John E. Nevola
John E Nevola Updated April 01, 2013
Where I Live
The son of a deceased World War II hero tries desperately to solve a family secret dating back to the War. He enlists the aid of four of his father's wartime friends who not only know the secret but also swore an oath never to reveal it. As he frantically probes to solve the mystery, he discovers truths he never could have imagined including the shocking conclusion. The Last Jump is a war story, a mystery, a love tale, and a tribute to the people who won World War II. Fact and fiction intermix seamlessly to unravel a secret passionately guarded by four aging soldiers. The reader is transported back in time to an imperfect America, with all is incredible virtues and vexing shortcomings, struggling with racial and gender issues while fighting for its survival. It was a time when Americans stood shoulder to shoulder to free the world from tyranny. It honors the spirit and courage of ordinary citizens pitted against the militaristic regimes of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. It was a time when the sons of presidents and senators served, fought, suffered and died alongside average Americans and famous celebrities. J.P. Kilroy, a middle-aged divorced journalist, regrets ignoring his mother’s deathbed request. Even her last letter, which told of the existence of a mysterious family secret, did not motivate him to reconcile with the father who left them 30 years ago. When he receives an invitation from the White House to attend a Medal of Honor awards ceremony for African-Americans, he also discovers his estranged father recently passed away. Kilroy also discovers that four aging veterans, the only links to the past, not only know the secret but also swore an oath never to reveal it. Their conversations take him back in time to a country in grave danger but the old warriors stubbornly resist until the last one passes on. But one reaches from beyond the grave to identify the only other person who has the answer and Kilroy races death to reach her. And a shocking conclusion awaits him, if only he can get there in time! World War II buffs will enjoy this book because the story unfolds over a tapestry of actual and accurate historical events. Fans of the Band of Brothers miniseries will gravitate to the realistic portrayal of paratroopers in both the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. United States Army Rangers play a prominent role in the story, as do the “Stonewallers” of the 29th “Blue-Gray” Infantry Division. Appropriate tribute is paid to the shipbuilders of the Homefront including “Rosie the Riveter” characters as well as female ferry pilots. The women who have read the book were particularly taken by portrayal of strong women and their love interests while the entire plot is driven by a frantic son of a war hero desperate to discover a family secret that has been withheld for over 50 years. Some of the proceeds are donated to assist the families of the fallen.