Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Based on the 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, 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 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.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

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  • Bob
    Apr 13, 2017


    Be ready to hear an extraordinary, mostly untold, story about the Italian resistance in WWII. While I knew the battle for Italy was brutal and cost many lives, I was unaware of the underground railroad working to bring Jews and trapped allies to safety.Having been to Milan a couple of ...

  • Audrey
    Apr 13, 2017


    Yes, another WWII book. But really, there are so many perspectives on this war. An Italian view. Very well told and worth reading so we never forget. ...

  • A
    Apr 11, 2017


    Intense, Humanizing, Honor, BraveryThis book is hard to put down. A brave young man's life last 2 yrs of war in Italy! READ ...

  • Susann
    Apr 9, 2017


    What a great book. While author shares certain liberties were taken the story is based on a real person and it's obvious the author did in depth research. I enjoyed that it was set in Italy since most books seem to be set in France and Germany. Highly recommend if you enjoy historical ...

  • Linda Joyce
    Apr 9, 2017

    Linda Joyce

    Incredibly story☺A book I could not put down. It is hard to imagine living through any war firsthand and surviving emotionally. The expressions of faith in God are inspiring. ...

  • Jan McAdow
    Apr 9, 2017

    Jan McAdow

    Exciting and suspensefulThis story tells of the sacrifice, emotions, and human spirit it takes to live through very these events in history. Could not put it down. Well done! ...

  • Charles  van Buren
    Apr 6, 2017

    Charles van Buren

     A well written novel of heroism and faith in God., April 6, 2017Verified Purchase(What's this?)This review is from: Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel (Kindle Edition)Beneath a Scarlet Sky is a well written tale of WW2 espionage and the rescue of Italian Jews by the Catholic Chur...

  • Terri Lynn
    Apr 5, 2017

    Terri Lynn

    This was beautifully written. The events really happened but the author had to add conversations that the subject obviously could not remember decades later word for word. I liked seeing the Holocaust from the viewpoint of what happened in Italy. Most books include little if anything a...

  • Joy H.
    Apr 3, 2017

    Joy H.

    Added 4/3/17. (Expected publication: May 1st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing)In progress.As an Amazon Prime member, I got this Kindle book free as a "Kindle First" book. (The "Kindle First" program gives Kindle First members the opportunity to download one of six editors' picks a month b...

  • Mary
    Apr 2, 2017


    What an incredible story. I read this book in one weekend. I learned about a part of WWII previously unknown to me. I am grateful for both the author's and protagonist's openness. I cried real tears. Thank you for sharing this incredible story. ...