An imaginative premise - we are 70 years after WWII and in Berlin, and Germany won. A few Jews have survived but must not reveal their race to anyone but another Jew if they are to survive. Meanwhile, the German Empire selects its next Furher, while the Union of Fascists that rules a conquered Britain debates how, according to Hitlers own writings, he should be chosen.
All potentially thrilling. But in this writers hands it is not. Endless descriptions of childhood arguments, of the all encompassing fear being Jewish entails (conveyed by saying how afraid they feel), umpteen bus journeys, buying a paper, eating lunch and , worst of all, pointless descriptions of games of Bridge (I kid you not).
I can see what the author is trying to do - build up the characters, paint a picture of family life, involve us with the characters emotions. He fails, totally. And in the end merely bores us.
I was going to give this 2 stars but it is really too bad for that. Dull, predictable, poorly written. One of the fuhrers is called Kurt Haldweim (geddit?) !And the plot, such as it is, soon becomes recognisable for what it is - Gorbachev, Yeltsin and the end of communism just transposed to a Germany that won the war!
Whereas we might have had a fascinating exposition of a fascist society at the the end of the 20th century, a chilling tale of fear, a profoundly moving alternative history, this is none of those. It could have been fast-paced and enthralling, but it is just slow and boring.