A Member of The Arizona Authors Association; The Nonfiction Authors Association; Colorado Independent Publishers Association; The Independent Author Network; Poets & Writers; Southern California Writers Association-SCWA; IMDbPro; The Independent Author Network, International Thriller Writers, Inc., the Society of Southwestern Authors, and the National Italian American Foundation.

Marcus A. Nannini, 2022 Editor’s Choice Award Winner, The Readers House Magazine, London, England. June 2, 2022.



My most current fan mail, received September 29, 2022:

“Dear Mr. Nannini: I have read two of your books, Left for Dead at Nijmegen and Midnight Flight to Nuremberg over a one week time period. I have read hundreds of books over my 86 years here on Earth and consider you one of the best authors I’ve ever read. I include Brad Thor, James Patterson, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Stewart Woods, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben as Page Turners. YOU are right up there with them.”

I look forward to reading more of your work. Sincerely, Brad Watkins

 About the Author

Nannini began writing when he published his own newspaper in the sixth grade. His parents didn’t have a copier, so he charged 25 cents per school quarter for the privilege of reading the only hand-written copy of each edition. The newspaper was a modest success and planted the notion Nannini might one day make a living through writing.

During Nannini’s undergraduate years he was a paid newspaper reporter and worked three semesters as the Research Assistant to journalism professor Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D. He advised Nannini to write as if conversing with his readers, not speaking to them..

Nannini is a life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His first novel, Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story, was well received and earned a “Best Thriller” award.

His second work, Left for Dead at Nijmegen, the True Story of an American Paratrooper (Casemate Publishers, Oxford, UK, and Philadelphia, PA) received plaudits from around the world, has been placed into the United States National Archives, and was named 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year. Charles III, King of the united kingdom, owns a copy.

His third work, Midnight Flight to Nuremberg, the Capture of the Nazi who put Adolph Hitler into Power, on September 30, 2021, by Pen & Sword Books (United Kingdom) and late November 2021 in the USA and Canada. it has won Best Nonfiction book of the Year and a host of additional accolades.

We are pleased to announce that your book, Midnight Flight to Nuremberg, is a winner in the 2022 IAN Book of the Year Awards in the “Outstanding History” Category. 13 NovEmber, 2022.

The initial two novels in a historical-based Thriller Series, Nine Men Down and Geographic Treachery, have completed their final editing. Vigorous Brutality,  the third in the series, is in progress.


July 2017, Best Thriller Award for Chameleons, an untold World War II Story, from ITW (International Thriller Writers)

2017, Second Place, Pencraft Awards for Literary Excellence in Fiction.

2017 Winner, Military Book Category, International Book Excellence Awards. Chameleons, an untold World War II Story.

2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year award from Pencraft Awards for Literary Excellence, Left for Dead at Nijmegen.

Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards-Left for Dead at Nijmegen.

2020 Nonfiction Book of the Year-History, from IAN, Independent Authors Association, Left for Dead at Nijmegen.

2021-2022 Overall Grand Prize Winner, nonfiction, from Reader Views Midnight Flight to Nuremberg.

Silver Medalist, 2022 CIPA EVVY™ Book Awards

Silver Medalist, 2022 IPPY Book Awards.

Finalist, 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

Finalist, 2022 American BookFest Awards.

Finalist, The Hearten Book Awards, a genre division of Chanticleer International Book Awards and Novel Competitions (CIBAs).


My Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/author/marcusnannini


Marcus Nannini’s first WW II nonfiction work, LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN, was awarded 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year, entered into the US National Archives and won 2020 Nonfiction Book of the Year-History.

You can watch the LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV-M0UHaCVk


AMAZON HAS LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN ON SALE TODAY https://www.amazon.com/Left-Dead-Nijmegen-American-Paratrooper/dp/1612006965

“Told in the matter-of-fact tone of a college essay, the book is a page turner, full of coincidences, narrow escapes, and tension worthy of a Hollywood film. Left for Dead at Nijmegen is well worth the read.” Paul Garrett for Reedsy Discovery

“Some savvy screenplay writer will inevitably snag the rights to this one. The comic relief is already built into the suspense-driven plot. The story is just the right size for a movie in an industry struggling to break-away from comic book heroes into the genuine article.” Reviewed By: Casey Quyn, Manhattan Book Review of LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN.

“Gene Metcalfe’s detailed recollections are supplemented with photographs. This is an important biography worthy of inclusion in World War II themed collections. The book portrays military sacrifices and the reality of the struggle of POW as reported by a survivor.” AuthorsReading.com 5 star review.

“The author has researched and studied this subject in great depth, his knowledge and ability to engage and keep the interest of the reader is accomplished and proficient. Army Rumour Service, 20/06/2019 (United Kingdom)


A“BESTSEL” in Holland, buy it here when in the Netherlands: https://www.athenaeum.nl/boek/?authortitle=nannini-marcus-a-/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen–9781612006963

The gentleman on the far left is Ray Mead, the man who left Gene for Dead at Nijmegen. They remain good friends. Yes, that’s me at the podium.

The Poisoned Pope, Pope Eugenius III and the Knights Templar is Nannini’s pet project as Pope Eugenius III would have been his uncle had he been alive at the time.

LINK TO THE TELEVISION COVERAGE OF THE SPECIAL US ARMY AWARDS CEREMONY RESULTING FROM THIS “RIVETING” BOOK: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/two-valley-veterans-honored-with-medals-75-years-later.

Link to Gene Metcalfe honored in Louisiana:


Follow me on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcusANannini/

LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN, The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II

Link to my blog archives: https://phxpublishingandbookpromotion.wordpress.com/category/marcus-nannini/

You can also reach out to me through LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcus-a-nannini-65b949160/

“There are many stories about the American airborne in Market Garden; Gene’s story is unique and significant.” World War II History Magazine, April, 2020, Page 74.

IS YOUR LIFE STORY GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE A BOOK? If you believe so, drop me a note and we can discuss the possiblities. MarcusNannini@aol.com

Gene being congratulated by Sir Charles, Prince of Wales, a proud owner of a copy of Left for Dead at Nijmegen.

Walmart offers free in-store pickup. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Left-for-Dead-at-Nijmegen-The-True-Story-of-an-American-Paratrooper-in-World-War-II-9781612006963/657636622

 Description: The order to fall back had finally been given by Lieutenant Weaver. Gene, being in an advanced position, didn’t hear the order, stood his ground and continued to fire as fast as he could, having run out of hand-grenades. His best friend, Meade, positioned about 50 yards away on the other side of the road did hear the order and despite the darkness realized Gene wasn’t pulling back. Not wanting to leave his friend he decided he’d take a chance and charge across the roadway to let him know they were pulling out.

“Gene Metcalfe’s detailed recollections are supplemented with photographs. This is an important biography worthy of inclusion in World War II themed collections. The book portrays military sacrifices and the reality of the struggle of POW as reported by a survivor.” AuthorsReading.com 5 star review.

Just as Meade took his first step towards Gene’s position a shell from a German “Eighty-Eight” cannon exploded near Gene and threw his body high into the air, hitting the ground with an audible thump. Undaunted, Meade continued across the road dodging enemy fire the entire time and found Gene lying face-down. He rolled him over, noticed blood coming from his right ear and assumed the worst. Gene was left for dead at Nijmegen, the only member of the patrol who did not return.

Some time passed before Gene began to regain consciousness. His ears were ringing and he felt as if he was on a merry-go-round when he felt something poking him in the stomach. He opened his eyes and, to his horror, realized a member of the dreaded German “SS” was poking him with his rifle.

About an hour later Gene found himself standing between two hardened, machine gun toting fanatics of the “Reichsfuhrer SS” deep in the bowels of an ancient castle facing an interrogation by Heinrich Himmler himself. It was only the beginning of what would prove to be eight harrowing months under the thumb of the Nazi High Command as he would witness carnage, risk his life to save a severely wounded fellow paratrooper, suffer extreme deprivation, be used as slave labor, and eventually escape, only to be recaptured within sight of the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland.

Contact Information: Marcus A. Nannini. Email: MarcusNannini@aol.com. Twitter: @MarcusNannini. FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarcusANannini/   The Book:     https://chameleonsthebook.com/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen

A sampling of recent magazine articles by Mr. Nannini:

LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2019/09/17/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen-american-paratrooper-to-be-honoured-for-heroism-75-years-after-operation-market-garden/

BLUNDER OVER BELGIUM: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2019/12/09/blunder-over-belgium-was-a-botched-cargo-drop-to-the-82nd-airborne-in-the-ardennes-negligence-or-sabotage/

DINNER WITH HIMMLER: https://militaryhistorynow.com/2019/04/30/dinner-with-himmler-an-american-paratroopers-bizarre-encounter-with-one-of-the-third-reichs-top-officials/

The Literary Titan Book International Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Copyright Marcus A. Nannini, 2010-2023

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