It is twenty years after Nazi Germany's triumphant victory in World War II and the entire country is preparing for the grand celebration of the FÜhrer's seventy-fifth birthday, as well as the imminent peacemaking visit from President Kennedy.
Meanwhile, Berlin Detective Xavier March -- a disillusioned but talented investigation of a corpse washed up on the shore of a lake. When a dead man turns out to be a high-ranking Nazi commander, the Gestapo orders March off the case immediately. Suddenly other unrelated deaths are anything but routine.
Now obsessed by the case, March teams up with a beautiful, young American journalist and starts asking questions...dangerous questions. What they uncover is a terrifying and long-concealed conspiracy of such astonding and mind-numbing terror that is it certain to spell the end of the Third Reich -- if they can live long enough to tell the world about it....Continua
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.
Fatherland is set in 1964 Berlin with the Nazis still in power, having taken control of Europe but fighting a cold war against the remnant Soviets (east of the Urals) and the U.S. (who has defeated Japan but not fought Germany). A police detective and former U-boat commander, Xavier March, is thrust into a conspiracy that, if unraveled and revealed, could topple the regimes of Germany and the U.S.
Fatherland is a gripping detective thriller with a believable, complicated protagonist. I could not put this book down. At the same time, the author researched Nazi Germany and the Holocaust so well, every detail seemed utterly convincing and compelling (and in fact, he weaves in actual history and documents).
Fatherland is one of the best alt-history novels I've read. Highly recommended!
Ucronia. Thriller. Spy story.
Un mix molto, molto interessante.
Non vi sono, ahimé, abituato, per questo solo tre stelline (quindi la colpa è mia, piuttosto, questa volta).
Il libro, nel complesso, è scritto molto bene. Per niente banale, con un finale da brividi, soprattutto per... una frase :)
As is crucial with a detective novel, one has to warm to the the main protagonist and have lots of plot twists and turns. This book satisfies on both counts. The detective work isn't too brilliant to be implausable.
The setting , in a Germany that won the war, adds depth and places the novel in a wider historical perspective. A fascist state dominating Europe where the Holocaust remains undiscovered is one hell of a backdrop for the story....Continua