Breaking from the Enemy
2019 FAPA President’s Award Winner – Adult Fiction – Historical (Silver)
The second book in J.R. Sharp’s WWII Enemy series, Breaking From the Enemy is based on a true story. Gino Cartelli is an Italian soldier forced to fight for the Nazis in 1940. He knows it is only a matter of time before he meets the same fate as his two brothers who died in battle. After witnessing atrocities against his fellow Italians, he learns to fight the Germans who have made Rome their headquarters. When Gino makes his move to escape the Gestapo, they trail him to the ancient city of Monte Cassino, where other Italian partisans, including a nun named Caroline Franco, take him through the ancient trails of the Latin Valley to escape his pursuers. Will they be able to get past the Nazi roadblocks, or will they be caught before they escape to the north to finally become free and reunited with their families?