Book Review: Beneath A Scarlet Sky

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Author: Mark T. Sullivan

Pages: 513

Goodreads synopsis:

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

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Review:

Pino Lella’s story is one of those that I can’t believe hasn’t been told before. This story opened my eyes to the bravery of citizens not soldiers during WWII. It also gave me history on Italy, once again, I learned about horrors the country went through that I didn’t know of before. I always heard/read about Germany and the United States in the history books, I had no idea that Italy went through horrors on their own.

This was one of those stories that made me immediately Google search both Pino and General Leyers immediately after I finished. Unfortunately not much was found on their lives after the war.

I definitely recommend this one if you like reading about WWII, at times I felt like the writing style dragged out but overall it’s so inspiring and shows that even during the darkest time, there will be people fighting for the light.

Overall rating: 3/5 stars

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