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.
An excellent historical novel based on facts. Shows the horrible situations and sacrifices during wars.
Another great book similar to Kristin Hannah's "Nightingale"
Fabulous book! Well written, action packed and educational. Loved it.
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.
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.
IS THIS BOOK A HARDCOVER??
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.
Amazing true story. Reminded me of the Nightingale, but perhaps a little longer winded. While I savored every page, it may have been one page too many. Still, despite it being a fictional story, it was loaded with Italian WW2 history, much of which I was unaware of. Definitely worth your time.
I hate to give this anything less than 5 stars because this is such an important story to tell. I really enjoyed the first part of the book. I thought it was well written and well developed. However, at about the midway point, the writing became overly detailed and almost repetitious. I actually put it down at about 2/3 of the way through and don't plan on finishing it.
I enjoyed the quick pace of the novel and the vivid storytelling that took place in its first half. However, I feel this book fell short of all of the hype and that it is not worthy of the praise it has received. At least reading this book allowed me to check off "a novel based on a real person" from my #ReadHarder challenge list.
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