cover image The Last Refuge

The Last Refuge

Clive Egleton, . . Severn, $27.95 (224pp) ISBN 978-0-7278-6182-5

First published in the U.K. in 1972 under the title The Judas Mandate , Egleton's third alternative history set in a Soviet-occupied Britain blends, like its predecessors (Never Surrender and The Sleeper ), tough-nosed realism with a poetic sense of tragic loss. When the Russians decide to pull out and leave a gang of British lackeys to run the country, series hero and resistance fighter David Garnett must get six anti-Soviet politicians trying to form a government-in-exile to safety. Egleton, who has shown in his many thrillers that he knows what goes on behind closed cabinet-room doors, brings this unlikely scenario to life with great skill and ironic understatement. Fans of Len Deighton's SS/GB and the film It Happened Here , both of which are set in an England occupied by Nazi Germany, will be especially pleased. (Mar.)