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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I thought the character development was decent, I guess.

Jan 14, Monique rated it it was amazing. Tb 27, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it Shelves: Archer is trying to investigate a murder, which turns out to be far more complicated than it first appeared.

While Deighton struggles with his female characters – really, they seem to exist as empty ciphers to prolong the plot – the tale moves along at a clip and doesn’t get too silly.

SS-GB: Len Deighton: : Books

The resistance leaders wanted either the Queen or one of the Princesses in power, and that could only happen if the King were removed. Deighton shows a frighteningly plausible alternate Britain, rapidly caving in to Nazi tyranny. The Jewish question was barely mentioned, and I would deightoj for the author — or any author approved by Mr Deighton — to write that book. The German advance captured London but a British rear guard around Colchester slowed down the Germans for long enough to enable Royal Navy ships to escape from Harwich.

This book was a delight to read! Deighton left England in This gave the man more political power than he ever had while alive.

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

Superintendent Archer is in for a surprise of the political machinations that involve war torn countries! Customers who viewed this item also viewed.


Inthe British Armed Forces surrendered, Churchill was tried by court-martial in Berlin and executed and the King was held in the Tower of London. I don’t particularly care for alternate history, there are too many good real history and historical fiction out there to spend time reading about things that didn’t happen.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But this being a novel, nothing is simple, and our protagonist, Douglas Archer, finds himself drawn into a deadly web of intrigue between factions in the SS, Wehrmacht, and the struggling British Resistance. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Episode 5 of 5 Archer and Harry attempt to drive the king out of London, but things do not go to plan and Sylvia becomes an unlikely ally.

He has since used his drawing skills to illustrate a number of his own military history books. Britain has surrendered to the Nazis, who have won the war and occupy Britain, led by a puppet government. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Although the body has two gunshot wounds, Archer is puzzled by its condition, in particular by what appears to be sunburn on the arm.

Deighton has a superb and authoritative grasp of the geography and culture of London during the war era. Setting forth on a tight rope trail of violence, betrayal and danger, Archer moves into worlds within worlds of intrigue. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in He attempted to do his job as a police officer, as a detective and solving crimes.

I won’t itemise things because I might damage others’ …more I think the book is better. Already, in England, it has become Len Deighton’s greatest best seller. By having the Germans kill him while attempting to escape, the resistance made a martyr of the King.


Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. To view it, click here. There are no real facts for the average people just rumor and innuendo. In other words Deighton wrote a classic British mystery novel Archer follows the Abwehr officer to London and discovers Mayhew conspiring with an Abwehr general.

The plot of SS-GB is considerably more complicated i. Jun 04, Kris McCracken rated it really liked it. It’s been almost 40 years since I read the book, but I do remember The Horror it engendered in me. It’s become commercialized and much of the fun has been sucked out as a result.

The characters and plot are nothing that stands out, but that’s all par I picked this up on a whim, having head Deighton described as a master of the understated spy thriller. Jan 02, James Smith rated it really liked it. He is an SS officer with his own motivations who was brought in to investigate the murdered man. Finally, Archer realises that in fact Mayhew was the original murderer. 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.

Deighton is very adept at showing deightno inside machinations of the double and delghton culture of the espionage world and he is very knowledgeable on English culture specifically, the old boys club running the spy game and deceptiveness and manipulative nature of human beings. Please check your email inbox to confirm.

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