? So begins our story & the route of appeasement is followed in 1940 after the fall of Norway & France in the West. Instead of fighting on alone, Britain too accepts an armistice with Germany, fall...