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The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II [Kindle Edition]

John E. Nevola
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Book Description

The Last Jump is a story of discovery as a modern day journalist explores the military experience of his father in World War II. Aware of the existence of a long lost family secret, our protagonist enlists the aid of four aging World War II veterans who knew his father. When he finds out they know about the secret and have sworn an oath never to reveal it, he begins the difficult task of carefully cajoling the information from men he considers to be true heroes. His odyssey takes him back in time to a country vexed with racial and gender issues but united as never before or since.

After the last veteran passes away, his hopes are dashed but one reaches from beyond the grave to identify the only other living person who who knows the secret and he races against death to reach her. A shocking conclusion awaits him, if only he can get there in time!

This book resonates with veterans of all wars and their sons and daughters. Active military and patriotic supporters of our Armed Forces also love this book, especially fans of Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan.

A historical fiction book requires significant research to understand the personalities of the famous participants and the location of various units and the timeframe in which the action is taking place. The challenge is to seamlessly place the fictional characters in historically accurate situations and venues to tell the story. As such, it took 4 years to write this book and a year to edit it.

As part of the research, we met and talked to numerous World War II veterans. They are almost universally humble, modest and appreciative of the gratitude so generously expressed by many, in both America and Europe, so late in their lives. So, come and join the adventure as we take a trip through a time in this country when everyone pulled together to achieve the improbable victory against the forces of evil. Learn what it was like to live in and fight for America in the dark days of World War II and enjoy a rousing war story and an elusive mystery. We have much to learn from that generation. The Last Jump teaches us some of it. And keeping their memory alive is something they earned.

Some proceeds from the sales of The Last Jump are donated to assist families of the fallen.


Editorial Reviews

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"A great book. It lit a lot of lights for me!"

-- S/Sgt Richard "Red" Falvey, WWII veteran of Normandy, Holland and the Battle of the Bulge. 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

"An amazing job and a tremendous effort by a talented writer."

-- Lt. Col. James "Maggie" Megellas, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Most decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne Division, Author of All The Way To Berlin.

"This is a really, really good book...it reminded me of Herman Wouk's second book, War and Remembrance."

--John Austin, host of "The Book Club" - WTAN 1340 Radio, Tampa.

"...the first romantic military history...ever written that should have "all women should read" stamped on the cover. Men too. A good movie candidate."

-- Rob Flournoy, Book Reviewer, The Military Writer's Society of America

"Secrets remain secrets for a reason. The Last Jump, focusing on gender and racial issues throughout the War, is a riveting and touching novel about the greatest generation."

-- Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI )

From the Author

A historical fiction book requires significant research to understand the personalities of the famous participants and the location of various units and the timeframe in which the action is taking place.  The challenge is to seamlessly place the fictional characters in historically accurate situations and venues to tell the story.  As such, it took 4 years to write this book and a year to edit it.
 
As part of the research, I've met and talked to numerous World War II veterans.  They are almost universally humble, modest and appreciative of the gratitude so generously expressed by many, in both America and Europe, so late in their lives.  My own life has been enriched and blessed by meeting these men and women.  They touched me in so many ways and I was proud and honored to capture and include some of their recollections and memories into the fabric and backdrop of The Last Jump. 
 
This book resonates with veterans of all wars and their sons and daughters.  Active military and patriotic supporters of our Armed Forces also love this book, especially fans of Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan.
 
So, come and join the adventure as we take a trip through a time in this country when everyone pulled together to achieve the improbable victory against the forces of evil.  Learn what it was like to live in and fight for America in the dark days of World War II and enjoy a rousing war story and an elusive mystery.  We have much to learn from that generation.  The Last Jump teaches us some of it.  And keeping their memory alive is something they earned.

Some proceeds from the sales of The Last Jump are donated to assist children of the fallen through the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1081 KB
  • Print Length: 531 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1432755617
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.; 3 edition (July 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XNTARK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping WWII Novel July 11, 2011
Format:Paperback
The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II is the story of middle-aged journalist, J. P. Kilroy, who is invited in 1997 to go to a ceremony at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor for his dead father. When his mother was dying, she had told him he needed to find his father who had left years ago but J. P. never had. He felt his father could not get over J. P.'s going to Canada to avoid Vietnam War. While at the ceremony J. P. meets a number of his father's old war buddies and wanting to know more about his father he goes out to dinner with them. As he is a journalist, he tapes the conversation and when he uses the rest room the men acknowledge they are keeping a secret from him. This piques his interest but also some of the things they had said about his father intrigued him so he is determined to figure it out what the men are keeping from him.

The book then follows J. P. as he has conversations with his father's old buddies and the story flashes back so we get to know J. P.'s father and his best friend, both with the last name of Kilroy. You see how Jake and Johnny meet, become friends and go through their training and then on to Europe as paratroopers. They were excellent soldiers and found themselves behind enemy lines. Nevola gives you historical and military information about the battles they are involved in and you get a real feel for the horror of the war. You are on Omaha Beach with them as the bullets buzz by.

In addition to seeing the front lines, both of the men have girls back in the states so you get to see what it was like in America during the war. There is a glimpse of the women who were working in the shipyards, and those who were WACS and flying airplanes to transporting goods but not allowed in combat situations.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thousand Stories All In One September 1, 2010
Format:Paperback
While The Last Jump is the fictional account of several key players' participation in the events of World War Two, it contains an encyclopedia of period minutiae, and memories that define those years culturally, and historically. Encapsulated within 525 pages of educational reading, told with the help of a darn good yarn, a reader can learn as much about United States history from 1940 thru 1945 here as in anything that has ever been written. Detailed history in a love story that is representative of a million like it, going on at the same time, in every branch of the service, the reader gets a beautiful look at how it was to be an American at war during that time.

There is nothing dry here; anything but. This might be the first romantic military history book ever written that should have "all women should read" stamped on the cover. Men too, of course, by all means. This reviewer, a history buff, learned plenty. Another good movie candidate.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb novel of World War Two January 10, 2012
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There are lots of novels of World War Two, but not many as good as this one. This novel truly gives a flavor for what it was like to be an American soldier during that conflict. It also has numerous sub-plots, all nicely woven together, about civilian workers, mainly women, who during that war, for the first time, were recruited to be pilots, shipyard workers, and factory workers. The attitudes and motivations of the people of America during this time is the real theme of this novel.

This novel's strongest suit is its readability. This one captured my interest right away and held it to the end. Primarily this story revolves around two soldiers who are buddies in the Airborne, with flashbacks involving the son of one of the soldiers seeking to find out more about his father's service in the War. The prose in this novel is far above average, and this novel accomplishes the not-inconsiderable task of acquainting the reader with many historical aspects of the War through the actions and experiences of fictional characters rather than narration. This novel is unabashedly in opposition to historical revisionism, and through its characters reflects the moral certainty that was characteristic of most Americans at that time. During the War and for a long time thereafter, very few Americans doubted the justness of America's cause in the War, or the fundamental difference between America and the Western Allies, on the one hand, and the Axis Powers on the other. And it does so with very little by way of preaching or politicization. Americans of that time simply believed America's cause and conduct of the War were just.

While this novel has a point to make, and makes it well, its strong suit is that it is one entertaining novel. Highly recommended.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre War Novel June 17, 2011
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"The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II," by John E. Nevola is barely readable. I am amazed that this long and often boring story receives such universal accolades from reviewers. I disagree with the substance of most of the laudatory reviews.

The love stories are junior high school and high school stuff, filled with juvenile blood pacts and silly loyalties to each others "secrets. " Much of the dialogue is immature and inane. The dialogue is painful to read causing this reader to constantly wince.

However, many of the actual military combat scenes are well-written and enjoyable, but hardly the stuff of better-written "page-turners" penned by more competent authors. The North African, Sicily, Rome and Battle of the Bulge episodes were interesting. D-Day was so-so, and extraordinarily confusing. These actual battle and combat scenes are the only part of the book worth reading, however. A few maps here and there would have added a great deal to the substance of the stories.

I wonder if anyone ever has fact-checked any of the author's assertions and claims about the leadership and actual statistics about the war? There's a lot of opinion and chest-thumping going on here, to say nothing of the sheer over-abundant plaudits for paratroopers at the grave expense of almost all other U.S. military units. Why all this adolescent competition and defensiveness?

My personal complaint is that for the life of me, I could not keep separate or differentiate between the confusing two main characters -- who share a common name. About ¾ of the way through the book, I just gave up trying to keep in mind which Kilroy was which. It is this name identity phenomenon, of course, on which the mystery part of the story depends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!
Absolutely a great read! A real page turner that will keep you up trying to finish it. Great job John!!!
Published 10 days ago by Orville
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts mixed with fiction= faction.
As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and a student of the history of the Airborne in WWII, I must say the author knows some history too. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ghostflite
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story and strong characters developed in an insightful manner--strong historical backgound of WW2 campaigns in Italy.
Published 26 days ago by NICHOLAS R VERTUCCI
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with a historical fiction style
Great read with a historical fiction style. Uses actual places and battles along with a fictional storyline that keeps you tied in with various story lines.
Published 1 month ago by J. E. Harper Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars It is sad to read how politicized the Medal has become even ...
One of the most interesting WWII sagas that I have read. It is sad to read how politicized the Medal has become even in a novel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Inmon
4.0 out of 5 stars ... but once I got them remembered the book was amazing. The stories...
Took a while to keep some of the main characters straight especially the Kilroy boys but once I got them remembered the book was amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Batson
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what an awesome book
At first the book drove me nuts, and I really disliked JP, but in time came to like him, it is a well written book and I enjoyed the battle narrations
Published 1 month ago by John Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars just awesome
It just touches all the right bases. Not completely sure of the accounts but still can not imagine what these men went through for us.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Direnzi
4.0 out of 5 stars I was confused when I started the novel, because ...
I was confused when I started the novel, because it intersects the lives of several people in both the present and the past. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erik_White
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John E. Nevola makes his literary debut with The Last Jump, a historical novel based on United States Army airborne operations in Europe during World War II. The study of this conflict has been the author's lifelong passion and he weaves a compelling tale of courage and sacrifice set in a historically accurate backdrop in an extraordinary time in American history.

He is a United States Army veteran and a member of the Military Writers Society of America. Born in New York City, he is a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and the College of Aeronautics. Nevola resides in Mount Olive, New Jersey with his wife Josephine. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Some proceeds from The Last Jump are donated to assist families of the fallen.




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