More Than a Soldier by D.M. Annechino {Book Review}

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Based on a true story, More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger's Daring Escape From the Nazis by DM AnnechinoTitle: More Than a Soldier: One Army Ranger's Daring Escape From the Nazis
Pages: 316

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.

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Wow. I have so much to say, but nothing to say. This was an amazing read.

I am not well versed in history. It is too dark and depressing and angering, and this book was all of that.

It was an emotional rollercoaster that had me feeling fear, and sadness, and loss, and confusion, and love, and… just so many emotions. There were times that I was fighting back tears.

This is not a light read and not for the faint of heart. It can be triggering if you have a mental illness, PTSD, or may have experience with war.

I will say, however, that this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down – I didn’t want to put it down.

If you enjoying reading about history and the personal experiences, you will feel like you are right by Angelo’s side during all that he endured.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will be holding on to it to read again in the future.

About the Author
DM AnnechinoDaniel 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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