Top critical review
Slow paced and confusing
7 December 2017
Dominion is set in 1952, but in a world where Britain made peace with Germany after Dunkirk and has become a puppet state of the Third Reich. The British government is led by Beaverbrook and Moseley, but things are starting to unravel as there is unrest in the Empire, Hitler is close to death and Churchill leads a resistance movement from hiding.
The book ties real events - like the 1950s London smogs - with the fictional tale of a disillusioned civil servant turned spy, an inmate of a lunatic asylum who holds a deadly secret, and the Gestapo agent sent to track them down.
Unfortunately the pace, at least in the first half of the book, is pedestrian and the timeline is confusing as it uses flashbacks and jumps between characters taking you out of sync with other events. There are also odd spots where the action doesn't quite seem to make sense.
The 'what if the Nazis won the war' idea is always interesting but books like Robert Harris' Fatherland and Len Deighton's SS-GB have done it much better than this.