by Daniel Hyland

FROM THE SHADOWS BETWEEN colossal trees the dawn mist drifted across the trail. A girl was running hard, a basket of washed laundry on her head, hands struggling to keep it there. She'd have to ditch the basket if she was serious about putting distance between her and her pursuers, but she pictured her mother, hands on hips, enquiring after the whereabouts of what was almost their entire wardrobe.
Breathless, she looked behind. She could see nothing and now the path, too, faded beneath the mist. She ran on, instinctively picking out the way ahead.
A male voice barked somewhere behind her and seconds later, three short bursts of automatic rifle fire thudded in quick succession. The soldiers must have seen or heard her and followed her back into the forest.

'Daniel Hyland's action-packed novel, full of drama, horror and politics, has the ring of truth. While a fictional account that inevitably compresses events, the story is based on research and the author's experiences of El Salvador. Place names, farming practices, flora and fauna are authentic and conjure up vividly the sights, sounds and smells of countryside and campesino life, while details of weapons, ambushes, raids and living in FMLN camps could only have been drawn from in-depth interviews and other research. The novel also communicates well the range of motives of Salvadoreans on both sides of the civil war: the rich elite, interested in preserving the status quo; the corrupt military and politicians craving power and money; a complacent middle class turning a blind eye to atrocities, and the poor forced into a desperate choice - be a victim of the indiscriminate, vicious repression or join the armed struggle.' Maureen Russell,

Jasmine Gavidia witnesses an El Salvador army killing. People around her want her dead. She has to sort friend from foe. This is a story of a fourteen year old girl growing up fast after the massacre at El Zacate, (El Mozote) and finding a new life. A fast paced adventure, with explosive action, and refreshing honesty.

ISBN. 978-1-85425-107-7

Paperback Approx. 420 pages

Published February 2014