Book Review on Sanctuary

The Second World War was a time of turmoil. It was a time where the weak were oppressed by evil men who sought power above all else. And yet it was also a time of heroism, a time where men and women put aside differences of religion, race or creed and achieved acts of heroism and mercy. These heroes are a gleaming light in the maelstrom of war and symbolized that man is inherently good.

In Sanctuary the author Terry W. Drake captures this heroism. The story follows the efforts of Father John Damien. A British Catholic priest who is put in a truly impossible situation. He was sent by the Vatican to Italy as a Foreign exchange to be the pastor of Santa Maria Maggiorie Basilica in Bergamo Italy prior to the breakout of World War II. When Italy surrendered to the Allies Father Damien witnessed the retaliation of the German Army against the citizens of Italy for their betrayal. As the chaos ensues, Damien takes in a handful of citizens fleeing the German Army’s vengeance. What comes next is a life and death struggle that challenges his faith and courage.

Sanctuary is a truly inspiring read that shows the innate goodness in humanity, the book is masterfully written and is a wonderful portrayal of a man who will risk all for those under his care. Sanctuary is undoubtedly a must read.

Book Review The History of the Drake Family and the Times They Lived

Thank you so much for putting all the Drake family history together that was a huge undertaking and I am still absorbing all the information. I especially liked the way you added historical events so that all the family members could be put into historical context.

Best wishes and again, many thanks for all your hard work,
Cousin Barb Matson

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March 29, 2017 5:31 PMYou

Good evening. I have received your book in excellent condition! Thank you so much. I am overwhelmed with the amount of information it contains. I was pleasantly surprised to find how many generations of the Drake family were represented and the amazing history which accompanied them. Being a novice at this depth of genealogy, I am sure my reading of these facts will to evolve into a clearer understanding of how these families are now part of mine.

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we [We] said, now I lay me down to sleep
God bless my Mommy and Daddy too![,] instead of exclamation

5.0 out of 5 stars The Historyof the Drake Family and the Times They Lived
By Judy Wise on August 19, 2013
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

I was pleased with the information I was able to get regarding my family history. It will help me greatly in completing my family genealogy. I was empressed with the author's detailed writing techniques and the way he presented the complete history of the Drake Family. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to complete their history of the Drake family since it gives great details all the way back to Charlamagne and you can even go back further to Adam. Thanks for your help!

4.0 out of 5 starsGood coverage of Drake ancestors
By Dana C. Drake on April 25, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

This is a good and concise coverage of the Drake family, and yes, it does cover the descendants of Sir Francis Drake.

5.0 out of 5 starsDrake Genealogy at its best
By Terry W, Drake on June 19, 2015
Format: Paperback

Thank you so much for putting all the Drake family history together -- that was a huge undertaking and I am still absorbing all the information. I especially liked the way you added historical events so that all the family members could be put into historical context. Best wishes and again, many thanks for all your hard work, Cousin Barb Matson

by Terry W. Drake
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5.0 out of 5 starsSanctuary
By Jen H. on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

A good, quick read, providing a look into World War II through the eyes of the villagers. I'm looking forward to the author's next book!

4.0 out of 5 starssince it's not my favourite historical era
By Jolanta Daab on July 11, 2014
Format: Paperback

'Sanctuary' by Terry W. Drake is a gripping novel, from the beginning full of action. I haven't read many stories set in World War II , since it's not my favourite historical era, but I found this book very interesting and I kept turning the pages to find out more. Father Damien was very likeable character and I'm very interested to see what will happen to him in the next instalment.

5.0 out of 5 starsI want more from this Author
By Flame on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put this book down. Author, Terry Drake has another book through xlibris that I ordered and waiting for it anxiously. Keep them coming!

First Impressions
by Terry W. Drake
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5.0 out of 5 starsThe House on Maple Street
By Terry W, Drakeon July 4, 2015

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
The House on Maple Street: Ahhh . . . Would've loved it if my childhood friend Charles and I could have experienced that . .
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton

Eh . . . First impressions are important no doubt, and the devious among us know that as well and work on modeling that first impression to gain favor. Still, I agree that first impressions are definitely important.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull

You had me looking back at all the first impressions that turned sour for me as I read this. It seemed like my entire life, although there were times when first impressions went very well, I often had to spend considerable time proving that I was who I was, because others' impressions of me were not good.

While there are scads of books that tell us how to behave when we first meet someone, you would be surprised how many underestimated the ability of a man wearing a hand splint on his right hand--damaged goods.