Book Reviews

"This is a really enjoyable book to read, the atmosphere and places described come alive and every scene can be envisaged in your mind.  I am really looking forward to the following books in the series to find out what happens to Nino and what further adventures he had."
 -Beck Valley Books

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I can’t even imagine what Nino must have gone through or witnessed during that time in his life, but this book really brings to life the struggles he must have endured. I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series!"
  - Couponer 101

"...Nino's daughter Susan Violante has written a heartwarming story of his taped memoirs that will give the reader a unique perspective on the horrors of World War II  in Italy and which gave her a deeper understanding of herself and her family."
 - The Italian Tribune

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"Violante has written a novel that is both epic in scale and yet intimate and even quaint thanks to her choice to write in her father's child voice. We see a mix of cultures, Italians, Arabs, and Jews together suffering the ravages of war, of violence and death, that ironically propels them to heights of humanity, reaffirming attributes of life through love and sacrifice. 'Innocent War' is a resonating novel that transports readers to a place and time uniquely tied to Italy. It is a great book for Italian  Americans to read as it stands as a tribute, not just to Violante's father, but to all children of war.
" - Primo Magazine

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“Violante’s retelling of Nino’s incredible life grips the reader from the first page…It’s a wonderful book!”- Penny Warner Author of Dead Body Language, among many others.


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Susan Violante delivers an accurate historical account of Italy’s involvement in WWII. Her writing is creative. Her characters are authentic, warm, and three dimensional. “Innocent War” adds intense drama and the adventure of fiction providing a unique point of view within the context of important era of world history. Susan’s writing is compelling, entertaining, and informative. She weaves a pointed message of patriotism, perseverance, integrity, and an awakening as well as a heartwarming glimpse into humanity at its worst and at its best. - Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (4/11)


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"Loved the heart felt very personal account of a well-known event that brings so much meaning to the historical context. It is an important, but often forgotten part of the War. The story, told through the eyes of a coming of age Italian boy, is incredibly easy to read. The story flows through the pages as you recount the horrors faced by the civilians on a side long forgotten. This book helps fill the many gaps in fully understanding the impact of World War II". – Anna Morrison, High School History teacher at SMCA – Austin, TX

 

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“It was fun to try and place my-self in Nino’s shoes and see how I would react if faced with his same choices. I would recommend “Innocent War” by Susan Violante to people who like adventure and non-fiction. This was a true story and it was interesting to see what Nino had to live through. It was a fun read, and I will recommend it to my friends who are interested in history.”- Ben Weldon (age 12) for Reader Views (11/10).

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 "For the past two days I have been engrossed in Innocent War by Susan Violante. This is one of those books that stays with you. It is one that I will pick up again and again." - Maria's Space

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"I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to Violante's future books." -
Sweeps4bloggers

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"...Fascinating and compelling. I read it in a couple of hours...I learned a great deal about the history of the time, from a perspective most Americans don't ever hear. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can easily recommend it..." - Holly's Review


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" I cried along with Nino and laughed at his antics. This is  a touching book on so many levels." - Brain Foggles Review


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"This is such a compelling story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Throughout this quick read, I learned a lot about the history of this time period and found it hard to stop reading. We highly recommend this great read and look forward to reading the rest of Nino's story in the future books." -
All Because Two People Fell in Love - Stacey Moore

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As a reader I was able to see the war from the other side's point of view. It's strange to read about "you" being the enemy, but very fascinating...I would most definitely recommend this book. I was hooked from the start!" - Red Sox Mommy



 
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"As a grandfather living in Florida, Nino dictated his memories onto cassette for his daughter, Susan Violante.  Violante wanted to put his stories in writing as legacy to his grandchildren.  Calling this a fictional series based on a true life experience, I gather she took some artistic liberties in order to bring this story to life and she does an excellent job." - Sonia Reppe Of Bookpleasures.com



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