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The Last Jump A Novel of World War II

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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, 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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