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

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 FOR ONLY $21.70 FOR THE HARDBOUND EDITION: https://www.amazon.com/Left-Dead-Nijmegen-American-Paratrooper/dp/1612006965

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.LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN, Reviewed by Casey Quyn for MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW.




Gene Metcalfe today, 18 September 2019. Gene presented an autographed copy of the book to Colonel Beaufort, Commander, Regional Military Command West. Deputy Commander, 11 Air Assault Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army.

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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Gene being thanked and congratulated by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands.

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


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

Whether you are in North America or the United Kingdom, The WORDERY has a few copies remaining from the first press run at only: $22.36, WITH FREE SHIPPING and often-times NO sales tax because they ship from the UK! HTTPS://WORDERY.COM/LEFT-FOR-DEAD-AT-NIJMEGEN-MARCUS-A-NANNINI-9781612006963?

Gene being congratulated by Sir Charles, Prince of Wales.
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 Literary Titan Book 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.

Marcus A. Nannini

  Author Biography

Mr. Nannini began his writing career when he published his own newspaper in the sixth grade and 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.

During the 8th grade his English teacher took him aside and said while she very much enjoyed his writing, he included too many details and that by doing so it distracted from his otherwise very good story telling. He took that lesson to heart.

In the final month of his senior year in high school his English Comp teacher took him aside and advised him that he had developed a unique writing style and he should never let anyone try to change it. 

During his undergraduate years he was a paid newspaper reporter and also worked three semesters as the research assistant to journalism professor Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D.

One day Dr .Carlson pointed to his sole published work, The Benign Humorists, and warned Nannini not to make the mistake he had committed by writing a book directed at a more “educated” market. Dr. Carlson told Nannini to keep writing as he does, as a journalist who seeks to appeal to the mass market reader. Marcus read his book and immediately understood what he was saying.

Nannini is a life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He once discovered an error in his fifth grade history book concerning the attack. Nannini’s continuing curiosity over several Japanese aerial photographs and the turtling of the U.S.S. Oklahoma lead him to write NINE MEN DOWN.

Nannini is an awarded member of International Thriller Writers (ITW); Nonfiction Authors Association; Arizona Author’s Association and the Southern California Writers Association.



Nannini currently writes on a full-time basis. Look for more books from him in the near future along with articles he has composed for World War II History Magazine, Casemate Publishers UK-Blog and Military History Now Magazine.

Please Help Support the NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM in New Orleans. Considered to be, hands-down, the best and most realistic WW II Museum in the USA! https://store.nationalww2museum.org/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen-hb.html

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Coming in the Summer of 2020: MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG. Check here for updates. https://chameleonsthebook.com/midnight-flight-to-nuremberg/

Coming in Fall, 2020: NINE MEN DOWN, The Silent Invasion of Oahu.  Check here for updates.

Marcus A. Nannini

Publishing Curriculum Vitae


The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II


Published in North America: March, 2019.

Published in the UK, EU, AU, NZ and ZA: April 11, 2019.

Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia, PA. and Oxford, United Kingdom.

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.

Midwest Book Review (library watch) deems it to be “extraordinary and simply riveting”

Dear Mr. Nannini, I’ve just read your book “Left for dead at Nijmegen”. The story of Gene Metcalfe is really amazing and beautifully written. I salute you for keeping his brave history alive! Yours sincerely, Harry Hekman, Lieutenant Colonel , Royal Military Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee) The Netherlands

“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)

 “Very Riveting” Herbert Bauernebel, American Correspondent for the German periodicals BILD and amerikaREPORT

“Marcus, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s perhaps one of the best memoirs I’ve read.” Angus Wallace, WW II Podcast, United Kingdom

“This is an important biography worthy of inclusion in World War II themed collections.” AuthorsReading

 Left for Dead at Nijmegen is a stunning and beautifully written recounting of Gene Metcalfe’s experiences beginning with his life-changing decision to quit school and enlist to become a paratrooper. While the story is written by Nannini, I consistently felt Metcalfe’s presence within the telling, and the photographs included in the book increase the impact and credibility of Metcalfe’s story.”
Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper is an important work, one that exemplifies the sacrifices made by our military and reveals the reality of the POWs’ struggle to survive under the harshest of situations. It’s most highly recommended.”

Review Link: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen

The conversations between important members of the SS as well as many other details seem almost too good to be true from a historical perspective. Nannini dutifully constructs images and characteristics of the POW camps that his subject was forced into that were previously unknown. This work, therefore, is as important to historical study of the period as it is a riveting and fascinating tale.

The writing is direct, simple, and honest, relaying the same feeling that you get from the main character. Left for Dead in Nijmegen, written by Marcus A Nannini and published by Casemate, a resounding recommendation to readers of historical novels.”  LITERARY TITAN


He was the last to jump from his fatally stricken C-47 and the lead man when he walked into a prepared German defense. He was left for dead, captured by the SS, interrogated by Heinrich Himmler and that was all on Day one of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN, 75 years ago. 1944-2019.

Pages: 256 |ISBN-13: 978-1-61200-696-3. ASIN: B07QM86WDW. ISBN: 1612006965 

 CHAMELEONS, An Untold World War II Story

Historical Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

Published June, 2017. Black Rose Writing, Texas, USA.

Midwest Book Review: “Very Highly Recommended”

Chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the “very best books.”

Winner, Military Book Category, 2017 International Book Excellence Awards.

Second place overall in the 2018 Pencraft Awards.

Honorable Mention, 2017 San Francisco Book Festival.

Voted Number One in the 2017 Onlinebookclub historical fiction book of the year voting.


By BestThrillers Staff on June 27, 2018 in Historical Thriller Books, Military Thriller Books

GoodReads: Five Stars

Indie Reader: Five Stars

AuthorsReading.com: “Chameleons An Untold World War II Story” by Marcus A. Nannini, is one of the finest books written about the attack on Pearl Harbor that I have ever read.”

OnLineBookClub: “Mr. Nannini’s blend of real life events, a compelling modern day mystery, and vibrant characters has resulted in a first-class novel which could easily become a lasting gem in its genre.”

Link: https://chameleonsthebook.com/chameleons-reviews/

Pending Full-Length Magazine Articles between 5,700 words and 7,200 words each, with photographs:



Flying Solo Over Hiroshima


Surviving in Holland during World War II


One Day Over Nijmegen

 Articles and blogs authored on an ongoing basis for:

Military History Now, online magazine; Casemate Publishers, UK and Phoenix Publishing and Book Marketing.

Never forget to inquire with your favorite brick and mortar bookshop as many of them carry my book. Nothing like the instant gratification of going home with your purchase in hand!


 Pending Nonfiction manuscript ready for submission:


From the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania to the Contested Skies over Nazi Occupied Europe.

73,000 words with approximately 70 photos. This manuscript is in submission.

 Pending manuscript of an exciting WW II and Korean Conflict Creative Nonfiction work:


The Silent Invasion of Oahu

Estimated to be 107,000 words with approximately 30 photos.

NINE MEN DOWN is the first in a series of historical mystery/thrillers and continues with:


The Shah’s Revenge

Approximately 90,000 words.

(In final editing phase.)



(First 8 chapters drafted; projecting 90,000 words)

 Planned Creative Nonfiction:


Blessed Pope Eugenius III and the Knights Templar

(Initial research underway, planned completion in first quarter 2021. Projecting 100,000 words.)

 Mr. Nannini routinely makes himself available for interviews by phone, in-person Or through book signings.

He will consider drafting magazine-length articles and full-length books relating interesting stories of our Veterans.

Contact: MarcusNannini@aol.com

Amazon offers LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN for only $22.37: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1612006965

Siebe Postma played the role of Gene Metcalfe in a re-enactment of 17 September 1944.


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

Casemate Publishers. Oxford, UK and Philadelphia, PA

Gene is second from right on the top row.
  1. Category:    Nonfiction-World War II
  2. Title:            Left for Dead at Nijmegen, The True Story of an American Paratrooper
  3. Author:       Marcus A. Nannini. Published books: Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story, 2017 by Black Rose Writing, Texas, USA. Left for Dead at Nijmegen, The True Story of an American Paratrooper. Mr. Nannini’s 2017 offering was rated among the “best of the best books” by Publishers Weekly and “Very Highly Recommended” by Midwest Book Review, received numerous awards and excellent reviews.
  4. Publisher:  Casemate Publishers, Philadelphia, PA and Oxford, UK.
  5. Ordering Information, Wholesale: Trade orders in the US should come to Casemate: 610-853-9131;

 Fax: 610-853-9146; Email: casemate@casematepublishers.com 

Mail: Casemate Group, 1950 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083 AND major          distribution sources, of course, including Books International.

EU trade orders can be placed with Orca Book Services Ltd: Tel: +44 (0)1235 465500 Email: orders@orcabookservices.co.uk

Walmart offers free in-store pickup. They stock and ship at only $22.37. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Left-for-Dead-at-Nijmegen-The-True-Story-of-an-American-Paratrooper-in-World-War-II-9781612006963/657636622

If your business not have a trade account with Orca, please contact us at    trade@casematepublishers.co.uk to set one up. 

Australia should go via Peribo PTY LTD:

Fax: +61 2 457 0022 Email: michaelcoffey@peribo.com.au

  • Ordering Information, Retail: Amazon.com and fine bookstores world-wide.
  • Page Count:   256 (heavily populated with photos and original etchings throughout)
  • Price:               $32.95
  • Format and Binding: Hardback and ePub
  • ISBN:  Hardback Edition: 978-1-61200-696-3; Digital Edition: 978-1-61200-697-0 (e-Pub)

11. Publication Dates: March 14, 2019-USA; April 11, 2019-UK

12.  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.

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. Mailing address: PO Box 572, Cave Creek, AZ 85327-0572. FB: https://www.facebook.com/MarcusANannini/   The Book:     https://chameleonsthebook.com/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen

I can inscribe your book. Mail me your copy of my book along with $4.00 to cover the cost of USPS Media Mail postage for delivery to addresses within the USA ONLY. I inscribe the book as you request and mail it back to you. The USPS provides a tracking number.             Should you prefer, I can acquire the book for you and the total amount of money to send me for the book and inscription, with Media Mail shipping to USA addresses only is $33.00. If you need a book in a hurry I can send it via USPS PRIORITY MAIL to any USA address, the total cost would be $41.00. Email me for instructions, inscription information and mailing address at MARCUSNANNINI@AOL.COM

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You can contact me here: MarcusNannini@aol.com

Copyright Marcus A. Nannini, 2010-2020

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