John E. Nevola is a feature writer for Guns and Patriots. He is the author of The Last Jump, and his website is: www.thelastjump.
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  • The Last Jump: Chapter Nineteen

    The Last Jump “Every man’s memory is his private literature.” Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) The waitress approached the table with five salad dishes balanced on her forearm.  J.P. leaned back as she placed a plate before everyone.  The restaurant | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Eighteen

    The Last Jump “Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.” Polybius (203 BC – 120 BC) Two busses loaded with GIs rendezvoused at the Airborne | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Seventeen

    The Last Jump “Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.”Phaedrus (15 BC – 50 AD) Cynthia Powers reserved a table in the small bar area of the American Grill Restaurant in the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Sixteen

    The Last Jump “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemens) (1835 – 1910) Macie Vance assumed she was being challenged by the Shore Patrol but then recognized the deep baritone voice | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Fifteen

    The Last Jump “Desperate affairs require desperate measures.”Admiral Lord Nelson (1758 – 1805) Cynthia Powers was relaxing in the lounge of the Café Pierre Bar, just where she said she would be. J.P. Kilroy immediately spotted her as he entered | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Fourteen

    The Last Jump “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”Alexander the Great (356 BC – 323 BC) “Can I help you, ma’am?”  The sentry at the gate was a white-haired older gentleman wearing a security guard’s | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Thirteen

    The Last Jump “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) J.P. Kilroy threaded his way through and around the swarm of people crowding the East Room of the White House.  | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Twelve

    The Last Jump “Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.”Ovid, (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 BC – 17 AD) Macie Vance stepped off the bus and walked tentatively toward one of the access | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Eleven

    The Last Jump “In valor there is hope.”Cornelius Tacitus (c. AD 56 – c. AD 120), Annals When J.P. Kilroy entered the East Room of the White House there were already a sizeable number of dignitaries present.  The room was | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter 10

        “All that can be done with the soldier is to give him espirit de corps,a higher opinion of his own regiment than all the other troops in the country.”Frederick the Great (1712 – 1786), Military Testament, 1768 “It’s | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Nine

    “Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.”Julius Caesar (100 BC – 44 BC) There were two messages on his answering machine when he got home late from Christmas shopping.  The stores were crowded | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Eight

    Johnny Kilroy wondered exactly how he wound up in the middle of an army barracks in South Carolina surrounded by a group of crazed Alabamans who were about to beat the crap out of him. Was this some cruel April fool’s prank or were they serious about doing him grave bodily harm?

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Seven

    Colonel Carlton Chase arrived in the 1E801 Conference Complex, Room 3, in the Pentagon’s outermost E-Ring a good fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the meeting. Arriving early gave him the opportunity to make and place the seating name cards in the configuration of his choice. It always amazed him how people, regardless of their position or rank, went immediately to the seat with their name card, usually without protest.

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Six

      “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,and grows brave by reflection.” Thomas Paine (1737 – 1808) [More info about the WWII novel “The Last Jump” is available at] Johnny Kilroy looked in the mirror in | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Five

    Excerpt: He had never thought so often about his mother until he started establishing accounts on the Internet. It seemed like each time he filled out an application online, he was asked for this information as a security question. John Patrick Kilroy Jr. had established a small number of accounts using this new technology and had even purchased a few items last Christmas. The more he used it, the more he liked it and the more websites he signed up for.

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Four

    Excerpt: John Patrick Kilroy remained well informed on world events. As each bastion fell, most Americans would run to their maps to find out where these places were and how close they were to the United States. They were far away places, to be sure, but creeping ever closer and closer. John already knew where most of them were.

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Three

      “Well, sir, I have some good news and some bad news,” reported Colonel Carlton Chase, United States Army Awards Branch, to General Aaron Clayton, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.  Chase sat in the general’s Pentagon office.  His | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter Two

    [this is part of our continued serialization of the WWII novel “The Last Jump.”    “A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.”Horace, (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65 BC – 8 BC) “I know you came up | Read More »

  • The Last Jump: Chapter One

    The President stood by the window of the Oval Office staring at Marine One, a Sikorsky VH-60N helicopter, squatting patiently on the helipad. The huge dark green craft with its long drooping rotor blades was crewed by the elite members of HMX-1, better known as Marine Helicopter Squadron One. The ungainly machine was poised and ready to carry him and the First Lady to their weekend retreat. It would be a relief to get away for a few days. But there was one last piece of unfinished business before he could leave.

  • Novel: “The Last Jump”

      [Reprinted with permission of the author] Check out: Follow the story as Guns & Patriots serializes every week  this important book about WWII paratroopers and the secrets they keep. Preface I knew they were the “Greatest Generation” long before | Read More »