Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow. He also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.
Publisher: Seattle :, Lake Union Publishing,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781503943377
1503943372
Characteristics: 513 pages ; 21 cm

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bixbyjim
Jun 26, 2018

An excellent historical novel based on facts. Shows the horrible situations and sacrifices during wars.

Another great book similar to Kristin Hannah's "Nightingale"

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southendsnob
Jun 16, 2018

Fabulous book! Well written, action packed and educational. Loved it.

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momackey
May 06, 2018

Just finished this powerful book. Definitely five stars! We seem to forget that the war did terrible things to many people and there are so many unsung heroes - one is Pino Lella. I am so glad that Mark Sullivan found the way to get this story into book form and bring to the fore these amazing young men and women. Italy hasn't been written about during the war as much as France and other European countries but they suffered greatly. Pino's two years were difficult ones and he spent them torn in so many ways. He was one man in a million. I even went on Google earth and followed many of the paths and places he passed through during his two years. It always brings a story closer to me when I can visualize where the person is and in this book, by virtue of the fact that it is biographical in essence, it was truly amazing to recognize the depth of Pino's knowledge of the mountains and the valleys. I am not the best at writing comments - but I do know this book was gripping and I could not put it down. Thank you Mark Sullivan for bringing this amazing story to light.

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jesus4elaine
May 04, 2018

I tried to give the book four stars, but it wouldn't allow me. Super book! I keep thinking I don't want to read one more book about WWII, but then this came along. I hadn't read about the war in Italy. My grandparents came from Ivrea, near Milan, where most of the action takes place. The hero is truly heroic and may still be alive! The author made the Alps so clear, I almost felt as though I was there, escaping with the Jews with the help of Pino Lella.

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packer
Apr 30, 2018

IS THIS BOOK A HARDCOVER??

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MyrtleLouise
Apr 04, 2018

I thought it was wonderful enough to turn around and buy it. I love that this real life hero's story has been told. To the reviewers who called this far-fetched and girl crazy, I don't think they really read the book.

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swheeler89
Jan 31, 2018

Amazing true story. Reminded me of the Nightingale, but perhaps a little longer winded. While I savored every page, it may have been one page too many. Still, despite it being a fictional story, it was loaded with Italian WW2 history, much of which I was unaware of. Definitely worth your time.

PimaLib_AnnieW Jan 28, 2018

I hate to give this anything less than 5 stars because this is such an important story to tell. I really enjoyed the first part of the book. I thought it was well written and well developed. However, at about the midway point, the writing became overly detailed and almost repetitious. I actually put it down at about 2/3 of the way through and don't plan on finishing it.

PimaLib_KatherineB Jan 26, 2018

I enjoyed the quick pace of the novel and the vivid storytelling that took place in its first half. However, I feel this book fell short of all of the hype and that it is not worthy of the praise it has received. At least reading this book allowed me to check off "a novel based on a real person" from my #ReadHarder challenge list.

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TheresaAJ
Jan 16, 2018

Sullivan, a prolific novelist and collaborator with James Patterson on the Private series, has written a World War II novel based on the experiences and memories of Pino Lella, an Italian teenager who spied for the Allies while working as a driver for General Hans Leyers in Milan, Italy. The story follows the war in northern Italy from June 1943 to April 1945 when the Germans have turned on their Italian allies and are retreating from the advancing American forces. As Pino becomes more aware of the German atrocities, he struggles to maintain his facade as an obedient soldier in a Nazi uniform. Based on ten years of research and interviews with Pino as well as other survivors and their descendants, Sullivan has written a story that keeps the reader engrossed for more than 500 pages. Given the locale and the various events, factions, and individuals involved, I can see why this book has been optioned as a movie.

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