He is More Than a Soldier + Giveaway

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.

My Review

If you are a fan of true stories or military stories, then, you are in for a special treat. Additionally, if you have never read anything from Mr. Annechino, you will be exposed to what a great prolific writer he is. I can guarantee after reading this book that you will want to read more books from this author.

First before I go on about this book, I want to thank Steve DiMarco for sharing his father's extraordinary story. I was going to say I can't imagine all of the emotions that Angelo must have been experiencing while in Germany but this would be a little lie. Mr. Annechino portrayed Angelo very well and wrote with such detail that it was like I could hear Angelo telling his story as I was reading it. No matter the odds, Angelo still kept fighting to escape, while, still holding hope that he would see his fellow comrades and friends again. With all of the moments in this book, there was one that did touch me the most. It was when Angelo was reunited with his family and his father hugged him with tears in his eyes. More Than a Soldier is more than just a book, it is a piece of history. It also reminds us of those that should not be forgotten.

Buy the Book: 
Praise for More Than a Soldier:

Annechino colorfully draws the actions scenes, and richly brings the supporting cast of characters to life. A moving tale of survival in war-torn Europe.
- Kirkus Reviews

Nuanced and eloquently written, More Than a Soldier adds to the body of WWII literature an extraordinary story of survival and a deeply affecting portrait of a soldier’s coming-of-age.
- The iRead Review

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.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


May 29 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / giveaway
May 30 - Gabriel's Wharf - review
May 30 - Books, Dreams, Life - review / giveaway
May 31 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
June 1   - Il Mio Tesoro - review
June 2   - NorthernMsw - review
June 5   - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
June 6   - Man of la Book - review / giveaway
June 6   - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
June 7   - What Cathy Read Next - review / giveaway
June 8   - Puddletown Reviews - review / giveaway
June 9   - Olio by Marilyn - review / giveaway
June 12 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
June 13 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
June 14 - Leels Loves Books - review
June 15 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / giveaway
June 16 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Unknown said…
Thank you, Cheryl for the awesome review of More Than a Soldier. I appreciate your time and efforts.

D.M. Annechino

Popular posts from this blog

Let's Get Buck Naked!

The Sullivans