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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 organisation 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 forever.Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given by them 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.Read More

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    Spring 1940. The world is on the brink of the biggest war ever known. At a meeting in Downing Street Britain's leaders decide who is to succeed the exhausted appeaser Neville Chamberlain. But when Winston Churchill is persuaded to serve under Lord Halifax history as we know it is turned on its head. Winter 1952. Though war rages on in the east Britain is 'at peace' with Nazi Germany; the free press has been suspended the streets are patrolled by violent auxiliary police the British Jews face ever tighter constraints and there are dark terrible rumours about what is happening in the basement of Senate House ...Meanwhile Civil Servant David Fitzgerald recruited as a spy by Churchill's proscribed organisation must complete a mission of desperate importance. His old friend Frank Muncaster may have obtained top-secret information with striking ramifications. But David is not the only one looking for Frank and soon the pair -- along with others in their cell and David's terrified wife Sarah -- will find themselves fugitives in their own country fleeing not just for their lives but for the future itself. At once a startling sinister reimagining of 1950s Britain and a gripping humane spy thriller with DOMINION C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel. ; ;

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    The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written ...

  • 0230744168
  • 9780230744165
  • C. J. Sansom
  • 25 October 2012
  • Mantle
  • Kindle Edition (Kindle Download)
  • 450
  • Kindle eBook

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