Beneath A Scarlet Sky

Beneath A Scarlet Sky

A Novel

Book - 2017
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In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2017
ISBN: 9781503943377
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sul
Description: 513 pages ; 21 cm


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A coming of age novel that takes place during World War 2. Selection for September 5, 2019.

Selection for 1/22/2019 2018

In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.

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Jan 18, 2019

Extremely far fetched, and rather pedantic in writing style. Much too easy to skip page after page and still follow the story. I only finished the book because it's a book discussion group choice. I would have returned it to the library after about 70 pages or so were it not for wanting to be able to join the discussion

Jan 16, 2019

The personal story of Pino Lella about the last months of Nazi occupation, Fascist control and Allies intervention in WWII depicts a heroic and very human story of how Italians suffered and prevailed. The extraordinarily beautiful descriptions of the towns and countryside add to the connection to extremely human characters who try to live out their moral values and culture in a tumultuous time. It is a refreshing vision of WWII from the Italian perspective of ordinary family-oriented people who historically do not talk about the war and its effects but simply wanted to move on with their healing. A new look at the history of WWII.

Dec 21, 2018

Thought this was a very good WW2 narrative, hard to believe someone could survive all that Pino went through. I have read a lot about WW2 but not much about Italy and surprised at how many Jews survived thanks to resistance. Thought the part about leading refugees over the Alps was fascinating, amazing what people can do when they have to. Pino had such intuitive intelligence for such a young guy, he took on many challenges and was more than up to them. Inspiring, action packed and informational, highly recommend. i

Jul 21, 2018

It was a strong and amazing true story. However, in MY humble opinion (which disagrees with most of the comments), the author was weak and amateur.

Jun 26, 2018

An excellent historical novel based on facts. Shows the horrible situations and sacrifices during wars.

Another great book similar to Kristin Hannah's "Nightingale"

Jun 16, 2018

Fabulous book! Well written, action packed and educational. Loved it.

May 06, 2018

Just finished this powerful book. Definitely five stars! We seem to forget that the war did terrible things to many people and there are so many unsung heroes - one is Pino Lella. I am so glad that Mark Sullivan found the way to get this story into book form and bring to the fore these amazing young men and women. Italy hasn't been written about during the war as much as France and other European countries but they suffered greatly. Pino's two years were difficult ones and he spent them torn in so many ways. He was one man in a million. I even went on Google earth and followed many of the paths and places he passed through during his two years. It always brings a story closer to me when I can visualize where the person is and in this book, by virtue of the fact that it is biographical in essence, it was truly amazing to recognize the depth of Pino's knowledge of the mountains and the valleys. I am not the best at writing comments - but I do know this book was gripping and I could not put it down. Thank you Mark Sullivan for bringing this amazing story to light.

May 04, 2018

I tried to give the book four stars, but it wouldn't allow me. Super book! I keep thinking I don't want to read one more book about WWII, but then this came along. I hadn't read about the war in Italy. My grandparents came from Ivrea, near Milan, where most of the action takes place. The hero is truly heroic and may still be alive! The author made the Alps so clear, I almost felt as though I was there, escaping with the Jews with the help of Pino Lella.

Apr 30, 2018


Apr 04, 2018

I thought it was wonderful enough to turn around and buy it. I love that this real life hero's story has been told. To the reviewers who called this far-fetched and girl crazy, I don't think they really read the book.

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