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Marcus Nannini’s Latest Book:


The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II

 Release date: USA, UK, UA, AU and NZ: March 14, 2019.




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Key Features:

*The true story of an American Paratrooper who became a POW on the first evening of Operation Market Garden when he was stunned by an explosion from a German “88” and left for dead by his patrol.

*Remarkable record of the compelling wartime experiences of a member of the 82nd Airborne, 508th pir. 

Left for Dead at Nijmegen relives the larger-than-life experiences of an American Paratrooper from his high school math class, through an extra-ordinary training regimen, into the very front line of the first assault on the road bridge at Nijmegen, Holland; and into captivity. He was injured and knocked unconscious during an intense fire-fight. After almost being executed on-the-spot by a furious “SS” soldier he was dragged to an interrogation by Heinrich Himmler, surrounded by machine gun toting “SS” maniacs, deep in the bowels of an ancient castle in Nijmegen.

 As he stood before the Reichsfuhrer of Germany he considered the box of 144 condoms handed to him by a jovial British lieutenant as he boarded his C-47 to have been, at best, a bad joke. Following his interrogation Himmler directed him to take a seat on the plush red-carpeted floor alongside him where he was brought a hot dinner…the last dinner he would be provided until the final days of the war.

 It was only the beginning of what would prove to be eight harrowing months under the thumb of the Nazi High Command. He would witness carnage, mass murder, executions, risk his life to save a severely wounded fellow paratrooper, suffer extreme deprivation, be used as slave labor and continuously dodge death at the hands of the Germans, Allied artillery and both British and American airpower.

 Eventually he would escape, only to be recaptured within sight of the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland. Liberation would bring with it an entirely new and unexpected series of both difficult, as well as, humorous events.

 ISBN: 9781612006963 

PRICE: $32.95 (US) 

IMPRINT: Casemate Publishers

PAGES: 256pp

ILLUSTRATIONS:  60 black and white photographs and original illustrations

BINDING: Hardback

DIMENSIONS: 6 x 9 inches



US Military History

WW II Western Front

Operation Market Garden

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CHAMELEONS, An Untold World War II Story

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CHAMELEONS, A World War II Mystery/Suspense Novel presents a new twist to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Now available in paperback and e-book format at BARNES & NOBLE, AMAZON and fine booksellers everywhere.

Chameleons’ approach to the “date which will live in infamy” is from the seldom-seen perspective of an Imperial Japanese Navy midget submariner. The author sets forth a strong argument that members of the Imperial Japanese Navy succeeded in melding into the local Japanese population, never to be discovered.Nannini transports the reader from the image of sailors crawling for their lives over the hull of the capsizing U. S. S. Oklahoma, into modern day Oahu, and points in between with seamless transitions

In focusing on who, perhaps, is the ultimate “illegal alien” Marcus Nannini turns our attention to Lieutenant (junior grade) Masaharu Yokoyama. Yokoyama was the most qualified of the five midget submarine commanders who were sent to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was charismatic, courageous, focused and lived by the words: “Vision, Spirit, Patience and Honesty.”

Nannini transports the reader from the image of sailors crawling for their lives over the hull of the capsizing U. S. S. Oklahoma, into modern day Oahu, and points in between with seamless transitions as the life of Yokoyama is peeled open for inspection. Nannini uses no fewer than 16 images to bring to life the people and events depicted in this harrowing tale of bravery in the face of nearly overwhelming odds.

It is a story of fortitude, questioning moral certainty, duty, honor, and, above all, doing the right thing without regard to potential negative consequences.

What they are saying:

“A well-written novel requires an author to master many skills.  For me, the most important is to keep the reader so engrossed that he or she finds it hard to take a break.  Based on this…, Chameleons is such a story.” Don Westenhaver, Southern California Writers Association.

“Overall, I thought it was a great story. I liked your transitions and use of flashbacks, as well as your approach for the presentation of Chameleons.” John Bean, EBooks2Go.

“Chapter Fourteen (the Plank Bar) is the best chapter of any book I’ve ever read.” David S. Mathias, Rebel Woodworking.

About the Author, Marcus A. Nannini:

Marcus Nannini began his journalistic career when he published his own newspaper in the sixth grade, charging twenty five cents for the privilege of reading the only printed copy of each edition. During his undergraduate years Nannini was a paid reporter and worked three semesters as the research assistant for journalism professor and published author Richard Stocks Carlson, Ph.D.

Nannini is a life-long history buff with a particular interest in World War II and the Pearl Harbor attack. His continuing curiosity over several Japanese aerial photographs and the turtling of the U.S.S. Oklahoma lead him to write Chameleons, first as a screenplay and now as a full-length novel.

More than four months of research were devoted to Chameleons, underscoring Nannini’s efforts to painstakingly recreate the experiences of his protagonist, “Ken Kida,” both prior to, and following the Japanese attack on that fateful Sunday morning, December 7, 1941.

Nannini has six World War II non-fiction magazine articles appearing in World at War and Strategy and Tactics magazines in the near future. His next novels in the series, Geographic Treachery and Vigorous Brutality, will soon be available.


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