Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan

By Gillian Golborne


Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller, 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 man 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.


There are so many books covering the occupation of France, therefore it was interesting to read about the occupation of Italy.

Pino was indeed a hero who lost his teenage years to this war. Although the first part of the story was interesting, we felt the writer could have cut down on the detail behind how he helped people to escape over the border.

We all enjoyed the second half of the book dealing with the German occupation where we learnt what atrocities went on in the camps and to the civilians in Italy during this time.

We are not sure that it was very well written when compared to other books, for example, “All the Light we Cannot See” which I couldn’t put down. We found it too wordy but, we would still recommend you read this book.

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