Beneath a Scarlet Sky Audiobook Summary
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, 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.
Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky Audiobook Reviews
Look, I read books. By today’s standards, I read a LOT of books. This book is top notch, first drawer, numero uno. It is a fictionalized story about a real-life experience. The story of Pino Lella, his friends and family and their survival and eventual participation during WWII in Italy. I have read MANY books about WWII; it was a field of study in college for me. I want to say this was the most human, the most heartfelt book about the subject I have read. The author made me feel the participant’s pain and heartbreak. Their fears and worriment. It was very well written. I did not want to put it down. I kept saying, “Well, it’s after midnight, but just one more chapter,” as my wife pleaded with me to turn out the light and come to bed. Pino starts off as a carefree teenager but ends up a saddened 18-year-old. At first, war has not treated Milan, Italy too harshly. But after the Italian army capitulates, a small band of Mussolini’s thugs take up an exile government after Mussolini is “sprung” from prison. Pino sees horrors of war, and his parents, fearing for his safety send him away to Casa Alpina. There, he helps the priest save people…mostly Jews…by getting them to safety in Switzerland. Then the Allies step up their assault on Italy. The Germans prepare to defend Italy, becoming more and more cruel to the Italian people by the day. As Pino approaches his 18th birthday, his parents (fearing mandatory conscription) insist he join the German “Organization Todt;” a company that builds things. He goes through training and is in the German army. Injured during an air raid, he is made a driver for the General in charge of Italy. His Uncle recruits him as a spy. No one may know, to keep him safe. For many months he spies. As luck would have it, the General’s maid is a woman he had met in Milan. They fall in love…but they are star-crossed lovers. War is a cruel and ugly thing. Pino’s life is changed forever by this war. He never completely recovers…like many victims of war. Some of the negative reviews are ludicrous. The author wrote this book after a period of personal hardship. Some reviewers had the gall to belittle his writing skills. Well, Mark is the writing partner of James Patterson…so I think that speaks for itself. Ignore those people…by doing so, you will reward yourself by reading a great story. I’ve read thousands of books. I’d put this in the top ten EASILY. Thank you, Mark. You have given your readers a part of your soul by writing this book.
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