Summary

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…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 greater constraints. There are terrible rumours too about what is happening in the basement of the German Embassy at Senate House.
Defiance, though, is growing. In Britain, Winston Churchill's Resistance organization is increasingly a thorn in the government's side. And in a Birmingham mental hospital an incarcerated scientist, Frank Muncaster, may hold a secret that could change the balance of the world struggle for ever. Civil Servant David Fitzgerald, secretly acting as a spy for the Resistance, is given the mission by them to rescue his old friend Frank and get him out of the country.
Before long he, together with a disparate group of Resistance activists, will find themselves fugitives in the midst of London's Great Smog; as David's wife Sarah finds herself drawn into a world more terrifying than she ever could have imagined. And hard on their heels is Gestapo Sturmbannfuhrer Gunther Hoth, brilliant, implacable hunter of men… At once a vivid, haunting reimagining of 1950s Britain, a gripping, humane spy thriller and a poignant love story, with Dominion C. J. Sansom once again asserts himself as the master of the historical novel.
©2012 C. J. Samson (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
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Critic reviews

"An absorbing, thoughtful, spy-politico thriller set in the fog-ridden London of 1952. Not, however, the year as it is usually remembered . . . What if, in 1940, Lord Halifax became prime minister instead of Churchill? Part adventure, part espionage, all encompassed by terrific atmosphere." ( Marcel Berlins, The Times)
”Every note of this smoggy hell rings true. Yet this switched history also shows how hope might dawn to end the rule of ‘blood and fear’.” (The Independent, Boyd Tonkin)
”Haunting, vividly imagined novel…You will find few better historical novels, even if much of the history it uses never really happened.” (Sunday Times Culture, Nick Rennison)
"What would have happened had Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk? CJ Sansom’s latest historical novel gives a gripping answer, featuring a 1952 England rife with oppression, rumour and defiant rebellion." (Sunday Telegraph Seven)
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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 21-11-12

Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

Just wanted to say, this is my first C.J Sansom book and certainly not my last. What a great listen and very well narrated by Daniel Weyman, who's dulcet voice and diverse range of accents, settles you perfectly into the mood of the story. Set in an alternative historical Post-WWII 1950s period, Great Britain by then had made a truce with Nazi Germany. This ended the war prematurely by 1940, turning the British government into a anti-Semitic, fascist regime under the German 3rd Reich control. Yet somehow the novel doesn't come across as a yawnful 'Period' piece novel. It has a modern contemporary flow about it which is so much easier on the ear. Dominion is certainly one of my favourite, and most exciting books i've listened to in a long time and recommend this to anyone who likes a good atmospheric spy thriller! Should be made into a film in my opinion! Good job C.J Sansom!

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 07-10-15

Genuinely inventive!

Dominion, such an apt title. A cleverly crafted "What if" scenario that came so close to coming to pass. This is a genuinely intelligent book that pits known characters from history into this alternate reality alongside the main protaganists. It's a supremely atmospheric book that very quickly draws you into its rather uncomfortable world.

It's also a very decent thriller once you make the shift to the altered state of history. with good narration from Daniel Weyman to complete the package.

A thoroughly recommended departure from the norm. A book that will make you think because only by a small margin was this seemingly unthinkable scenario in Britain avoided.

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4 out of 5 stars
By P on 31-01-14

Worth a listen

What made the experience of listening to Dominion the most enjoyable?

Good scene setting and thoughtful character development. Good fictional account of an alternative ending to the second World War.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Timothy on 09-12-12

Believable and well researched

What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

Sonorific voice that suited the main character

Any additional comments?

In May 1940 the meeting between Halifax Chamberlain and Churchill really did have a slightly surprising outcome - Churchill formed the government - despite the King and much of the Conservative party favouring Halifax - this what if book looks at what would have happened if the meeting had gone the other way.My real life great uncle (a member of the war cabinet) is killed in this book!

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