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The Final Victory: Shattered Bodies, Broken Dreams, The Race to Win Back Hope (Hardcover)

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A Novel Inspired by True Events

Shattered Bodies
Broken Dreams
The Race to Win Back Hope

In a novel that fuses the riveting action of The Boys in the Boat with the emotional heft of The Fault in Our Stars, twenty men and women with cancer-ridden bodies compete in a grueling race only to discover that real victory is achieved within.

After he is diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, Tripp Avery feels like all is lost. He finds himself coaching a team of twelve men and eight women with cancer diagnoses of their own, hoping to qualify for the Mixed Masters Dragon Boat national championship and defy their prognoses. If they win, they will represent the United States at the International Dragon Boat races in Hong Kong.

But things soon get complicated, as four of his teammates struggle against their physical limitations and the psychological weight of their conditions. In the summer heat of Chattanooga, their resolve grows thin—along with Tripp’s patience. After a devastating loss to the defending national champions, Tripp can only see the finish line, and he pushes the team even harder. Soon, the team starts to fall apart.

As members of the team collapse under the pressure and one is hospitalized, he must confront his own failings and find a way to move forward. He begins to question his motives, wondering if the win is worth the trauma and what that says about him. Despite the odds, he resolves to rally the team toward a comeback that seems impossible, if only for one final victory. 

About the Author

Roger Jones, businessman, philanthropist, humanitarian and avid athlete has founded numerous business and community organizations. In 1996, he started Companion Associates, Inc., one of South Carolina’s largest privately held real estate development firms. Companion Associates was distinguished as one of South Carolina’s fastest growing companies by The South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

He has helped establish and launch a number of non-profit organizations including Reading Partners of South Carolina, Charleston Social Venture Partners, and The Charleston Paddle Club.

During a 2012 trip to East Germany to receive a newly developed intensive radiation treatment for Neuroendocrine Cancer, Roger decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. The Final Victory is his first novel. He has had articles and short stories published in several local publications as well as The Writers Digest. Married for forty-seven years, Roger is the proud father of three children and grandfather of three grandchildren. His life’s greatest lesson is quoted by The Final Victory’s protagonist Tripp Avery, “Forgiveness is the foundation of every miracle.”

Praise For…

“What is courage? In this notable debut, Roger Jones explores the strength, resilience, compassion, and willpower of a band of athletes who define courage and triumph over unspeakable odds.  These twenty men and women overcome cancer to not merely win a national championship but to survive. I laughed. I cried.  I was inspired. The Final Victory is an uplifting novel we all need to read.”
 – Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author

 “An inspiring and stirring tale of courage, The Final Victory is inspired by the true story of a group of athletes who face life-threatening illnesses and are bonded together by their indomitable will to win. Jones gives us a novel that is equal parts laugh out loud funny, moving, and uplifting. You will love it!”
– Patti Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis

“The Final Victory brilliantly demonstrates that women recovering from breast cancer can lead full and active lives — paddle for sure, but also pick up and hug their grandchildren. Dragon boating challenges the limits of human performance, especially for those with more than their share of hurdles to clear. That’s the magic that Roger Jones captures, and that’s why The Final Victory is a great book.” 
—Dr. Don McKenzie, Founder of the original Breast Cancer Dragon Boat team

“Having coached for over thirty years ‘The Final Victory’ has totally recharged me. Roger Jones illuminates the unstoppable power of the human spirit.
I cried and I cheered. What a ride!”
Pat Bradley
Team USA Dragon Boat Senior C, Head Coach, 2017-2023
Former Canadian National Dragon Boat Team, Senior B Head Coach

"One man tells his story of surviving and living. It is the story of thousands of people. It is an example to us all. As a physician, I thank Roger Jones for sharing awareness of Neuroendocrine cancer.  As a human, I thank him for allowing me to experience the power of hope, teamwork and love."
– Eric Liu, MD Internationally recognized surgeon specializing in neuroendocrine tumors, Co-Director, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and The Neuroendocrine Institute
“A bitter, hardened coach, facing his own illness and inner demons, reluctantly agrees to lead a crew of cancer survivors in their quest for a national championship in a dragon boat race. Ultimately, the race becomes a metaphor not only for the struggle to survive but also a pathway for redemption. Based on a true story, The Final Victory is the kind of spiritually uplifting novel that you’ll want to share with everyone you know.”
– Cassandra King, award-winning author of Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy

“In this excellent book, Roger Jones plumbs the depths of driven competitors in a powerful, compelling way. What does a father’s bitterness do to a talented son when cancer intrudes in ways that would smash most dreams? What does a gutty bunch of survivors do when challenged to defy their terrible pain and fear? In the end, they learn what really matters. Read this wonderful novel and you will as well.”
– Bill Curry, Author of Ten Men You Meet in a Huddle, winner of two Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers, former Head Coach at Georgia Tech and Alabama

“To push oneself to the limit in sport while dealing with a life-debilitating disease defies logic. It’s the drive to win against the odds—to conquer the unconquerable—that fuels the members of this incredible dragon boat team. The story of their journey together is truly inspiring!”
– Cathy Graham, Co-owner, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

"A little parable from heaven. So much a person could use to reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses in how they deal with themselves and the people they love… A good story told well."
— Jeffrey Blount, author of Mr. Jimmy from Around the Way

“I feel honored to have this book in my hands. A true labor of love...Thank you for writing this novel.”
— Sarah Evans, Executive Director, Dragon Boat Charleston

"Roger is an incredible human being – so big and bad, so kind and generous. His novel, THE FINAL VICTORY, tells the thrilling story of Roger’s fierce battle with cancer and how that struggle forged his amazing character."
—Karen Metz, Health Care Executive and Wife of a NET Warrior/Patient
Product Details
ISBN: 9798989960705
Publisher: Companion Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 300
Language: English