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The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II Hardcover – July 29, 2010
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"A great story of love, war and sacrifice set in the drama of World War II. A must read for all who revere our warriors and the nation they serve."
-- LtCol Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.). New York Times best-selling author and TV host of War Stories.
"A great book. It lit a lot of lights for me!"
-- S/Sgt Richard "Red" Falvey, RIP. 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."
-- LtCol 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 War and Remembrance."
-- John Austin, host of The Book Club - WTAN 1340 radio, Tampa, Florida.
"Another good movie candidate."
-- Rob Flournoy, Book Reviewer, The Military Writers Society of America
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 time frame 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.
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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.
John P. wanted to learn more about his father and took this opportunity to interview his former friends: the four MOH recipients. He learned so much about him, but there was something missing - a secret,none of them would share. Readers are taken back to the beginning of the war, each survivor adding to the storyline which spans the entire war. John's father, John P Kilroy and John Kilroy - not related - were enemies during training and then later become the best of friends - inseparable! John P was married and John (Jake) had a fiance, their stories are also told while they support the war effort by working in the ship building yards, testing and flying aircraft - later transporting them to the front, and learning about how difficult life is as civilians during the war.
Uncovering the secret, a pact made sixty years earlier, became a quest for the truth. Years pass since their initial introduction in Washington, but he continues to push them - hoping one of them will slip and spill the beans before the former comrades take it to their graves.
The historical facts within seem accurate and offer the reader an up close and personal look at the day-to-day activities of those young men during war. If you don't know much about the great war, "The Last Jump" is a refreshing story about love, sacrifice, dedication and honor - also learning about history at the same time. The ending is not expected and will leave you with mouth agape. Highly recommended! Great job Mr. Nevola!
John Podlaski, author
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