- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 1, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XSSFK6D
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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When reading the first portion, I was wondering if (and how) this intense pace would continue. The climbing scenes through the mountains gave me a real shot of adrenaline. I felt as though I was one of the climbers and not a reader. This is also when the echoes of 'Nessun Dorma' were played with such passion. For me, this is one of the underlying themes in the story - 'none shall sleep'. And, Pino Lello has taken that to heart for the remainder of this story.
The action intensified throughout the remainder of the book, and one is allowed a rare glimpse into the mind of Il Duce - Benito Mussolini - plus the inner workings of the German High Command. Becoming a driver for Major General Hans Leyer allows Pino access to a man that is two steps from the Fuhrer. Pino Lello witnesses atrocities he wishes he could forget but keeps soldiering on...wisely...
Just a gripping and harrowing Kindle First selection which I feel is the best one I have read. Full of action and suspense which will keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration.
Most highly recommended.
Please note that this is my Kindle First selection for April 2017.
How many of us "baby boomers" have read, seen movies, &/or heard story upon story of World War II? Personally, at one point recently I decided to "take a long break" from war stories. So, why did I give "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" five stars?
Author Mark Sullivan writes a war story from a unique perspective: a seventeen year old Italian boy who gets pushed into service by his mama!
Granted, this novel has the "usual" war scenes and occurrences, and I do not write that flippantly. Sullivan is descriptive, but not ruthlessly graphic. We follow our protagonist, and always are treated to twists, turns, bombs, machine gun fire, dark alleys, and espionage; to snow-covered mountains, spires of churches, spring flowers, lakes, cemeteries, and, of course, to Italian citizens, love, music, wine, laughter and tears.
This novel is exciting and suspensful. Because of the Italian 'boy' who becomes a man earlier than some, I found myself totally immersed in the story; it is, almost entirely, difficult to put down!
This is a good book, well researched and written. And a big 'plus' are the final pages from Mark Sullivan that relate facts surrounding some of the characters in the book. Talk about "twists!"
I am so grateful that a few of these old war heroes are finally coming forward to tell their experiences before they have all gone to the grave. As difficult as they are to express, these stories need to be told for posterity.
Thank you, Mr. Sullivan, for your efforts to bring the tale of Pino Lella to light, that more may know of our unsung heroes forged in the hell of war.