Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War.
It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday.
Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.
As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo just one step behind, March, together with an American journalist, is caught up in a race to discover and reveal the truth - a truth that has already killed, a truth that could topple governments, a truth that will change history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/10/2009
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780099527893
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Review by alexrichman
Starts out as a quirky yet unspectacular alternative history thriller, but halfway through heads in a far more interesting direction. The last few chapters are gripping.
Review by Shirezu
I'm glad I finally read this book. It has been on my to-read list for some time now. <br/><br/>This book has a possible answer for the question "What if Hitler won the war?". And it tells it from the viewpoint of a disgruntled, disillusioned police detective who whilst investigating a murder uncovers the biggest, closely guarded secret of the German Reich. <br/><br/>A well-written fast paced book it kept me always wanting to know more. And therein lies the issue I had with it. It just didn't tell me enough. I wanted to know more after it ended, what happened next. <br/><br/>I also wanted to know more about the universe of the book. Just how did the Germans defeat the Allies? Why wasn't France, Holland, etc. part of the new German empire? What about Franco and Mussolini? But I guess that's just the historian in me. <br/><br/>It was still a great book and I highly recommend it.
Review by xuebi
Harris writes one of the most convincing accounts of an Axis victory in World War Two, and its global aftermath; yet at the same time it is a first-rate detective story, as one man uncovers an old secret that could threaten the Reich that would last one thousand years. Harris weaves real history with his fiction to create a fully believable account which is tinged just rightly with Nazi propaganda. <br/><br/>An excellent historical thriller that stands as one of the best alternative history works yet.
Review by polarbear123
This one is hyped up massively. But there really are no real surprises here in this by the book detective thriller. Does it get the rave reviews because of the weird fascination felt by people for the nazis? Perhaps. It won't blow you away, and if it does, you really need to read more.