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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  9,433 ratings  ·  1,167 reviews
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 ...more
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Published October 25th 2012 by Mantle
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Stephen King
Great alternate-history novel. The Nazis win, occupy Britain. Check it out.
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Here are the facts. The year is 1952. In the east the German war with Russia, now eleven years old, shows no sign of ending. On a line roughly extending from Lake Ladoga in the north-west to the Caspian Sea in the south-east, the struggle is in stalemate, a contest punctuated by blows and counter blows which settle nothing.

In the west Britain, having made peace with Germany after the brief war of 1939-40, is governed by a crypto-fascist regime headed by Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, the press m
Andrew Robins
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was really surprised how poor this book was. I've given it two stars, but feel the second is probably a bit generous.

I have read CJ Sansom's Shardlake series, and loved them. I've also read his other non-Shardlake book, Winter in Madrid, and thought it was excellent. I have four major issues with this book, though.

Firstly, the story is not only told at such a plodding, dull pace, it is also not actually a particularly enthralling one in the first place. The idea of a Nazi puppet state Britain
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A tough and powerful word, but an appropriate title for C J Sansom’s new book. Famous for his Shardlake Tudor series, here Sansom brings us to 1952 in an alternate, authoritarian Britain which made peace with Hitler in 1940. Not formally occupied, Britain is nevertheless dominated by the Nazi regime. Its home-grown “milice” – a vastly expanded and violent Special Branch working hand-in-hand with the Gestapo dispensing brutality from the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House – patrols th ...more
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
"Adverbs can kill a novel", David said quietly. "Yes," Natalia answered heavily. "I agree," Frank observed thoughtfully while smiling sadly. Aaaargh! It's a terrible trap - but the dreadful excessive adverbiage slashes hard at the throat of this book from prolific writer CJ Sansom, draining the lifeblood out of a novel with a fascinating "alternate history" premise.

Counter-factuals are all the rage these days, even creeping into genuine historical accounts: I recently read a (factual) book on t
Paul E. Morph
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A chilling tale of an alternate Earth where World War II ended in 1940 with Hitler victorious. The bulk of the book takes place in the early 1950s in a Nazi occupied England.

I absolutely loved this book. It horrified me but, more importantly, made me think about WWII in ways I never had before.

This was my first taste of C.J. Sansom’s work but, after this, I’ll definitely be reading more. Highly recommended.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The interesting thing with alternate history novels is how much you know about that time and what is factual and what is played upon. I’m no history buff but even I know that Germany didn’t win World War 2.

The prologue sets things up nicely with Churchill not becoming Prime Minister and all shit hitting the fan before being introduced to the main characters some 10 years later.

This is by far the longest audiobook I’ve listened to and the narrator kept things moving nicely. I never got bore
Sonia Gomes
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: The reviews of the book
This is 1952. Britain has made peace with Germany after the Dunkirk debacle.
Britain is now governed by a crypto-fascist regime headed by Max Aitken and Lord Beaverbrook, the press magnate. Meanwhile, although War in Britain is over, the War between Russia and Germany still continues and there seems to be no sign of it abating.
The presence of the Resistance in Britain headed by Churchill is everywhere, for although the Germans do not occupy Britain, the nation is still very much under their sph
Robert Ronsson
I have a theory about this book. I think CJ Sansom wrote it a long time ago. It may even have been his first attempt at a novel. If so, I imagine it was rejected many times over for the perceived faults that I'll go into here and other reviewers have commented on. Then, when the counterfactual 'genre' became popular, the author (or his agent) decided it would be a good idea to dust Dominion off, give it a quick read through and get it published on the back of his now-established reputation.
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Thought-provoking, highly atmospheric, novel.

Also, wonderful end papers - maps of Europe and of the world in this fictional 1952.
What IF Churchill had stood aside & let Lord Halifax become PM when Chamberlain resigned? So begins our story & the route of appeasement is followed in 1940 after the fall of Norway & France in the West. Instead of fighting on alone, Britain too accepts an armistice with Germany, falling under her sphere of influence with the Isle of Wight annexed to the German Army. This is the premise that what is too follow is based on.

For the protagonists we have the British divided into pro/anti
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy, own, read_2019
Dominion is a slow burning spy novel with an alternate history twist. Clocking in at just under 700 pages (the perfect paperback edition), the book requires patience as a steady stream of characters (complete with lengthy backstories) are introduced along with multiple plot threads which eventually converge.

Don’t be mistaken for thinking Dominion is a historical book based on fact. It’s distinctly alt-reality with Britain having surrendered to Germany, leaving the Nazi regime largely in control
Roger Brunyate
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not So Imaginary
All events that take place after 5:00 p.m. on 9 May 1940 are imaginary.
The moment that the author refers to in his disclaimer is the scene which forms the brilliant climax to Michael Dobbs' Winston's War, the British cabinet meeting at which Neville Chamberlain, the discredited appeaser, resigns and Winston Churchill takes over as Prime Minister. But in Sansom's book, he doesn't; the job goes instead to Lord Halifax, better connected and the safer bet. Halifax, though, has less
Ann Rawson
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ann by: Phil Woodford
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Penelope Irving
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit - well, miserable. In many ways it was well-written enough, in other ways some things annoyed me. But the fact is, I just didn't really enjoy it very much. I found I had to force myself to plough on to the end, and if I hadn't been listening to the audio book version, I'm pretty sure I would have put it aside for later about halfway through and not bothered to pick it up again.

The premise intrigued me, which is why I chose it in the first place - it's set in a Britain which
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2014
It is 1952 and in the UK the people are ruled by a puppet government that submitted to the Nazi government in 1940 after the disaster of Dunkirk. Churchill is in hiding, and the anti German feeling and the boldness of the UK resistance is growing week on week. Germany is fighting Russia, still, a long and protracted war that seems to have no end. Hitler is still in charge of most of Europe, but is suffering from health issues and hasn’t been seen for a long time. As his power wains, the jostle b ...more
Inqiad Ali
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars.
The Book was okay with me, but it is not as good as the "Winter In Madrid" by the same author. The notion of alternate history looks awesome to me, but the picture which Sansom painted seemed a bit unrealistic to me.
First of all, there is the question of who will succeed Hitler after his death. The best candidate for me would have been Göring. But in the book, he has died long before 1952, which is premature. The second best candidate, for me, would have been Rommel, but the author just
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I found this an interesting premise for an Alt History novel. It is set in 1952 England, where instead of Churchill becoming Prime Minister when Chamberlain falls – Lord Halifax does. This sets in motion a chain of events that when France falls 2 months later England quits the war instead of fighting on. Western Europe, including England is dominated by Germany who is fighting an endless war in Russia. England becomes a Vichy state. As the novel opens the Germany is just starting to round up the ...more
I'd had enough of this book by about a quarter of the way through. The constant flashbacks and reminiscences became annoying interruptions to the flow of the story. I began to wonder if the author was being paid by the word like Dickens because there was so much irrelevant background. The final straw was when Frank reminisced about his schooldays in Edinburgh. Sansom has Frank's brother and other pupils saying 'disnae' for doesn't and 'ye' for you. It's a private boarding school in Edinburgh, fo ...more
Paul Fulcher
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
A well researched alternative history marred by being delivered as a tawdry thriller, and with too much of a modern-day political hidden agenda.

CJ Sansom has clearly done a lot of research and given a lot of thought to how history might have panned out had Lord Halifax rather than Churchill become Prime Minister in 1940 and had Britain gone on to sue for peace following Dunkirk.

Had he simply written a fictional-history of the subsequent events, then I suspect this would have been a 4 star review
L.K. Jay
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I am a fan of the Shardlake novels and so I was really looking forward to this Sansom novel. I like that his novels are slow burners, that you take time to get to know the characters and become immersed in the plot. But despite being long, the novel is always a page turner and I'm always slightly despondent when it ends as I know that it'll be another couple of years before another one comes out.

This one was the same, I was just hoping for another Shardlake novel but that is just me being selfis
Gerald Sinstadt
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-general
Can there be two authors writing under the same name? C J Sansom's Shardlake books were evocative adventures with vivid invented characters (the hunchback lawyer, Barak his henchman, Guy the former monk) beside real figures from Tudor England.

C J Sansom's Dominion takes the reader back no further than an imagined May 1940 to postulate Britain after Hitler has won the war. The research, as in the Shardlake series, has been done exhaustively, but here it is plastered on in great slabs that slow do
Doreen Petersen
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Excellent "what if" book. I really enjoyed it.
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Overall... I dunno.

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And the ending was terrible. All this buildup of a story... for what? This reader is irritated.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This spectacular, provocative thriller will send chills down your spine whilst the historical element brings a sense of nostalgia to bygone fear!

Contrary to other works by C.J Sansom this political, spy thriller is certainly atypical to his norm, and so I was full of excitement when ‘Dominion’ was released in bookstores this October. Set in London, 1952, one is transported back in time to a world of war; conflict and danger as Hitler & Nazi Germany are the central focus for this stunning pi
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Good, but flawed.

The world Sansom creates is excellent: a British Empire that has capitulated after Dunkirk, collaborating with a Greater Germany ruled by an ailing Hitler. It avoids many of the cliches in the counter-factual fiction genre and the nastiness of the British regime at home and abroad is made clear.

The characters are good and sympathetic, not really compelling. The protagonist has two longstanding connections to the plot, as a friend of a key character with a secret, and as a civil
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dominion presents half an hour of real history: from 4.30 to 5. pm 9th May 1940. After 5 is fiction: Churchill does not become PM, Halifax does. Sansom builds his what-if history around real characters, their psychology and how they probably would have behaved in these new circumstance, which gives a brilliant new insight into the history and the people of the time. Halifax, a known appeaser, signs the (fictitious) Treaty of Berlin whereby England becomes a German satellite and England is not in ...more
May 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing book, it was so 'unputdownable' I even read it as I walked to the toilet I was that capitivated!!!

Enough people have described the plot so I'll skip that here, but the character development is brilliant, slowly teasing out key details about each person and weaving their lives together. OK so some arts were a little predictable, and could have taken a bit of a different turn but there's only so many different alternative history themes that could be wrote about.

My major critici
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Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is an English writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor. He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full-time as a writer.
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