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!Read Book µ Beneath a Scarlet Sky ô 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. Although I read it quickly, Beneath a Scarlet Sky did not live up to the beauty of its cover This was recommended to me so that s mostly why I finished it I should not have read my Goodreads friends reviews because they were very critical One reason they were, which I think is the most damning is that although it s purported to be the true life story of Pino Lella, a hero of WW 2, there is little supporting evidence for his story and some of the incidents the author reports seem unlikely to have all happened to the same person, let alone a teenage boy Pino, the boy, is at seventeen, a skilled, racecar driver, a competent auto mechanic, a translator, understanding French and German, along with his Italian, well enough to be a secretary for a high ranking German general , he is a mountaineer, safely guiding many refugees over the Alps, a master pianist, able to take up playing brilliantly without practice, and even though a virgin is also a wondrous lover first time out. 2ish 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 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, there s 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.Posted in Mr Philip s Library
2 1 2 stars This was nowhere near as engaging as I would expect from a book that has a 4.4 average rating over 48,000 readers.The strength of Beneath a Scarlet Sky comes from it s exploration of the Italian experience under Mussolini during the Second World War I know almost nothing about what happened here, despite having read A LOT of books and memoirs set during this time I ve read countless tales about the Germans, Polish, the British and the Americans, so it was extremely refreshing to get a new perspective.Also, Sullivan interviewed the real Pino Lella the protagonist of this book and based much of the story on his tales and memories It is a fictionalized, much embellished true story, which makes it even effective to many, I m sure That being said, the writing really does leave something to be desired Writing style is not something I comment on too often, but it was obvious to me as soon as I began reading that at the very least Beneath a Scarlet Sky could have done with some extra rounds of heavy editing.And I know that the author s starting disclaimer is basically a cute way of saying Look, some parts are absolute bullshit that I made up to make the story interesting but my suspension of disbelief was strained a bit when Pino s life becomes something of a superhero tale Dramatic event after dramatic event unfolds, and I feel that if a young guy really did do half the things Pino Lella apparently did then he would be as famous as Harry Potter Not the long forgotten star of a semi biographical novel.The history is interesting The story is, on occasion, compelling But true, semi true, maybe true Yeah, I m not convinced.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube I know I ve been gone, but I m back now so don t worry I ll be clogging your feeds with my garbage reviews again now I already started reading my next book.A semi biographical story about an Italian teenager Pino Lella who is sent to a convent after Allied forces airstrike destroys his home in Milan At the convent he helps the priest smuggle out Jews to Switzerland who have come there for help He meets and falls in love with Anna, an older widow Eventually he is called home and made to join the army for protection Eventually he uses his position in the army as a driver to one of the most powerful German generals to spy for the Allies There are so many positive reviews for this book but I honestly hated it It was difficult for me to finish this book I have been busy and not had as much time to read but at the same time this book was part of the reason I haven t read anything in weeks because it was just so boring that I didn t even feel like reading really, it felt like torture reading it I don t think it was the story itself that was the problem but the execution It was painfully boring and the author just kept telling and not showing us anything or illustrating things for us There was no suspense built up and I felt zero attachment to any of the characters, even though they re real people This has to be one of the hardest books I ve forced myself to finish reading just because it felt like there was so much unnecessary detail included and because everything was just told out without really a narrative or story line to help build up my interest Thank god I m done with it.