What if WWII went the other way? In this alternative-history novel, Deighton imagines a chilling world where British Command surrendered to the Nazis in SS-GB [Len Deighton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What if WWII went the other way? In this alternative-history novel, Deighton. : SS-GB: Nazi-Occupied Britain (): Len Deighton: Books.

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The King is a hostage in the tower, the Queen and Princesses have fled to Australia, Churchill has been executed by a firing squad, Englishmen are being deported to work in German factories and the dreaded SS ws in charge of Scotland Yard.

Instead, they got to work on low-priority nuclear physics calculations and soon spotted that a bomb could be an order of magnitude smaller than everyone else thought.

One of the earlier and still best examples of “alternate World War II fiction,” and a direct predecessor of such later books as Robert Harris’ Fatherlandas well as a linear descendant of Philip K. He arrests a man who lost his right arm resisting the German invasion. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The final hundred pages are an absolute joy to read and nothing short of a masterpiece. The UK’s gold and foreign reserves were shipped to Canada.

He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books. Len Deighton shows us almost all of the story of SS-GB through the eyes of Archer, but he uses an omniscient point of view, which is occasionally jarring.

Britain has surrendered to the Nazis, who have won the war and occupy Britain, led by a puppet government. Finally, Archer realises that in fact Mayhew was the original murderer. I was totally immersed in the world created even if my German is very weak – I could make out a few of the terms but not many Open Preview See a Problem?


I must admit, I am an incorrigible aficionado of crime and spy novels, especially those written between the ss. In the end, the invalid King George VI is killed in a rescue and recovery of atomic documentation raid and Kellerman — the head Nazi honcho — outwits Huth, his SS counterpart while Mayhew outwits Archer and achieving his goal of pulling the Americans into the war with the implication that the Allies, with their superior atomic capability, will go on to defeat the Nazis in the near future.

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SS-GB and the what-if novels that alter history

The original hardback edition of SS-GB also included two false documents on the dust jacket: See all 91 reviews. The resistance leaders wanted either the Queen or one of the Princesses in power, and that could only happen if the King were removed.

So, although none of the British and refugee scientists who actually worked on the British atom bomb project are mentioned in SS-GBLen Deighton has this right: The SS lost by the end of this book, and the implication was that America would soon be attacking Germany with atomic bombs flown by long-range bombers, especially what with the King being killed like he was.

There is a gratuitous female love interest; nothing makes sense until the last page and then it all wraps up too neatly after you understand that everyone has been triple-crossing everyone all th I have not read a Len Deighton book for a long time and I must say I was a bit disappointed.

Rationing is severe throughout the occupied zone. Subscribe Receive notification of new posts by email.

In the country districts there are bigger groups, who ambush German motorized patrols. This, however, seems to be just what a thriller should be.

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Episode 1 of 5 It is and the Germans have won the Battle of Britain. View all 9 comments. Rationing is severe throughout the occupied zone. However, he was only shown from a distance and not named. Customers who bought this item also bought. There is the prerequisite female love interest — two actually.


dighton This book is definitely recommended to anyone who would like a view of Britain under German rule. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He attempted to do his job as a police officer, as a detective and solving crimes.

Archer is trying to investigate a murder, which turns out to be far more complicated than it first appeared. I don’t often read thrillers – I just read a proof of a new thriller which I won’t name because I found it very disappointing. The Army is having a guerilla war with SS and a silent coup is taking place. Jan 14, Monique rated it it was amazing.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. May 13, Alex rated it liked it. Deighton does a great job in describing a Nazi-occupied Deighon Britain. Dec 27, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it Shelves: It was first published in It’s become commercialized and much of the fun has been sucked out as a result.

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The TV series gives something of a happier ending than the book. Aug 06, Deignton Cross rated lej really liked it. Jun 12, Themistocles rated it liked it Shelves: A story set inwhen Britain has surrendered to Germany and is occupied with Churchill executed and the King in the Tower of London.

One fruitful line of inquiry might be the international figure denied their place in world history by some grotesque stroke of fate and being compelled to shift their talents and personalities to a smaller stage. The Man in the High Castle.