More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger’s Daring Escape from the Nazis
by D.M. Annechino
History novels intrigue me and particularly WWII memoirs. There are many out there, but each book tells a new story, a different story. Even if two books are written on the same topic, they are never the same. Each person’s story and experience are unique.
Angelo J. DiMarco chooses to enlist in the U.S. Army voluntarily. He is hoping to gain approval from his father. He is trying to do the right thing. He feels it is his patriotic duty to go into the front fighting lines of the war.
Angelo J. DiMarco of Italian heritage is sent to Italy and quickly put through training as a Ranger to help stop the German invasion. What this Ranger goes through, how he survives will stun you. He is captured by the Germans with others in his unit. His escape, his will to live, how he assists fellow soldiers, his will to return home and all that occurs for this to happen-basically his story of survival, will keep you glued to the book wanting to read more.
You as the reader will learn about the Italian countryside, the history of some of the battles that occurred in Italy and about the good nature, the helpful nature of Italian citizen’s. How a Prisoner of War escapes and survives for a few years in Italy until he reunites with the U.S. Army and returns stateside. A lot happens in between his joining the Army and his return to the states-a few years’ worth of details which includes romance, but you need to read the book yourself and experience this particular soldier’s story yourself.
Definitely a book worth reading…
Book Title: More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger’s Daring Escape From the Nazis Author: D.M. Annechino Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages Genre: Historical Biography, WWII Publisher: CreateSpace Release date: April 2017 Tour dates: May 29 to June 16 2017 Content Rating: PG-13 (A few four-letter words and violence associated with war)
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. 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.
About the Author:
Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor, wrote his first book 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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