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THE PARACHUTIST'S DAUGHTER [Kindle Edition]

CSP McNulty
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description


"A fast-paced and deeply enjoyable debut novel..."  KIRKUS REVIEWS

Gabriella, a striking, thirty year old Austrian Holocaust survivor is the driving force behind a secret Jewish organization (Nokmim) that hunts down Nazi criminals for the singular purpose of retribution. But her group, and much of the purpose of her life, is dying out. Flush with the success of capturing Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, Gabriella's compatriots are turning away from the unsavory, back alley justice that is her specialty. Resistant to the changing tides, Gabriella heads to Central America on what could be her final assignment; tracking down Friedrich Guderian, an SS Major renowned for brutality in Chelmno and Treblinka concentration camps. Her search leads her to the Central Highlands of Nicaragua, where she crosses paths with Christian Logansfriar, a German missionary. Gabriella is forced to take up residence in a remote village while she tries to determine if Christian, a seemingly good and devout Catholic priest, is in fact the Nazi butcher, Friedrich Guderian.

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"A fast-paced and deeply enjoyable debut novel..." KIRKUS REVIEWS


"CSP McNulty has written a story that is at once beautiful and harrowing...A deeply poignant and riveting read." IndieReader (FIVE STARS)


2012 IndieReader Discovery Award Finalist

"The Parachutist's Daughter is Angelina Jolie meets Inglourious Basterds: a sexy thriller, superbly written, filled with divine and profane vengeance." Susan Isaacs, Angry Coversations With God

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  • File Size: 343 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LPV7WY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review August 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Gabriella is a skilled member of Nokmim, a secret Israeli organization tasked with hunting down and exterminating Nazi war criminals. During a trip to Nicaragua to hunt down war criminal, Friedrich Guderian, Gabriella discovers Father Christian, a missionary priest. Her experiences working with him in the poverty stricken, third world village unleash memories, emotions and conflict that Gabriella thought she had discarded long ago.

CSP McNulty has written a story that is at once beautiful and harrowing; a story that is controversial and both thought provoking and emotionally stirring. McNulty's protagonist is a complex character, filled with paradoxes both physically and psychologically as she battles her demons by becoming so deeply involved in her work and such a believer in her cause, that she almost becomes the sort of beast she is exterminating: "Something simply took over when she had these men in her grasp, something unholy."

The Parachutist's Daughter weaves together fact and fiction, bringing a sense of history to life through Gabriella's story. McNulty skillfully paints the different geographical backdrops for each chapter with telling details: "The ubiquitous sounds of babies crying and dogs barking seemed to be the native music of the place." Ironically, the different locations, even in different times reveal underlying similarities of potential threat of war, poverty and hardships.

The author's descriptive strengths are powerful, for example in the following scene, when Gabriella is in the prison camp with her mother:

"Gabby," her mother rasped in the darkness. "Gabby" Gabriella shifted on to her side to face her. "I'm here, mama," she whispered.

"I'm going to see your father. Will you be alright?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking September 4, 2012
By Cycist
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I enjoy WWII fiction and was very pleasantly surprised with this little gem. I thought the descriptions given in the book were both accurate and moving, from the concentration camps to the german officers views. Thoughtful with a satisfying ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing and inspiring August 30, 2013
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This book was incredible. It showed you the pain that so many people had gone through an inspired you to stay strong with the situations you face. It was one of the best books I have ever read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kattywatty August 26, 2012
By katty
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Beginning was great...oops what happened. She meets a Priest and they each tell their story about the war. She a Jewish prisioner, he a German officer turned Priest. They meet in South America. He talks her out of her vendetta against Nazi war criminals. Religion religion religion. Boring. Waste of a buck!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAGE TURNER! January 27, 2014
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I absolutely loved this book. It constantly kept me guessing, and I appreciate the historical accuracy. Purchased this book on a whim and was very satisfied...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Thought this would be better December 29, 2013
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This was a struggle for a holocaust survivor. I think I would have liked to read some more revenge killings before she went on to meet the priest and come to terms with herself and move on. The book started out good, then sort of became a moral lesson rather than a Jewish girl getting some more well deserved revenge. It did keep me reading to the end and at .99 it wasn't a total loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parachutist Daughter September 30, 2013
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This is a most unusual book. It will be liked by readers who enjoy paradoxes. It will be liked by readers who need to be reminded of the horrors of the concentration camps. It also is a story about some good Germans during that time if there were any. I would hope there were some. There are many books like this in the current fiction. It seems to be a way of the Germans of managing their collective guilt feelings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read - Suspense May 25, 2013
By Bob
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this novel was a well written book. It keeps you in suspense until the end. It was hard to put down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend and surprisingly I convinced the stranger next to me...
Well Done! I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book for my recent vacation to Panama but I was unable to put this book down. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Avid Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
i thought I dragged on and on so I stopped reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Jane Brocius
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A pretty darn good read
Published 1 month ago by Jack Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo"
If you liked Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" you will like Gabriella, the main character in this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katerina
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read, well worth the time
I enjoyed this quick read. Great writing and a highly thought provoking story. I await his next book with great anticipation.
Published 2 months ago by Betty Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful read
The Parachutist's Daughter is a tightly written novel set in the years following WWII. The book tackles issues of what fairness and justice for criminals of the Nazi regime but in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fritz T
4.0 out of 5 stars A well told novel that will at times test your nerve to continue...
Who is Gabrilla and what horror drives her on her bloody mission. Her travels following WWII bring her to a remote village in South America where she faces death and has her faith... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom O
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Real page turner---like a movie in book form. A larger historical narrative finds its home in Gabriella and personalizes what to us would have been abstract history. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geoffrey D Noble
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This novel has the usual twists and turns . 3/4 of the way through it I thought I wonder what will happen in the end and then it finished to soon . Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Ahrens
3.0 out of 5 stars OK rather than great
Looked very promising at the start, but seemed to become somewhat contrived and unconvincing in characters and story line. Read more
Published 7 months ago by richard frost
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More About the Author

CSP McNulty was born in Greensboro, NC, but spent his teen years in San Marino, CA. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he wrote an honors thesis on the fascist movement in the United States during the Great Depression. Currently, he is a real estate professional specializing in corporate transactions. He lives in Southern California with his wife, son and identical triplet daughters.

The Parachutist's Daughter is his first novel.

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