SS-GB by Len Deighton1941, and England invaded – and defeated – by the Germans...
The King is a hostage in the tower, the Queen and Princesses have fled to Australia, Churchill has been executed by a firing squad, Englishmen are being deported to work in German factories and the dreaded SS is in charge of Scotland Yard. London is in shock. The very look of daily life is a walking nightmare of German uniforms, artifacts, regulations. There are collaborators. There are profiteers. But there are others working in hope, in secret, and desperate danger, against the invader. And still others are living strangely ambiguous lives – none more so than Detective Superintendent Douglas Archer (Archer of the yard as the press like to call him), trying to maintain a peculiarly, almost sacredly, British institution under a Nazi chief. Archer has started work on what seems, at first, a routine murder case. But suddenly an SS Standartenfuhrer from Himmlers personal staff flies in from Berlin to supervise the investigation, and Archer is plunged deep into an espionage battle for which he is completely unprepared, and where the stakes are incredibly high. We’re dealing with something that could prove so deadly that not even the Black Death would compare with the consequences, the SS man tells him.
Setting forth on a tight rope trail of violence, betrayal and danger, Archer moves into worlds within worlds of intrigue. The British resistance, wealthy collaborators, high-level scientists, German army and SS factions and vicious rivalry, a beautiful American reporter on assignment for the still-neutral papers back home – these are the players that Deightons treacherously shifting drama, as it races toward its chattering climax that involves the fate of the King, and of England itself.
SS–GB is fascinating in its premise, utterly authentic and convincing in its detail. It is the most gripping novel we have had from the author of The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin, and Bomber. Already, in England, it has become Len Deightons greatest best seller.
At the beginning of the 5th episode, Douglas Archer Sam Riley wakes up and prepares for his mission. He meets up with Harry Woods James Cosmo and the couple heads to the hospital. King George Jonathan Cullen is tossed into the back of the ambulance. She is ordered to get up and walk to an adjacent room. Meanwhile, Archer begins to experience problems with the ambulance. The clutch goes out and this leads them sidelined.
Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. Title: Episode 1. Harry and Douglas, helped by Sylvia, rescue the ailing king from hospital and bundle him into an ambulance with a view to sending him to safety in America. A flat tyre leads them to seek assistance at a farm house where they are almost betrayed and need to move on, arranging to meet Resistance leader Mayhew at the airfield. However they have walked into a trap - which at least draws Nazi attention away from the destruction of the bomb factory, as Douglas discovers a lesson in treachery.
However, unfortunately that would be to do what most of the characters spent half the time doing, and lie. - It was by far the most gripping episode of the lot, but still felt as inessential and unsatisfying as everything it preceded. Wrong war, I know.
Sign in. The bomb blast causes many casualties and, as martial law is imposed. Douglas forges papers to take his son to the safety of the unoccupied zone with his neighbour Joyce Sheenan. Returning to work he After the murder of policeman Jimmy Dunn by the Resistance, Harry accuses Douglas of provoking the movement by working for Kellermann and Douglas, having failed to save Sylvia from being arrested,
Well we got to Bringle Sands in the end, and what fun we had. I think I even managed to work out what was happening. The spiky, sexy Sylvia died in the same hail of bullets that did for the king, while Harry bought one in the leg but was last seen in the care of some yokellish resistance men and seemed likely to survive. After four sometimes dreary episodes, the denouement was much better — taut, gripping, complex. Suddenly everything shifted. Mayhew was Mr Big, the man with the plan, using Archer, Sylvia, even the king as pawns in his game, collateral damage. We also saw Huth in an entirely new light.