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Liberation Square After the disastrous failure of D Day, Britain is occupied by Nazi Germany, and only rescued by Russian soldiers arriving from the east and Americans from the west The two superpowers divide the nation between them, a wall running through London like a scarOn the Soviet side of the wall, Jane Cawson calls into her husband s medical practice, hoping to surprise him But instead she detects the perfume worn by his former wife, Lorelei, star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regimeJane rushes to confront them, but soon finds herself caught up in the glamorous actress s deathHer husband Nick is arrested for murder Desperate to clear his name, Jane must risk the attention of the brutal secret police as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the stateAnd she might find she never really knew her husband at all A fairly intriguing alternate history thriller in which Britain lost WWII to Germany, only then to be liberated by Soviet Russia For a new author, Gareth Rubin does a surprisingly good job at evoking the Orwellian atmosphere of a communist England The thriller aspects were a bit hit and miss I felt there could have beenaction and espionage, less to do with Jane and her husband Jane was a bit of a boring protagonist But overall the serviceable characters work well enough for this sto A fairly intriguing alternate history thriller in which Britain lost WWII to Germany, only then to be liberated by Soviet Russia For a new author, Gareth Rubin does a surprisingly good job at evoking the Orwellian atmosphere of a communist England The thriller aspects were a bit hit and miss I felt there could have beenaction and espionage, less to do with Jane and her husband Jane was a bit of a boring protagonist But overall the serviceable characters work well enough for this story to move along Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comThe year is 1952 and World War Two ended seven years ago, but not how we remember it In Liberation Square, the British lost the war and now the UK has been split into two sections, the Democratic United Kingdom lead by the Americans and Republic of Great Britain which is run by the Russian, all that separates the two areas is a huge war, guarded by armed soldiers.Jane Cawson and her new husband Nick, a doctor, have been married for just six mo Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comThe year is 1952 and World War Two ended seven years ago, but not how we remember it In Liberation Square, the British lost the war and now the UK has been split into two sections, the Democratic United Kingdom lead by the Americans and Republic of Great Britain which is run by the Russian, all that separates the two areas is a huge war, guarded by armed soldiers.Jane Cawson and her new husband Nick, a doctor, have been married for just six months Jane is a teacher currently out of work One afternoon Jane comes down with a migraine and goes to her husband s doctors surgery to see him When she arrives she is informed that he left to go for a walk about an hour ago and they don t know when he will be back.Jane decides to wait for him and enters his office where she discovers a pile of letters, one is scented and she is certain that the smell is that of her husband s ex wife, actress Lorelei Convinced that her new husband is having an affair with his ex wife, Jane goes to Lorelei s house to confront them However, when she arrives Lorelei is in the bath, dead Jane goes for help and the police and her husband soon arrive at the scene.After some questioning, the police let her go but not before she sees her husband being arrested for Lorelei s murder Convinced he is innocent, Jane and a British officer, Sergeant Frank Tibbot work together to discover what really happened to Lorelei and try to clear Nicks name, but Jane might just discover that her new husband isn t exactly who he says he is.This is the second book that I have read this year which is set in an alternative history after World War Two Alternative histories are quite popular at the moment and I can see why.The book had me engrossed in the plot from the opening scene The UK is split into two sections, Democratic United Kingdom and Republic of Great Britain, both areas divided by a high wall, protected by soldiers reminded me of a certain president s plans A handy map at the front of the book shows you exactly where that divide is, just below Oxford There is also a map showing you the centre of London as it stands now or in 1952 when the book is set.What is truly frighting about the book is how realistic it is and how the UK could of very much ended up as it is within the pages It also has you questioning how well you can actually ever know a person.There is great chemistry between the characters which radiates off the pages The book is exciting and draws you into the events and has you eagerly waiting for the pieces to unfold and the plot to reveal what really happened to Lorelei.The book is filled with rich secrets, at times I found myself rushing through the pages needing to knowThe story has been very cleverly written and is a complete mixture of genres thrown into one From crime to thriller, mystery to historical fiction and even espionage too It is incredible that this is Gareth Rubin s debut novel as the writing is spot on and the plot is flawless I have always enjoyed alternative histories and this is something a little unusual There are lots of novels where the Germans won the Second World War, but this book takes things in a slightly different direction Imagine the Germans won and were then overthrown by the Russians, leaving a wall which goes right through London and splits the country in two To the North, the Americans look down on a battered, war torn city, which is slowly re building itself To the South, the Russian occupy the I have always enjoyed alternative histories and this is something a little unusual There are lots of novels where the Germans won the Second World War, but this book takes things in a slightly different direction Imagine the Germans won and were then overthrown by the Russians, leaving a wall which goes right through London and splits the country in two To the North, the Americans look down on a battered, war torn city, which is slowly re building itself To the South, the Russian occupy the land.Part of this country is recognisable, while other sections are different It is 1952 and those in power include Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess, while Teddy Boys lurk outside milk bars, rationing, as it was despite actually winning the war, was very much in place, the Royal Family are in Scotland and George Orwell was re educated after a book set on a farm, but is, at least, still alive Into this city we meet Jane Cawson, married to a doctor, Nick, for just six months She isconcerned with personal matters, than political ones, believing her husband is having an affair with his ex wife, actress Lorelei, the beautiful star of propaganda films When her husband is missing from the office, she fears he is with her and storms around to her house, only to find her dead This leads to Nick being accused of the murder and Jane, along with British policeman, Sergeant Frank Tibbot, investigating the crime This is something between a crime and a spy novel, with Jane investigating a world which is full of lies and secrets It has an interesting premise and the author has created a believable, alternative scenario I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review Entertaining alternative Cold War history thrillerGareth Rubin has come up with a fascinating alternative universe where a Nazi occupied UK is liberated by Soviet Russia and the USA , and subsequently divided by the two superpowers in a mirror of East West Germany and East West Berlin.The action focuses on a London in the early 1950s divided by a wall on which Checkpoint Charlie is on Oxford Street and the Wall divides Trafalgar Square much like Potsdamer Platz ion Berlin.Rubin uses known pe Entertaining alternative Cold War history thrillerGareth Rubin has come up with a fascinating alternative universe where a Nazi occupied UK is liberated by Soviet Russia and the USA , and subsequently divided by the two superpowers in a mirror of East West Germany and East West Berlin.The action focuses on a London in the early 1950s divided by a wall on which Checkpoint Charlie is on Oxford Street and the Wall divides Trafalgar Square much like Potsdamer Platz ion Berlin.Rubin uses known personalities of the period to further create an alternative history where the Cambridge Five are holding powerful government positions and Orwell has been sent off for re education.The plot centres around Jane Cawson who suspects her husband of still having a relationship with his former wife, Lorelei, star of propaganda films for the new Marxist regime.As you can imagine all is not what it seems and what follows is an entertaining read as she follows a trail of corruption right to the highest levels of the state.The book moves along at quite a pace, with the well observed historical details twisted to make them recognisable but disturbing at the same time..I enjoyed this entertaining thriller with an alternative history that begs forexploration.I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review

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