The Long Escape Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00772VHHE
- Publisher : Create Space (January 17, 2012)
- Publication date : January 17, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 754 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 327 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,799 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Jeff's vivid recollection of so many details of life in the Navy brought back a lot that I had forgotten; it was as if he kept a log! But Jeff did much more than merely escape into the Navy - most anybody can sign the papers and do that. Once there he listened when good advice came his way, worked hard starting at the bottom and made decisions that opened options for him. At that age we all wanted instant gratification; but Jeff kept his eyes on the future and made a very good future for himself and, when he could, others in his family too.
The book moves quickly, is genuine in its details, gritty when it needs to be and tender when it should be.
Jeff's story of his Navy life was so parallel but two years earlier than mine. Two trips to the same places, many experiences and leaving the service a man. I am retired now living in New Mexico and volunteering at our VA Hospital. In a small way paying back for my time in the Navy and for all of the medical I get from the VA.
Thanks Jeff for the memories of the Navy.
Top reviews from other countries
The book details his early life, and troubles with his father who was a bully of a man. Jeff overcame poor odds and enlisted in the US Navy. By sheer hard work and dedication he built a career in the navy rising through the ranks. He started in one of the hardest jobs in the Navy, but his hard work paid off and he became an expert in his field.
Despite working so hard, he still found time to enjoy himself, as well as still providing for his mother and his numerous siblings.
He sounds to have been a fabulous man, who has made his life so worthwhile.
I take my hat off to him.
The book will make you think. Well done Mr Noonan for all you achieved.
A rags to riches story relating to the life story of a boy who sees his father change from a good parent into a drunken bully and the effect it has on him and his family. He is the only one of his siblings to know what their father was like before he changed. On his mother's advice to escape as he grows up he finds himself in the position of role model for his siblings in their attepts to break free. When he leaves the family he remains a supportive son to his mother and a good brother to his siblings compensating in some way for the ways of the father.
Well worth a read. You will not want to put it down once you start reading.
The love of family is a power for good in the midst of the evils of a raging drunk.