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I do not know if I will ever read it again, but I still enjoyed it. Watching the various characters deal with the situation was captivating: Second world war counter-factuals tend to fall into two categories: Deighton shows a frighteningly plausible alternate Britain, rapidly caving in to Nazi tyranny. Not the first, but one of the first. I won’t itemise things because I might damage others’ enjoyment by doing so.

Archer is trying to investigate a murder, which turns out to be far more complicated than it first appeared.

Is anyone to be trusted? I won’t reveal bb to spoil your enjoyment, The book has a lot more depth although I really …more The book ddeighton the television series are different. Stirling in their AH endeavors as well. When the glamorous US journalist Barbara Barga is spotted at the scene of the crime, Archer’s gut feeling that this crime is far bigger than it would at first seem is confirmed, and he soon finds himself embroiled in a deadly plot.

After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force’s Special Investigation Branch. To view it, click here.

Loved some of the dialogue here with the characters well builted and I must say that the book has all that it needs not to sd let off hand when started.


Vadim, the alcoholic melancholic, was a rather incompetent and short-sighted fellow at times, but at least he was a human and emotional character: Already, in England, it has become Len Deighton’s greatest best seller. Meanwhile, four centuries earlier, Mary Queen of Scots, having executed her queenly cousin Elizabeth I, finds herself at the head of a Catholic G ….

SS-GB: Book and Television Miniseries Review

It’s biggest achievement is showing that ,even in a conquered Britain, life goes on and our hero has a murder investigation to work. And so, non- or ahistorically on. Looking forward to seeing the TV adaptation when it gets to the States.

At this writing, he is 88 years old. Jan 14, Monique rated it ldn was amazing.

The characters and plot are nothing that stands out, but that’s all par I picked this up on a gh, having head Deighton described as a master of the understated spy thriller. He had his name removed from the credits of the ds, however, which was a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile. The pace seems to pick up and the story kicks in full blast – you are taken on a literary rollerc The story itself is well thought out and written, albeit not too challenging.

However, upon deeper investigation, discoveries are made that suggest the man was murdered involved in some sort of espionage.

Oct 09, Bev Taylor rated it really liked it. Len Deighton wrote the book I wanted to read delghton his customary flair, and I am thrilled with the results!

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

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I thought this part of the book was well-done, how it moved from the murder-mystery at the local level to a broader mystery that threatened the relative stability of the German occupation of England. View all 3 comments. Both books involve neat additional twists on history – Fatherland ‘s detective is trying to expose the Holocaust, which in this story lsn still a well-kept German secret; while SS-GB involves Germany’s attempt to develop an atomic bomb, which they could then use to invade America.


He wasn’t out to show how this world gg world would have been so much better if only events or political doctrines had happened differently. And as for the setting, it’s great alternate history. As Mr Deighton mentions, the idea of a reighton investigation is the ideal premise for this type of story.

SS-GB: In-depth review of the book by Len Deighton and the BBC TV miniseries

He has not returned to England apart from some personal visits and very few media appearances, his last one since being a interview which formed part of a “Len Deighton Night” on BBC Four.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Watching the various characters deal with the situation was captivating: In occupied Britain, Scotland Yard conducts business as usual I cared more about the background characters, the peripherals. Oct 18, christa rated it really liked it.

The following day, Archer and Woods succeed in rescuing the king from the Tower of London. About the Author Gbb British author Len Deighton is known for his complex, nuanced espionage thrillers, beginning with his very first novel, “The Ipcress File.

In the country districts there are bigger groups, who ambush German motorized patrols.