A Grandson, who was adopted into a family with a rich history of military service to the United States of America, reflects on World War II through his grandfather's experiences, and the translation of their services to the privileges and ultimate responsibilities of later generations.
"Tim Drake has taken a critical and often forgotten period of our nation's recent history and brought it to life, while at the same time connected the reader to his family, and conveyed his fervency for instilling the values and commitment of that generation into today's society. America's youth and many older citizens desperately need to read this book to be reminded of what was given and sacrificed by their grandparents and why that is important to them and their actions today."- Tim Foster
In his new book, Solitary Vigilance, Tim Drake, author of Inherited Freedom, brings to life Allen Voigt and his twenty years of military service. This is a must read for anyone passionate about all things World War II, American patriotism and history. A story of individual sacrifice, perseverance and determination are vividly outlined on each and every page. From Berlin in the 1930s to the battle of Iwo Jima during February 1945, Solitary Vigilance is a fast moving story of how one man was asked to play a covert role but decisive part in America's ultimate outcome and success in World War II.
My brain simply could not comprehend what I saw right in front of me. Everything was happening so fast. Ships were bombarded; sailors were being knocked off ship decks and falling into the water. The water offered no relief however, as it caught fire from all of the leaking fuel and oil that gushed from the gaping holes in the anchored ships. I finally managed to get close to the USS Oklahoma, but it had taken on too much water and started to roll on its side. Japanese planes filled the sky. I ran up to a two-ton Army truck that had pulled up next to the docks and found some rifle boxes in the back. I broke one open, grabbed a 1903 Springfield rifle, an ammo box and positioned myself near a large palm tree. I loaded the rifle and scanned the air for any low-flying Japanese planes. I did not have to wait long. A green colored, Japanese Zero fighter plane, flew by so low that I could see the pilot’s face and the brightly colored bandana tied around his head. I squeezed off every round in the rifle, firing in the direction of the pilot’s cockpit. I saw the pilot’s cockpit window splinter and blood splatter fill the canopy as the Japanese pilot’s head slumped forward. His plane suddenly took a hard turn to the right and crashed into the water, barely missing a destroyer anchored nearby. Sailors on the deck of the destroyer raised their arms in celebration and shouted in my direction. I felt no regret for killing the Japanese pilot. This is what I was trained to do.
"Tim Drake's novel is an absolute page-turner! Tim so masterfully weaves a riveting novel into pages of our country's history and the events leading up to and through the Second World War. What's incredible is the skill the author demonstrates as he winds the story-line of the novel through actual events, dates, times, circumstances. You feel like your're right there will Allen Voigt re-living history. This is a must read. Enjoy!"
-Joseph D. Given Jr. "Joe Given" on December 1, 2014
Death is the Final Reckoning
In Tim Drake’s second book, Solitary Vigilance, Allen Voigt was introduced as a covert operative in the United States Army before and during World War II. The year is now 1946. Allen is still in the Army, but has been ordered to hunt down the vicious Nazis who escaped Germany during the fall of Berlin in 1945. Death is the Final Reckoning is a riveting story that ultimately takes Allen deep into South America in the relentless pursuit of his assigned targets.
Another GREAT! Book from Tim Drake. A True Patriot. I have read all of Tim's
books and thoroughly enjoyed each one. I encourage everyone to do the same. His first book, Inherited Freedom, reveals why he writes the way he does. Patriotism at it's best. God Bless Tim Drake and God Bless the USA!
Steven Nelson - Endicott, NY 7/23/18
"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."
John Adams (A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765) Reference: The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams, Thompson,ed. (28)