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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780553702293
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 6.99(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Robert J. Harris was born and raised in Scotland. He studied Greek and Latin at university and has had a varied career as a bartender, salesman, nurse, actor, game designer, and writer. He designed the best-selling fantasy board game Talisman and is the author of numerous short stories, as well as two historical fiction novels with Jane Yolen: Queen's Own Fool and Girl in a Cage. He lives in St. Andrews, Scotland, with his wife, fantasy author Deborah Turner Harris, and their three sons.

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Fatherland 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
drexler-spiele on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting read. Alternative history based on a real historic data. Very dark and creepy. One of the best in this genre.
michaeldwebb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this partly because of the way Nick Hornby recommended it in Polysyllabic Spree, and partly because the premise, that the Nazis won the second world war, seemed interest.In reality though, the premise wasn't really explored much, and it was just a fairly subdued chase thriller. Not really my cup of tea.
cajela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Creepy and clever, this detective novel is set in an alternative world in which Hitler won, and is about to celebrate his 75th birthday. Our hero is a Berlin policeman, called in to investigate a murder of a rich old former party official. Although a nazi, because who isn't in this reality, he's basically a decent man. We slowly find out more about the world (King Edward and Queen Wallis?) and about the murder and about both real and alternate history. Wheels within wheels - just when you think you understand it, there's another twist. And did I mention that it is deeply, deeply creepy?
kcstewart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took a few chapters before I really got into this book, but as the story evolved I found it hard to out down. Set in the 1960s after Hitler won the war, the alternative take on history is intriguing. Essentially its a detective novel - the protagonist March trying to figure out the truth behind a series of murders. If you like suspense, this is one for you.
nordie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's 1964, twenty years after Germany won WWII. Hitler is approaching his 75th birthday. Berlin has been rebuilt on a massive scale. Poland no longer exists. Western Europe has been dissolved into one Economic bloc. Only Switzerland has escaped becoming part of the Reich Empire. Joe Kennedy is the current American president.Xavier March, a member of the SS after the absorption of the police into the SS, is sent out to investigate a body found in a lake. This pulls him into the high ranks of the German hierarchy during the war, the taking of art, and ultimately the notes of Wanasee, where the Final Solution was discussed and agreed. He finds corruption is rife, triple crosses everywhere and a fanatical belief in the Third Reich (and Hitler) starting with his ex-wife and son. Already disenfranchised with the state of things, it is shattered even more when he comes across an American journalist who gives him another view of things.As usual, you feel that Harris has done his homework - the whole story with regarding to Wansee and the concentration camps ties with other variations I have of this, the use of the German ranks is impressive (esp if you dont know what they mean!) and the envisioning of what Berlin would have been like had the building plans gone ahead.
miketheriley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A reasonable movie with Rutger Hauer, but the book had a good pace in a nazi dominated europe. One of the best examples of the Alternate history genre. Many seem to go off the rails with long explanations and many characters, not so ere. Tightly written
patrickdjoyce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skillfully written thriller that succeeds in spite of the facts that the detective-protagonist we sympathize with is a Nazi officer - in an alternate history that takes place after Germany wins WWII - and the final discovery that resolves the mystery ends up being something with which we are already painfully familiar.
ALincolnNut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in Berlin in 1964, Robert Harris' debut novel, "Fatherland," imagines an alternate history where the D-Day invasion failed. Although Germany remains mired in an unending war with the Russians, there is an uneasy peace between Germany and the United States. Also, Hitler's grand plans for a modern German Empire continue to take shape, through an unquestioned dominance of Europe and displayed in the breathtaking construction of a modern Berlin featuring buildings unparalleled in history.The secret behind two recent murders of high-ranking German officials, though, threatens the grand design and the emerging détente between Germany and the United States. Xavier March, a detective with more interest in his work than in Nazi politics, investigates the suspicious death of an old man who washes up on a riverbank. When the deceased victim turns out to be a former high-ranking Nazi official, March is confronted with both an inexplicable crime and a heavy-handed government cover up.Despite these obstacles, March continues his investigation with the help of Charlotte Maguire, a young American journalist with family ties to prewar Germany. Together, they slowly unravel the secret that must be protected at all costs, even murder.Combining well-documented German actions during the war with many of the promises and dreams offered in Nazi propaganda, Harris constructs a plausible alternate reality dominated by a Nazi police state that seems more terrifying than even the Soviet Union under Stalin. Interestingly, though, he also suggests through subtext that certain Nazi policies could ultimately have destroyed the Third Reich from within. The historical research and analysis is coupled with a twisting, well-paced plot that features a couple of unconventional turns.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting world for a mystery to take place. Germany had won World War II. Hitler had built his new Europe. Now in 1964, President Joseph P. Kennedy will come to Berlin and negotiate Detente with the 75 year old Furher. The main character is a Berlin detective attempting to solve a murder in the strange world. I enjoyed this book very much.
alexrichman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
slim_rusty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast paced thriller set in a highly detailed and terrifying alternate history. A must read, even just for the "what if" factor of it all
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would have happened if the Germans had won? What would be the long-term repurcussions? Would the Reich have continued pushing West, or would they have settled for the increased leibensraum they claimed to have been after? Here, Harris suggests possible answers to these questions, with a vivid portrayal of what life would be like in the thousand-year reich. At its heart, this is a detective story, and this is the story that drives the reader deeper and deeper into the heart of the beast. The secret, when it is revealed, is not surprising - we already know it - but what is shocking is the fact that we might never have known.
furriebarry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty much a bog standard thriller plot (not a million miles from The Da Vinci Code) but set in Germany 1964 which is still ruled by Hitler. Well written for the genre, the setting and themes put it a notch above average.
phersh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great parallax view of future, present and past. How easily fascism could have been and can be. Also, a wonderful exploration of the memory hole that governments depend on to do what George Orwell so famously expressed: "He who controls the past, controls the future; and he who controls the present, controls the past."
dougwood57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Robert Harris's debut novel 'Fatherland' centers around an alternate history. Nazi Germany won the war, it's 1964 and the country is about to celebrate Hitler's 75th birthday. President Kennedy is coming for a visit - but dead bodies begin to show up in Berlin. Not just any old bodies either, but high-level party members with intimate knowledge of the regime's biggest secret, perhaps the darkest secret of all time. Kriminalpolizei detective Xavier March begins to unravel the murders and the secret they are meant to hide. But March's life is a shambles; his thorughly indoctrinated son hates March for being an 'asocial' who has little interest in conforming and supporting the 'normal' activities of the society that has resulted from 30 years of Nazi rule. While I'm not a big fan of alternate histories (there's so much real history to investigate), I am a fan of Robert Harris and the slightly disturbing, definitely enjoyable page-turner he unwinds in the Fatherland.
kdworkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting read -- thank God things didn't turn out this way!
A-Johnson75220 More than 1 year ago
This was a recommendation by a friend and completely outside the norm of what I'd normally read. I found it slightly slow to start but am glad I stuck with it. I'm not a history buff nor am I a crime novel buff, but I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I read cover to cover in about two weeks, which is quick for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. The author is in the same category as Phillip Kerr.
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