A Member of The Arizona Authors Association, The Nonfiction Authors Association and International Thriller Writers, Inc.

I participated in Read Across America Week by presenting a combination writing class/book reading to back-to-back 7th grade classes. The response was extremely gratifying.

Marcus Nannini’s first WW II nonfiction work was awarded the 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year and entered into the US National Archives. (Casemate Publishers) Not only is his second WW II piece ready, but it’s also every bit as “riveting” than his initial work. Awarded Best Thriller in 2017,  he has the first two in a new Thriller Series just about ready and the third in progress. Presently he’s in discussion with 2 producers (CA and NYC) relative to film rights. If you desire the opportunity to represent this client, then the time to act would be now. imdb.me/marcusnannini


“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.


Overall Winner of the 2019 PenCraft Awards for Literary Achievement in a Nonfiction book. Left for Dead at Nijmegen is the PenCraft 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year.

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

“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.

Author, Speaker, Instructor.



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.

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

“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)

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

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.
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.

AMAZON HAS LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN ON SALE TODAY FOR ONLY $18.50 FOR THE HARDBOUND EDITION: https://www.amazon.com/Left-Dead-Nijmegen-American-Paratrooper/dp/1612006965


Possibly the last great WW II story of a still-living Paratrooper.

Casemate Publishers. Oxford, UK and Philadelphia, PA

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

You can contact me here: MarcusNannini@aol.com

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Copyright Marcus A. Nannini, 2010-2020

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