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- 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.
A heck of a lot.
I should remember that a tsunami of five-star reviews, mitigated by some sizable waves of four-star pronouncements, by people I don't know and whose opinions I have no reason to trust usually equals disaster.
And I was right.
First I must figuratively scratch my head over the editorial laurels laid at the author's feet: all those degrees, all those eighteen other novels, collaborating with James Patterson, and so forth and so on. If these are indeed facts, then why is the writing in this novel on the level of a 10th grader's secret diary, with all the breadth and scope of a sophomore's vocabulary and passion for simple declarative sentences? I can honestly say that after 25 years of reading and grading essays written by my junior college history students, any one of them, even the most determined C student, could write rings around this plodding, repetitive, and ultimately boring mess.
And there is the whole Forrest Gump overlay: the Amazing, Wonderful, SuperHero Pino Lella pops up in one selfie after--yawn!--another with every conceivable hero, actress, tycoon, spy, villain, Nazi, partisan, actor, resistance leader, who may or may not have played a role in this wildly vacillating and ultimately unbelievable melodrama. The source of this inane hyperbole may be the faulty--or eminently cunning--memory of an 89-year-old who has outlived everyone who could dispute his claims so he can, at last, say whatever he chooses. That such an allegedly acclaimed writer swallows this fairy tale quite whole and spews it out in such stultifying prose is nothing short of amusing, and not in a good way. If you decide to slog your way through this Hot Mess, ask yourself every five pages or so if a 17-year-old boy could really ___________ [fill in the blank with whatever the author is shoveling up at the moment].
I found a far more realistic, rewarding, and heart-stopping story of saving Jews in WWII in the children's books, Belle et Sebastien, or the old movie with Gregory Peck, The Scarlet and the Black. The latter is set in and near Rome and the Vatican.
Finally, I note, for what it is worth, the fact that with his alleged writing prowess and publishing connections this writer managed to have this book put out as a freebie on Amazon by Lake Union Publishing, an Amazon operation. I wonder why, then, Penguin/Random House or HarperCollins didn't snap up this gem? Hmmmm.....
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII history, particularly in Italy, and anyone interested in reading about the incredible nobility of the human spirit in the face of horror.
The book was generally well-written and the claim that it was based upon the truth added a note of veracity to the events. WWII happened long ago and it was a huge, complex war. The characters, under that scenario, were fascinating and well-defined. The action was gripping. I would recommend this book to anyone searching for a war-related, action-adventure book.
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