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Dominion
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
After reading " A Winter in Madrid" by C J Samson I couldn't wait to read "Dominion".

Domionion is a real "What if" book.

The book is based around the story of, what if Britain had surrendered to Germany in 1940? And Britain becomes a satellite state of Germany.

The book is based around the actions of the "British Resistance" trying to ensure the safety of a British scientist who inadvertently has information on the US atom bomb. Different characters from the British ruling Government, Germany and conscripts to the British Resistance become involved in a fast paced race through England to get the scientist out of the country before the Germans catch him.

I could not put the book down. I found it so interesting historically, a thriller full of suspense and very thought provoking. As a person born just after the end of World War 2 it really made me think about how I would have been brought up and how my life might have been - "what if".

I can strongly recommend this book for its historical content and for its action suspense. Fascinating read!
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on 21 March 2015
I enjoyed this book enormously.
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on 18 March 2015
Good yarn with some weaknesses.
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on 25 February 2015
not as enthralling as shardlake
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on 6 January 2015
Well written and most enjoyable
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2013
I love CJ Sansom's 'Shardlake' books, set in the mid-1500s, so hearing of a new book in a different period and style was great news.

This book poses a scenario where WW II ends in 1940 with Germany victorious. Britain, in the early 1950s, is under German rule, though there is a Resistance led by Winston Churchill.

A man is persuaded to spy on Civil Service documents at work; another learns a secret from his elder brother, just returned from California for their mother's funeral; this secret is so terrible that the younger brother, never considered entirely normal, to become so agitated he's consigned to a mental asylum. The whole story is incredibly detailed and plausible, and builds to a quite gripping end. This must a been an historian's dream: rewrite history and extrapolate from known facts. It's been compared to 'Fatherland,' by Robert Harris - which I loved - but though the basic assumption is the same, the styles are very different. As a mark of my enjoyment, as soon as I finished it I headed to the PC to recommend the book to friends around the world by email, then hit the Amazon trail.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2013
Story really interesting moved at a realistic place, characters intersting and believable, waitin for another book by this author! Please
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2013
Lets slap in a few facts, a few publications, a few politicians and weave a fictional story around the Atom Bomb, the Germans British and Americans and what might have happened after May 1940. Lets hope the reader has only a limited historical knowledge of the times and will take the fiction as being true fiction when it should have been faction.

This is the very failure of this novel. The main characters are too unreal to be imagined as real. The plot is at least 6 years too advanced, the atom bomb being close to being perfected in the early 1940's not as late as the 1950s. Its fiction but historically unreal fiction.

A very laboured plot, with lightweight characters and a main theme which was historically out of cinq with what actually happened. Fiction and fact must marry to some degree for the reader to be enthralled.

Read Robert Harris, Fatherland for the best novel "of what might have happened if". This falls way way short.

Very disappointing after all the Shardlake novels and the excellent Winter in Madrid.
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VINE VOICEon 3 October 2013
Just occasionally I come across a book which effortlessly captures my imagination and takes me to another world - the kind of book you just can't wait to pick back up and keep reading. Dominion is one such book for me. At 690 pages long it required a good author to keep my attention, but CJ Sansom achieves this here, as far as I'm concerned. This is a hide-and-seek thriller set in a Britain that has capitulated to Nazi Germany and Sansom draws a totally believable picture of our country as it might have been... and he draws some powerful connections between the nationalism that dominated Europe in the 1940s and 50s and the new wave of nationalism that threatens the contintent again. In an epilogue he puts the SNP/Alex Salmond under particular scrutiny and make a powerful case against Scottish independence.
This would make a wonderful film/tv series if handled well - but for the moment I just feel bereft of a wonderfully encompassing story to dive into - so I've just ordered 'Winter in Madrid' and hoping that will be just as good!
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on 2 February 2013
CJ has given us great books in the Shardlake series but when he strays out of them his work doesn't quite fit. I liked Winter in Madrid very much but it still was a little wooden...as is Dominion, well more a great log in places that needs sawing up.

So, trustworthy David is a resistance spy in a sad marriage who ends up in a web of spy chasing with an SS officer and a nuck secret. I did enjoy much of this and read to the end - but goodness, did I skip a lot of pages. There is so much dialogue. And the characters lack something - why is the bad guy bad? And we know which female character will redeem herself. And David just never changes at all.

And Robert Harris really did this alternative history in Fatherland so why do it again? Why is this novel?

The scenes of the 50s and the smog are super and again we see chinks of what made CJ a great read - but this book could have been edited by a good third.

Please go back to Shardlake...and no more preaching to your paying readers. Sorry...I was a fan.
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