Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan2ish stars.
Based on the experiences of Pino Lella, an unsung WWII hero, the events at the heart of this book are incredible and inspiring. Sullivan, though obviously well-meaning, presents them here in what is more or less a bloated, commercialized, color-by-number hagiography.
Somehow present at just about as many significant events during WWII as one can be, Pino deftly overcomes every obstacle in his path. While - again - incredible and inspiring, theres not much in the way of tension or suspense, especially for a book styled as a WWII thriller. The pacing is inconsistent; some horrific, gut-wrenching events are bizarrely skimmed over, while other insignificant ones are unnecessarily drawn out. I suppose all of these things can be forgiven - there are only so many liberties one can take with (what we’re led to believe is) a (partially) fact-based story - but I could never get over the weak, awkward dialogue and amateurish prose.
Ultimately a worthy tale and a worthy effort to tell it. But while the story is incredible and inspiring, the book in which it gets told is only alright.
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. When his family home. 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. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
The following version of this book was used to create the guide: Sullivan, Mark. Beneath A Scarlet Sky. Lake Union Publishing, Pino Lella listens to the radio before meeting his friends and then Cardinal Schuster at the Duomo, then Pino tries to talk to passing girls with no success until he gets one called Anna to agree to go to the cinema with him. Later that evening before Pino and Mimo arrive but Anna has failed to show. Bombs start falling and they run home.
This remarkable story takes place in Milan, Italy, from June - May It is based on the true life events of Pino Lenna, a normal Italian teenager who is focused on girls, food, and music. But he wants nothing to do with the war. Pino meets the woman of his dreams, Anna just before Nazi bombs fall on Milan. He cannot get her out of his mind. As a result of the war, he is sent north to Casa Alpina, where under the direction of Father Re he leads Jews over the Alps into neutral Switzerland as they try to escape the Nazis. When Pino visits his parents, just before he turns 18, his father convinces him to join the German Army.