The Dynamite Room

      Jason Hewitt

The Dynamite Room

It was all her doing. She had cried wolf, and the wolf had come.
It's July 1940, and eleven-year-old Lydia has just run away from life as a child evacuee in Wales. She arrives in her English village, gas mask in tow, only to find it abandoned. Her family's house is shuttered and empty, the windows covered by black-out blinds—but Lydia settles in, determined to wait there until they return.
Late that night he comes: a wounded soldier, gun in hand, heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, the man explains, certain rules that Lydia must now follow. He says he won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house.
As the unlikely pair coexists in the claustrophobic confines of the house, each becomes dependent on the other for survival. But when Lydia tries to uncover what brought the soldier to her door, she realizes that he knows more than he should about her family—and that he's plotting something for them both.
Eerie, gripping, and...
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    Devastation Road

      Jason Hewitt

Devastation Road

A man named Owen wakes up in a field in a country he does not know. Injured and confused, he pulls himself to his feet and starts to walk, thus beginning a remarkable journey in search of his home, his past and himself.
He is told it is April 1945. A war he only has a vague memory of ever joining is now in its dying days, and as he tries to make his way home to England he becomes caught up in the flood of refugees pouring through Europe. Amongst them is a young Czech man, Janek, and a Polish concentration camp survivor, Irena.
Together, they form an unlikely alliance as they make their way through battle-worn Germany where everyone has an agenda of their own. As tempers flare, scars are revealed and Owen slowly picks up the pieces of his life. No one is quite as he remembers, not even himself.
Devastation Road is a novel about the aftermath of war, the plight of refugees, the importance of home, love and belonging, and the significance of memory, without which we...
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