G865 more than a soldier; one army ranger's daring escape from the nazis

Title of the book: More than a soldier; one army ranger's daring escape from the Nazis

Author: D.M.Annechino

Publisher: Self published

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 9781544840956


Feeling a patriotic duty to defend his country after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, seventeen year old, Angelo J. DiMarco, enlists in the U.S. Army. Severely short of frontline fighters, the Army rushes Angelo through Ranger training and sends him to Italy as part of the 1st Ranger Battalion. Their objective: stop the German invasion.

Fighting on the front lines in Italy, the German’s teach Angelo a sobering lesson on life when they capture him during the bloody battle of Cisterna. The poor living conditions and ill-treatment in the German prison camps quickly convince Angelo he has to find a way out. Against insurmountable odds, Angelo miraculously escapes in a way that stretches the imagination. He survives behind enemy lines for over five months, hiding from the Germans and trying to outmaneuver them. He begs for food, sleeps in barns and suffers from many ailments, including dehydration, malnutrition, malaria and exposure to the elements.

More Than a Soldier is Angelo DiMarco’s powerful story of survival, resilience and courage.

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Meet the Author:

Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. He has written and published five novels—all thrillers. But his latest work, More Than a Soldier, is a Historical Biography set in Italy during WWII.

A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.

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Personal Opinion:

I feel a bit guilty that I didn't like the story as much as I hoped. I admired Angelo DiMarco from the book, his resourcefulness, loyalty to people, and being an intellectual. What also was impressive for me is how creative Angelo was when it comes to escaping the Nazis with his friends. I can tell that a lot of research went into detailing the days of Angelo and others. I also liked learning something unique when it came to Italy, Germany and WWII, especially the relationship between Italy and Germany because I always thought that the two were close allies. I think I would have liked to see more of Angelo's life after WWII, or perhaps if he has struggled with reconciling his Italian and Italian-American identities.  I feel that the pre-war Angelo is only given a superficial touch and I would have liked to know more about him before joining WWII.

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)


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