“Before The Last All Clear is a truly remarkable story. A boy separated from his family and everyone he knows, deposited into the homes of those who would mistreat him, sets an inspiring example of strength and bravery. Rather than giving up, letting others drag him into an overwhelming swamp of stagnant depression, this boy stood fast against the demons that would strangle the heart of even most adults.
We here in the US rarely consider the last Great War from the perspective of a child, hiding as the bombs fall throughout the night, which is described perfectly, as though coming straight from a child’s lips, not an adult pretending to think like one. This was refreshingly raw and honest story, where little-recognized battles fought by the children of the war were sometimes every bit as devastating. It’s a story every American should read, so that we can understand how valuable our innocent childhoods of relative safety and security have been, and how lucky we are never to have fought a war on our own soil in recent history. It should be a part of classroom reading. And it should also be presented on film. Thanks fro sharing your childhood with us. It was very touching, especially the final reunion with Mrs. Williams, which brought tears to my eyes.”
Bill Snyder – Maryland, USA
“I too was an evacuee during the war. “Before The Last All Clear” brought back so many memories as I began reading. Please let me know when the sequel is available so that I may purchase a copy”
~ Kenneth J Beech
“I read this entire book in one sitting. I read many, many books and this is definitely one of my favorites. I will definitely read it again. It is a wonderful and powerfuls tory. There is no better way to learn about people than to hear or read their story. Ray was very generous to share this story with the world.”
~ Derek York, Virginia, USA
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked up this book, To my surprise, I was instantly taken back to WWII and found it difficult to put the book down.
I must say, Raymond handled himself much better than I would have, especially with Mrs. Simmons. The book gives you a chance to experience real events during WWII, but also gives you a glimpse into humanity and how each person handles the situation in front of them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and thank you Mr. Evans for putting your memories onto paper so that I could re-live this time with you.”
~ Pamela Kosmowski, Virginia USA
“I read your book in less than two days, a feat I haven’t done in 40 years. Be sure to let us know when your next book is available”
~ Russ Fill
“Ray takes us back to those days and tells us what it was like, the desperations, the fear, the need to make life changing decision on a moment’s notice, even the hunger and the cold. He also shows us himself in those days, a child of amazing strength, separated from his family, moved from one unhappy ‘billet’ to another. In his writing, he has been able to convey the extraordinary hardships he endured but he does not seek our pity.”
~ Felicty Vaughan Swayze