Paperback: 524 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1 2017)
Soon to be a major television event from Pascal Pictures, starring Tom Holland.
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. 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 six years his senior.
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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Mark Sullivan has created a masterpiece with BENEATH A SCARLET SKY. This book tells the true story of Pina Lella, a young Italian man during World War II who joins the Nazi’s in an effort to spy and report back to the rebels.
Sullivan does a spectacular job of telling this true story like a fiction book, making it enjoyable to read without long passages of facts and text that most non-fiction books have. The character of Pino Lella is a true hero; something the reader can tell right from the beginning of his story.
This book has many climactic points within it – as any true story during WWII has, but I did find it didn’t have that one BIG climactic point. But it is important to remember, this is based on true events, so Sullivan was focused on telling Lella’s story as accurately as possible.
Pina Lella’s story is essential to add to your historical fiction reading list. The story of Italy during WWII is not as widely covered in literature as France, Russia and Poland are as Nazi invaded territories. And of course, Sullivan’s story telling skills in this novel are amazing, and Pino Lella’s story keeps the reading engrossed from the first page!
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review fro Thomas Allen & Sons *