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Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

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Primarily based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA At this time and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic story of 1 younger man’s unbelievable braveness and resilience throughout one in every of historical past’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella needs nothing to do with the battle or the Nazis. He’s a standard Italian teenager—obsessive about music, meals, and women—however his days of innocence are numbered. When his household house in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad serving to Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, an attractive widow six years his senior.

In an try to guard him, Pino’s dad and mom power him to enlist as a German soldier—a transfer they suppose will maintain him out of fight. However after Pino is injured, he’s recruited on the tender age of eighteen to turn into the private driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, Normal Hans Leyers, one of many Third Reich’s most mysterious and highly effective commanders.

Now, with the chance to spy for the Allies contained in the German Excessive Command, Pino endures the horrors of the battle and the Nazi occupation by preventing in secret, his braveness bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he goals they’ll someday share.

Followers of All of the Mild We Can not See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will get pleasure from this riveting saga of historical past, suspense, and love.

Worth: $ 2.79

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  • May 15, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    895 of 956 people found the following review helpful
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    ~~Action/Courage/Resilience – set in Italy during WW II~~, April 1, 2017
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    A Kindle First selection that is masterfully written with complex characters and heart-pounding scenes. It takes place in Italy -‘the forgotten front’- during WW II and the reader is drawn into a web of intrigue. Pino Lello, 17 years of age, is wise beyond his years and intelligent, as well. It is a gripping story of resilience, the indomitable spirit of a young man that knew no boundaries and courage that sustained him during dark hours.

    When reading the first portion, I was wondering if (and how) this intense pace would continue. The climbing scenes through the mountains gave me a real shot of adrenaline. I felt as though I was one of the climbers and not a reader. This is also when the echoes of ‘Nessun Dorma’ were played with such passion. For me, this is one of the underlying themes in the story – ‘none shall sleep’. And, Pino Lello has taken that to heart for the remainder of this story.

    The action intensified throughout the remainder of the book, and one is allowed a rare glimpse into the mind of Il Duce – Benito Mussolini – plus the inner workings of the German High Command. Becoming a driver for Major General Hans Leyer allows Pino access to a man that is two steps from the Fuhrer. Pino Lello witnesses atrocities he wishes he could forget but keeps soldiering on…wisely…

    Just a gripping and harrowing Kindle First selection which I feel is the best one I have read. Full of action and suspense which will keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration.

    Most highly recommended.

    Please note that this is my Kindle First selection for April 2017.

  • May 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    136 of 143 people found the following review helpful
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    The Fact Based Story of a Remarkable Life of Courage and Tragedy, August 27, 2017
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    Phil in Magnolia (Pacific Northwest) –

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    Set in Italy during the last two years of the second World War, this story follows the life of a remarkable young man, Pino Lella, who finds himself assigned as the driver of one of the most powerful Nazi officials in Italy. He accompanies this General throughout northern Italy as the war deteriorates and comes to a violent and tragic end.

    The scenes of brutality on all sides are shocking and depressing, not only on the part of the Nazis towards their captives and slaves, but also on the part of Italians who at the end of the war let their anger erupt against the dictator Mussolini and others. There are many scenes of heroism and bravery as well, and the story of Lella makes it all very personal throughout. His own tragedies are particularly painful and sad as the war ends.

    This is an extraordinary life in all respects, not only his wartime accomplishments but his life afterwards which is recounted at the end of the novel. His encounters with various famous people throughout his life are fascinating.

    A very worthwhile story that author Mark Sullivan was lucky enough to learn of, then putting several years of research into piecing together as many of the details as he could. He presents it as a biographical / historical novel but inasmuch as it is based upon the true story of Pino Lella I take it as fundamentally a true story. Remarkable to read, both sad and inspiring.

    Photos attached (left to right):

    1. Father Re and Barbareschi
    2. Pino with author Mark Sullivan in 2006
    3. Pino on Lake Orta, looking north, 2006
    4. Pino at book signing in Stresa, Italy, June 15, 2017
    5. Pino at age 17

  • May 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm
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    559 of 599 people found the following review helpful
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    Sullivan’s Pinnacle of Storytelling, April 1, 2017
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    Damian Slattery (Brooklyn, NY) –

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    I’ve read nearly every word Mark Sullivan has ever published – so I can say with authority that this work, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, stands as the ultimate fusion of his Pulitzer-nominated journalistic skills and his mastery of the thriller genre, which he’s honed at the keyboard he sometimes shares with James Patterson. He takes us deep inside the love story of his discovery, the unknown hero, Pino Lella, and he crafts an epic tale set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Milan and the Italian Alps during World War II that is as intimate and tragic as it is thought-provoking and triumphant. Every page, every step crackles. Each twist, rooted in years of first-class reporting, shocks you anew. Through Sullivan’s gripping cast of characters, the unreality and brutality of war meets its match in the guts and wits and soul of Pino Lella, his family, his friends and cohorts. This heretofore untold story has been etched in my heart and mind with a telling that is equally cinematic and literary. With this, perhaps his masterwork, Sullivan has reached a pinnacle in storytelling – and readers everywhere, like me, will be better for living it through his words. Of course, it is Pino Lella we must also praise and thank – for what he did with his young life, his uncommon bravery, his story and letting Sullivan share it with us. I wish I could read it again for the first time.

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