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Fatherland by Robert Harris
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Aug 25, 09

bookshelves: 2009, detective, sci-fi
Read in August, 2009

The best thing on alternative history books is that they are dealing with what if? What if Hitled did not die in 1945? What if Germany was under Nazi rule and under the care of almighty Fuhrer? The book begins with the feeling of country under the Nazi rule which is like totalitarian nightmare. Whole country is in the midst of preparation for Fuhrer 75 birthday, when the body is washed on the bank and all troubles started. Xavier March was very talented detective, but with own personal life falling apart. He was divorced and his own son was ratting on him to gestapo for his lack of enthusiasm for Nazi doctrine. His son was about 10 years old.
March was not satisfied with the results and decided to find out what was behind the corpse and yes it was murder, but suddenly the case was closed and handed over to Gestapo. March went on his own after the case and soon ran in to something, which would shook Reich to the core and eventually made world finely realize what Nazi regime was capable off. There was also pretty American reporter as nice addiction to the story and as it progressed she became more and more involved with the case and March.
The very nice thing about this book is how author used the real history facts with the alternative things. One thing Artur Nebe in this book is fantastic. The ending is somewhat open and you did not know if March and American journalist succeeded in some ways.
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