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Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Review
Beneath a scarlet sky by Mark Sullivan is a dramatized version of Pino Lella’s heroic contribution to World War II. Pino, along with several other heroic real-life characters, risked their lives to save the Jews and undermine Nazi efforts during the war.
The story begins with Pino, a young man of sixteen, who is sent to live with a priest in a children’s camp in northern Italy. His family believes it is the safest place for him. Father Re, the priest who runs the children’s camp, puts Pino to work immediately. Pino is told to go mountain climbing every day in all kinds of directions leading to the Swiss border. He later finds out why as he guides dozens of Jews to the neutral zone. Her parents tell her that she has to enlist in the Italian army. Somehow he gets a job as a driver for General Leyers. Using his position, he spies on the general for the Allies. Pino falls in love too, but it doesn’t end well.
My review: The story is a tremendous epic that is beautifully written and researched. I hope Hollywood makes a movie of it. I laughed, cried, and was captivated by the story when the author brought me to the Italian perspective on war. I received a small taste of what this tragedy must have been like. After the novel, the author summarized the lives of these unforgettable real characters. If you love World War II, then this is a must read. 5/5 stars
- Name: Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
- Writer: Mark Sullivan
- Categories: English Literature, English Novel, On Sell
- Paperback: 523 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing; Later Printing edition (May 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503943372
- ISBN-13: 978-1503943377
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Customer Reviews: – 31,806 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284