The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II

The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II

John E. Nevola / Jun 05, 2020
The Last Jump A Novel of World War II J P Kilroy a middle aged divorced journalist regrets ignoring his mother s only deathbed request Even her last letter which exposed the existence of a dark family secret could not motivate him to
  • Title: The Last Jump: A Novel of World War II
  • Author: John E. Nevola
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  • J.P Kilroy, a middle aged divorced journalist, regrets ignoring his mother s only deathbed request Even her last letter, which exposed the existence of a dark family secret, could not motivate him to reconcile with the father who abandoned them thirty years ago When he receives an invitation from the White House to attend a long overdue Medal of Honor awards ceremony, hJ.P Kilroy, a middle aged divorced journalist, regrets ignoring his mother s only deathbed request Even her last letter, which exposed the existence of a dark family secret, could not motivate him to reconcile with the father who abandoned them thirty years ago When he receives an invitation from the White House to attend a long overdue Medal of Honor awards ceremony, he also discovers his estranged father, an honoree, had recently passed away.Was the secret now lost forever The only fragile links remaining to the past are four aging veterans who served with his father His only hope of unraveling the mystery rests with the free spirited Sky Johnson, a rough and tumble paratrooper, Frank West, the studious company commander, Harley Tidrick, Omaha Beach veteran and cousin of his father s best wartime friend and Lincoln Abraham, the only living black honoree at the African American Medal of Honor ceremony.Kilroy reaches out to them in an effort to uncover the truth but soon discovers the four men not only know the secret, they all took a solemn oath never to reveal it Undaunted, and with the aid of Cynthia Powers, an alluring Army press liaison, he accepts the challenge to engage the veterans and cajole them into revealing the truth by any means necessary Their conversations become a verbal odyssey and flashback to the racially charged attitudes in America during the War Kilroy learns about the altruism and contributions of Americans on the Homefront, the plight of women volunteer pilots and factory workers and the extraordinary dedication and self sacrifice of the average citizen He is taken back in time to a country in grave danger but a country as united as never before or since But the old warriors stubbornly resist.One by one the aging men begin to pass on As the last one dies, Kilroy s hopes are dashed But one reaches from beyond the grave to identify the only other living person who has the answer and Kilroy races death to reach her His ardent wish is that the revelation will finally relieve his guilt and assuage the soul of his beloved mother.Redemption is possible if only he can get there in time
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        John E Nevola is the author of the top ten customer rated and award winning historical novel, The Last Jump A Novel of World War II The study of this conflict has been the author s lifelong passion and he weaves a compelling tale of honor, courage and sacrifice set in a historically accurate backdrop in an extraordinary time in American history He is a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the Military Writer s Society of America Nevola was born in New York City and is a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and the College of Aeronautics He resides in Mt Arlington, New Jersey with Josephine, his wife of 50 years They have four children and seven grandchildren.Book profits are donated to assist children of the fallen through the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.

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    1. 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 about his [...]


    2. Will you join up I m doing something a little different this time Let s talk about everything that is good before looking at the other side.For the historians in us, this is an excellent read If you know nothing of WWII in Europe, Mr Nevola is going to take the reader on a great tour from North Africa to to Berchtesgarden and home He does an excellent job in detailing the fear and terror the parachutist faced as they were dropped behind enemy lines and struggled to perform their mission orders e [...]


    3. The Last Jump is a fitting tribute to the Greatest Generation It begins in modern day when the government makes a decision to seek out and honor African American soldiers from World War II that deserved, but were overlooked for the highest military award The Medal of Honor for heroic actions during that war John P Kilroy, a white journalist, was also invited to Washington, accepting the MOH posthumously for the actions of his father in the same battle However, it was in a separate ceremony witho [...]


    4. I never thought I d agree with Ollie North about ANYTHING, but we both love and endorse this book The novel opens with a reporter trying to find out about his father s past, particularly his actions during WWII As the reader is carried from present day to the 1940s, from WWII in Europethe home front to modern day Washington, much is to be learned.I wasn t nearly as excited about his father s secret as I was absorbed in the historical facts the author presented This book holds so much information [...]


    5. I read this book on my Kindle, inspite of the fact that this website says it is not available through Kindle It was, in fact, a free edition through the Prime account I was interested in this book primarily because my father in law was a paratrooper at the tail end of WWII Although he never jumped into battle, he trained alot of men who did It was an excellent read, probably so for the history buffs than me It did give me a personal insight of the horrors of WWII, that the veterans rarely discus [...]



    6. After a shaky start I really enjoyed this book Nevola does a great job of humanizing his characters, describing wartime life in America and for soldiers serving in Europe, and bringing some of the emotions of combat to life The relationships between the characters are simple but very vibrant.Nevola uses a lot of military terminology without explanation for the people most likely to read The Last Jump this won t be a problem but if you haven t read much military literature or served then you migh [...]


    7. At the center of John E Nevola s novel The Last Jump is a son s quest to understand the war that so affected his estranged father But while the son s search is important to moving the story forward, it is a relatively small portion of this expansive homage to the Greatest Generation the men and women who served their country in WWII either in combat or on the home front in an era when patriotism meant far than slapping a yellow ribbon magnet on the side of your car.At the heart of the novel are [...]


    8. I haven t read too much WWII fiction, but I gotta admit, this was great The essence of the story is about two men, Jake and Johnny, who start out as bitter enemies only to end up closer than most real brothers along the way The story unfolds as the now grown son of Johnny, acting on his mother s dying wish, begins looking into his father s past for an old family secret Throughout the story real life figures such as James Gavin and Dwight Eisenhower make effective appearances that fit in well wit [...]


    9. As I was reading this book, I found myself skimming over portions that were muddled in which regiment, battalion, company, etc was doing whatever, wherever I suppose the author felt that was necessary for historical accuracy for WWII buffs That and one, yes only one, usage of the wrong word, are all I can mention in a negative vein of this remarkable debut novel.Others have written long synopses of the storyline so I will not compete with their summaries I would rather focus on the brilliance of [...]


    10. The Last Jump, although a very plausible fiction tale, is laden with wonderfully crafted WW2 highlights This book did an excellent job of paying homage to the men and women of the WW2 era, those both abroad and on the home front The essence of the story is about two men, Jake and Johnny, who start out as bitter enemies only to end up closer than most real brothers along the way The story unfolds as the now grown son of Johnny, acting on his mother s dying wish, begins looking into his father s p [...]


    11. Not a bad read, especially for free The author took an story about friends war buddies and a pact they made with some interesting twists and intertwined it with a TON of detail about 82nd Airborne paratroopers in Europe in WW II Chapters popped back and forth from action in the 1940s, stateside and Europe, to the protagonist s life in the 1990s 2000s Depending on your love for military history, you might enjoy it a lot or feel that the research seemed to be slathered on a bit thick from time to [...]


    12. This novel is EXTREMELY long and for me to say that, it really must be I think the author was trying to please everyone, which doesn t work He would go into very descriptive detail about military equipment and machinery, but he also had whole sections that were like a romance novel than a war story It also has horrible language so I don t recommend it even if you are in the mood for an epic novel For all these reasons I had to move on to other reads, but I don t know if I am done with it for go [...]


    13. It took me well over 100 pages to actually get into this book and I did find myself skimming over some of the factual details when it came to battalions, CO s, and squadrons Honestly, I couldn t keep them all straight There were parts of the story that I couldn t put down and others I couldn t wait to get over with This book does make you think about the WWII generation and how courageous and dedicated Americans were I would recommend this book but it definitely could ve been shortened.


    14. I would love to give this 5 stars, but I m reviewing a book, not the subject matter I m a stickler for order, and this book jumps around a lot It also got a bit long winded towards the end.


    15. A World War II story This story was great but I felt it had too much military stuff that made it at times hard to get through.




    16. Heartfelt personal war drama.Excellent Totally absorbing from beginning to end Kind of story and writing that tugs at your heart and makes you really think Thanks for penning this story and many, many thanks to the men and women of the greatest generation


    17. Every American Should Read This Novel at Least Once The Last Jump A Novel of World War Two By John E Nevola In this fictional account of World War II, John E Nevola manages to successfully combine the politics and economics of the time, the shifting roles in society, the sacrifices and hardships that were faced by both Soldiers and civilians and the frailty of life and love during this period of history The novel begins when modern day journalist J.P Kilroy is summoned to the White House to stan [...]


    18. This is a tale of duty and an appreciation of the dedication, sacrifice and service of the front line wartime soldier From a very American point of view.It has flaws In some places far too many details are presented which causes an annoying unevenness For example In Chap 37 JP takes Frank to lunch and we get reams of pace slowing comment what they each decide to eat the wine decision and selection how Frank folds and places his wind breaker and cap the long winded comparison of the Vietnam confl [...]


    19. This book turned out to be better than I was expecting it to be The main story is a mystery about the principal character that I was not able to guess in advance, and which leans on the honor, principals, and s of the WWII era and its greatest generation At the same time, the book provided some historical information on the paratroopers of WWII, which was interesting in and of itself, along with a little bit of history of U.S Army Rangers who were not paratroopers The battle campaigns of the D D [...]


    20. This is a great Novel about a country that came together to win a war Everyone did there part It was a wonderfl tribute to all those that sacrificed for the cause It is about a middle age man John P Kilroy who is a journalist who has been asked to come collect his fathers Medal of Honor along with severl African Americans who were denied it long ago When his mother died she told him to seek out his father because he had a secret John has to rely on his father friends who are also receiving award [...]


    21. The Last Jump is a fascinating novel of World War II built upon the actions of three young paratroopers The story begins with a presentation of the Congressional Medal of Honor.The author builds suspense by flashing back and forth from 1996 to World War II as he tells the story of the jumps made by the three men and the need of the son of one of the three to find the true story of his father s service record.The book is well written, the action accounts are gripping, and all in all good read I t [...]


    22. I got this book free one day on and decided it was time to read it The premise of the story is about two paratroopers in World War II who become friends and a secret they held to their grave The son of one is contacted to be a part of a medal ceremony for a black soldier who knew his father and he ultimately uncovers the secret I enjoyed this for the War flashbacks however at the beginning, you feel this will be about the black soldier, but actually he plays a very minor part in the whole story [...]


    23. What a great storyThis book mixes just enough fiction with the non fiction to make it a story you don t want to end You can lose yourself in the struggles triumphs of these characters I wish people were still made this way I m so glad I gave this book a chance, it s not something I would usually read, but now I m sad it ended Thank you John E Nevola for opening my eyes my heart and showing me what our veterans went through and confine to go through to keep America free.


    24. Great book I loved the insight into the first paratroopers I had known about their experiences primarily on D Day, but hadn t given much thought into the establishment of the division It was a bit hard to get into because it kept bouncing around to introduce all the characters, but once I was in, I couldn t put it down SPOILER I will say that it was a good plot line, but I felt the twist was rather obvious and it was stretched well beyond when most people should get it I felt the son s character [...]


    25. This book was very engaging and easy to read As one who has an interest in WWII, with my dad and uncle fighting in the war, the title of the book grabbed my attention The flashback technique was an excellent way to tell the story I won t tell you the ending, but it was surprising to me although not as surprising as Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino If you have read any of Jeff Shaara s historical fiction novels, then you will be right at home with this book An excellent read.


    26. I started off liking this book, as I like to read novels that take place during the first half of the 20th century However, I found the book tedious in the long run The book portrays Americans as those who could do no wrong, clearly an unrealistic portrayal of the American soldier during World War II The final plot was a little far fetched too, I thought In summary, reading this novel was like reading a John Wayne war movie.


    27. Historical facts too lengthyI considered not finishing this book because of all the lengthy historical descriptions during sections about the war But I was curious as to the secret that was kept for over 60 years I skimmed through chapters describing airplanes, guns, tanks, battles, etc It was just too distracting from events I thought 2 wasn t enough credit for all the research involved so I gave it 3.


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