Father Damien directs the affairs of the underground in Italy during the final months of WWII. He completes the allied mission to destroy the supply routes feeding the Bergamo airfields.He is then redirected toward the capture of war criminals and the recovery of the art and artifacts stolen from Italy during the occupation by Germany.
Terry W Drake
Father Damien has proven himself in the leadership role of the underground after the death of Colonel Anton Fahn. The allies call on his organization to destroy the supply routes feeding the heavily fortified German airfields in Bergamo. He organizes his crusaders for an assault in timely action to support Operation Grapeshot with the 92 Infantry Divisions assault on Genoa and Milan. The 92nd infantry is referred to as "The buffalo soldiers" division and they have two Medal of Honor receipiants in action in Italy during the war.
Father Damien redirects his attention to the recovery of stolen art and artifacts plundered by the German occupation forces. He further finds contempt with the vatican's involvement in relocating Nazi war refugees and war criminals to foreign countries through Bishop Hudals rat lines. The Bishop utilizes his influence in Italy to provide Red Cross Passports to war criminals relocatting to Argentina. The priest is outraged by his findings and resigns from the church to make restitution his life work and ambition.
Restitution by author Terry W. Drake is the second book in a series which follows after “Sanctuary.” It continues the life of Father Damien in Bergamo, Italy toward the end of World War II. He inherits the responsibilities of the underground leadership through the death of his best friend Mathew Gillespie. He attempts to reconcile his faith with the obligations of war in his struggle to protect his community. Members of his alliance are called on to destroy the supply headquarters at the Bergamo airfields controlled by the German army.
In this continuing saga, Col. Hathaway accepts the death of Col. Fahn as a casualty of war and instructs his Sergeant Hodge to retrieve Maj. Friedel from Clusone. Sergeant Hodge organizes his squad to capture Major Friedel but first releases a German Sergeant Fritzmeyer and his Corporal Rothgeb that he had befriended in action outside of Bergamo. The circumstances behind their friendship and their continued association mark the beginning of a quest for restitution. Maj. Friedel escapes his captors and evades their pursuit across Italy into Switzerland. He is the German Officer who is also wanted for war crimes and is also being pursued by the allied forces. The German force he commanded under Col.Anton Fahn had secretly hid artifacts and wealth plundered from the communities that they raided. The search for this wealth is complicated by the death of Col. Fahn and his subordinates who hid the treasure. The Americans want Maj. Friedel for his participation in war crimes while others seek the recovery of stolen works of art that Maj. Friedel has concealed. The discovery of this treasure marks the background for this story as good pursues evil for restitution.
A compelling novel set before the final days of World War II which tackles crimes and atrocities committed by German military officers and the pursuit of looted treasures in an Italian community, Restitution is one scintillating read everyone, particularly fans of classic war stories is sure to enjoy.
Revenge as well as the pursuit of evil is clearly being portrayed in this one action-packed storyline, it promises to bring more excitement to readers as the protagonists continue their quest to recover stolen art. Pure entertainment from beginning to end, Restitution will keep readers at the edge of their seats while they beg for more as the third offering in this series is sure to be another blockbuster hit.