Title: Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Author: Mark Sullivan
Awards: #1 Amazon Charts Bestseller
Age Rating: 17+
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Series: Stand Alone
Other Books by this Author: The Purification Ceremony, Private Games, Triple Cross, Private Berlin
Positive Review: Sullivan did an excellent job portraying Pino, the main character. I fell in love with him. I experienced the same emotions he felt and sympathized with his friends. Pino was strong and ambitious, but he was also human, he experienced doubt and regret just like the rest of us and that made him all the more relatable. Sullivan's imagery better portrayed the setting to the audience. His use of diction appeals to the senses, such as sight, smell, and hearing. I found the plot easy to follow and really liked the flow of the story line. I always enjoy a good added romance, as long it doesn't take away from the overall narrative.
Negative Review: I didn't always agree with Pino's actions, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I found myself angry at the course of events and the horrible actions of some of the secondary characters, but an author's job is to inspire a reaction in their readers.
Overall Review: All Pino's actions and the events surrounding him seemed unrealistic, yet it was so well written, it was hard to not believe. I can't believe a tale this awesome could be so easily forgotten. I loved the language he used, his imagery and metaphors. I love Sullivan's writing style and will definitely be looking into his other books.
Summary: Based on a 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, falling for Anna along the way, a widow six years his senior.
Pino's parents convince him to enlist as a German soldier with the hopes that will keep him safe. After Pino is injured during an explosion, he becomes the personal driver for Adolf Hitler's left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers.
With the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino bares witness to countless horrors during the war. Anna provides the needed courage to keep him going as he fights in secret, risking his life everyday.
In World War II Italy, love was worth spying for.