Last Jump, The
Author: John E. Nevola
Publisher: Outskirts Press (2010)
Binding: Hardcover, 530 pages
A mother's dying wish propels her only son headlong into an astonishing adventure in The Last Jump. Fact and fiction intermix seamlessly as he endeavors to unravel a wartime secret passionately guarded by four old soldiers who swore an oath never to reveal it. As our protagonist reaches out to these aging warriors to solve the puzzle, he uncovers truths he never could have imagined including the shocking conclusion.
The Last Jump is a war story, a mystery, a love tale and a narrative about the gritty men and women who won World War II. It was a time when ordinary citizens of an imperfect America, with all its incredible virtues and vexing shortcomings, stood shoulder to shoulder against the world?s most evil powers in a fight for survival.
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!
Reviewed by: Bob Flournoy (2010)