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Want to know what people are saying?Reviews on Amazon


Want to know what people are saying?Reviews on Amazon

Pictures from the 71st and 72nd

reunion for the survivors

of the USS Indianapolis 

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...An emotional, entertaining story
By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2016
Format: Paperback
This book hooked me from the very first page I read. Heartwarming and entertaining, Mark Perretta weaves the subtleties of each character into an amazing story. There are so many little nuances that, if you pay attention, connect characters and themes.

     When my career as a teacher began at Canton Central Catholic High School, little did I realize the impact my students would have on my life. I went into the profession thinking just the opposite; they were the ones that needed me. But I quickly realized to make a difference in the world and the lives I touched, I had to acquire something more.  As it turned out, my students would provide the profound ingredients needed for shaping the teacher and, ultimately, the person I would become.
     When I first met Jason in 1992, I certainly had no comprehension of the impact he would make on my life or that his story would stay with me...until now.

​     His story is meant to honor veterans everywhere, and one that can be continually retold, albeit with a multitude of other names.  My heart goes out to all families of military men and women and the sacrifices both continually make.  It is because of those men and women who serve their country with discipline, duty and honor that enable “us” to live the lives we want.  To put your life on the line for brothers and sisters, for people you will never know, to pay the ultimate price for your country? 
     Understanding the hearts of heroes is not an easy thing.  I hope I have captured a piece of them within this story.

​                                                -Mark Perretta

“Heaven Above, Earth Below, and My Heart is in Between after reading this incredible story of bonding, overcoming the demons of the past, and new beginnings.  From the hallowed grave of the USS Indianapolis to the invisible prison bars of guilt, you will live and feel every emotion in this gripping tale.  Buy it, read it, share it.  

Mark Perretta’s heartwarming writing needs to be spread around.”

-Shilo Harris

Author of Steel Will


"Heaven Above, Earth Below reminds us there are debts we can never repay.  But through our words and actions, we can let them know their sacrifice will never be forgotten."

-​Dr. Tim Novelli

Founder and President of the Patriot Project

 A portion of all proceeds from sales will help support the

Lt. Jason Manse Memorial Charitable Fund and support a scholarship at Canton Central Catholic High School in Jason's name for a deserving senior entering the military. 

Inspired by true events

HEaven Above, Earth Below

Listen to the podcast of Mark's latest

interview with Michaela Madison on WHBC!

A story of family and faith
A question of honor and unsung heroes
A magical tale that warms the patriotic heart


Click on the picture below to hear a real account of what happened on the USS Indianapolis

4.7 out of 5 Stars

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Crewmen holding one of her life rings, circa 1935. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Vice Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, USN. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.

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