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Darkest Hour
by Tony Schumacher
Order:  USA  Can
William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In this what if? alternate history thriller the Nazis have conquered and now occupy England. It is 1946 and the Third Reich has instituted a reign of terror and John Henry Rossett, a former police sergeant and war hero, is now working for the feared SS.

Assigned to the Office of Jewish Affairs, Rossett must now round up people he has known and herd them onto trains that will take them to an unspeakable fate.

With his wife and son dead, Rossett is little more than a burned out shell and cares little for those around him or what he has been assigned to do. This all changes when the former cop meets Jacob. He find the eight year old in a house he raids and suddenly the child touches a part of the man he thought was dead.

Rossett is determined to save the boy. He and Jacob embark on a struggle to survive and soon they are not only fleeing the Nazis but also the Royalist Resistance and the Communists. It seems everyone is interested in the child and has their own reasons for wanting to capture him.

Highly imaginative and offering a number of surprising twists, this thriller marks the debut of Tony Schumacher. You won't quickly forget the ending of this novel or the man who created it. Schumacher is just getting started!

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