Beneath the Scarlet Sky: Review



“Faith is a strange creature,” Schuster said. “Like a falcon that nests year after year in the same place, but then flies away, sometimes for years, only to return again, stronger than ever.”

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.


I absolutely loved this book, the intensity was on high throughout the whole thing. I didn’t feel like it was sugar-coated at all, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted the rawness and brutality to be there so it was captured how it happened. For being historical FICTION I think it was very well portrayed. This was exactly what I needed to pull me out of my slump. This book should be read by everyone. It was fantastic. Every element was so detailed and in depth so you got to understand it easily. 

Below are some questions I was asked about this book. Enjoy!

1. I chose this book because: it showcases the brutality of World War 2 and the Holocaust.

2. The book was about the Resistance and is based on a forgotten hero. A young Italian boy who took part in dangerous acts to help the Jews escape. He all started by helping Jews track across the mountains. His parents later force him to enlist in the German OT, when he got injured he was sent home. Hitler’s left hand of Italy needs a personal driver and Pino Lella accepted. He became a spy inside of everything, translating for Mussolini, seeing the insensitivity and severe attacks upon Jews and anyone who was a part of the resistance. This was a story of love, loss, heartache, and the vile world. An inside look at how the Nazi’s and the Resistance ran. 

3. Why were you interested in this topic in the first place? The Holocaust has always interested me. How intelligent and ruthless Hitler was, is mind-blowing. It’s always been a topic that has been mysterious and I constantly want to know more about it. 

4. Are you interested in reading more about this topic? Why or why not? Absolutely. I have read several World War 2 / Holocaust based novels and I still have the drive to read more. I want to soak in as much information as I possibly can. The whole situation interests me. 

5. What is the author’s main point in this book? Why do you think that is the main point? 
The authors main point was to capture not only the inhumane things that were done but also how others were affected, including some of the Nazis as well as the resistance and family of the murdered. I think this is the main point because it’s important to show that rawness and bring the reader into the time period. 

6. Now that you have read the book, provide a direct quote from the text that you feel best represents the author’s intent in writing this book. 
“We never know what will happen next, what we will see, and what important person will come into our life, or what important person we will lose. Life is change, constant change, and unless we are lucky enough to find comedy in it, change is nearly always a drama, if not a tragedy. But after everything, and even when the skies turn scarlet and threatening, I still believe that if we are lucky enough to be alive, we must give thanks for the miracle of every moment of every day, no matter how flawed.” 

I chose this excerpt because it’s after the tragedy and loss you see the heartache but also the new beginning. These people had to rebuild their lives after all of this trauma and cruel time. 

7. Did this book change how you thought about this subject? If so, how? Why? 
Definitely, because you see almost point of view of a Nazi and you see how it was affecting them when they were directly doing Hitler’s dirty work. It makes you wonder how many Nazi’s did the terrible things to save their own lives and how corrupt they became because they were almost forced into doing such violent things. 


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