A masterful tale of a young boy’s courageous struggle to fight for his country during WWII.
Pino Lella doesn’t want anything to do with the war. He’s an average Italian teenager who loves music, food, and women. But he’s going to die soon. After his family home in Milan was destroyed by Allied bombs, he joined an underground railroad helping Jews to escape over the Alps, falling for Anna, a beautiful woman six years older than him.
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To protect him, his parents force him to join the army. They think that by doing so he won’t be able to fight in any war. After Pino is injured, his family moves to Rome where he becomes the personal driver for General Hans Leyers, a high ranking officer in the Third Reich. With the opportunity to spy for Allied forces inside the German High Command during World War II, Pino endures hellish conditions and the Nazi occupation by secretly working for them. His courage is bolstered by his love for his wife and their future together.
“Beneath a Scarlet Sky tells the true story of one young man‘s incredible courage and resilience through one of history’s creamiest hours.”
The Book Guide® Editor
It’s a good story and it’s easy to read. Their characters look real. Too often, historical figures come across as wooden or flat, as if the author doesn’t want to give them any depth or personality. You get the full range of emotions here, including fear, confusion, and hate.
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by The Book Guide® Editors4.6/5 Very good