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The Long Escape
Jeff Noonan

This is a true story; a story of survival. It tells of how a boy and his family lived a life of hellish abuse, fought back, and learned to live with the memories. It is also an adventure tale, following the boy through the military buildup to the Viet Nam War, Pacific Island love affairs, and his personal battles in the Montana mountains.

As a boy, Jeff was raised in the mountains of Montana where he idolized his father, a former professional boxer. But in the early 1950s, his idol became an alcoholic and an abuser, repeatedly beating Jeff, his mother, and his younger siblings. In desperation, Jeff resorted to digging hidden bunkers where the family could hide when they were attacked. Life became a daily struggle, both physically and financially.

He left school and worked wherever he could find a job, using the money to help feed his family. He labored in lumber mills, railroads, and ranches until he joined the military at age seventeen.

This story follows the boy from the hell of his childhood through Pacific Island love affairs, killer typhoons, and Hong Kong bar battles as he fights his way to acceptance in the rough and tumble world of a destroyer sailor. In his first Navy assignment, he finds that his poor education has resulted in a job he despises; working as a permanent head cleaner on an old destroyer. But through perseverance, hard work, and an iron will, he becomes a leader, supervising teams working on experimental shipboard missile guidance systems.

But you can’t run from yourself. Jeff’s family problems haunt him, frequently bringing him back to Montana; to increasingly violent confrontations with his father. Tensions build until the inevitable happens and Jeff is drawn into a final, epic, battle with the abuser.

A sobering, visceral, and shockingly real portrait of domestic violence, the boy’s relentless drive for survival is nothing short of extraordinary. An uplifting journey to redemption and self-acceptance, The Long Escape sends an unforgettable message to the abused that there really can be hope and love in their future. It also brilliantly captures the sometimes hollow feeling of victory and the scars of abuse that are carried for a lifetime.

This is a true story. Some names have been changed to accomodate participants, but the story is absolutely true. The author sincerely hopes that, by publishing this memoir, he can provide a bit of a roadmap for others struggling to escape a life of abuse.

About the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Noonan is a Montana native who retired in 2001 as the president of a nationwide corporation. He is married with four children and six grandchildren. As a young man, Jeff lived the life described in this book. He worked as a laborer for farms, ranches, lumber mills, and a railroad. He then served in both the Army and the Navy, retiring from the Navy as a commissioned warrant officer. While in the Navy, he commissioned five ships at Bath Iron Works, worked in guided missile research at White Sands Missile Range, and served two and a half years in Viet Nam operations. When he retired, he was a combat systems officer in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. After leaving the military, Jeff worked his way up from an entry-level technical position to become the executive-vice president of a 900-person corporation with offices worldwide. During this era, he moved two companies into the impoverished city of Camden, New Jersey, in order to provide jobs where none existed. Then he took over a troubled seven-person North Carolina company and turned it into a solvent corporation with over 250 employees. In recognition of these efforts, a U.S. Congressional Committee officially awarded him their 1999 North Carolina Businessman of the Year plaque during a Washington, DC, ceremony. Jeff sold his business interests in 2001 and retired to his hometown where he was soon elected president of the St. Regis Community Council, a position he held for four years. He was also the president of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce for two years. He still lives in western Montana.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Create Space (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00772VHHE
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa442430c) out of 5 stars Great lesson on coping Feb. 3 2012
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This book was incredible - it shows that a person can get through anything. I know Jeff from high school and I didn't know he was going through all of that - amazing that he made it - and not just made it but became a very successful person, father and business man. He is very brave and courageous to put all in a book for others to learn from his issue. I know it had to be painful for him. Thank you,Jeff.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4424558) out of 5 stars Great Read!! Funny and Heart Breaking..Heart Warming.. Feb. 1 2012
By Suzanne M. Davis - Published on
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This book had the all the makings of an epic adventure while being a great tale of recovery and survival. It may address a 'heavy' topic but the reader is still brought through the survival tale with a great deal of humor and hope along the way. I think it is both a 'page-turning' novel to read and a helpful book for anyone with their own survival tale to relate to in the 'overcoming'.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa442451c) out of 5 stars Great Book Feb. 29 2012
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Jeff Noonan does an excellent job in writing about a difficult subject. His narrative is easy reading, but does leave the reader thinking about the life he lived. This book should be required reading for all of those people who use their upbringing and/or background as an excuse for not achieving their goals. Jeff is proof of the old adage: "Where there's a will there's a way."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4424810) out of 5 stars Reliving My Escape Too July 10 2012
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Although I'm not traditionally an avid reader, Jeff Noonan has written a book that made me one. His style is easy to read and hard to stop. In my case it was a trip down memory lane - both good and bad. Like the author, I, too, escaped from the battleground of an alcoholic home life at seventeen. A few years later I found myself serving alongside Jeff and his brother, Tim, on one of the Navy's newly built missile cruisers.

Jeff's vivid recollection of so many details of life in the Navy brought back a lot that I had forgotten; it was as if he kept a log! But Jeff did much more than merely escape into the Navy - most anybody can sign the papers and do that. Once there he listened when good advice came his way, worked hard starting at the bottom and made decisions that opened options for him. At that age we all wanted instant gratification; but Jeff kept his eyes on the future and made a very good future for himself and, when he could, others in his family too.

The book moves quickly, is genuine in its details, gritty when it needs to be and tender when it should be.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4424870) out of 5 stars Engrossing Sept. 14 2012
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I read this book nonstop! I cannot imagine the pain Jeff's family went through. I was happy to see what a sucess he made of himself.
I did not like the ending. It just stopped!! I was expecting it to go through to the end of his navy career and was disappointed that it just stopped the way it did.