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Monday, March 12, 2012

Book Review - Innocent War by Susan Violante

Book Review
Innocent War - Behind An Immigrant's Past Series, Book 1
by Susan Violante

About the Author
Susan Violante (author) on Susan Violante was born and raised in Venezuela from Immigrant parents. She came to the US after obtaining a BA in Political Science, and Business Administration. Although she built a career as a Business Analyst/Accountant, she also kept herself active as a freelance writer since 1996 publishing little stories, articles and even Illustrations.  Susan published her first book in April, 2009 Innocent War which obtained Hollywood Book Festival 2009 Honorable Mention, and made #16 in Cyrus Webb’s Conversations Book Club Top 50 Non-Fiction Titles for 2009.

This year Violante finally retired from Accounting and leaped to the publishing Industry; she currently works as the Editorial Assistant for Reader Views and First Chapter Plus, while dedicating the remainder of her time to her own writing.

Book Description
Based on the taped memoirs Susan Violante received from Nino, her father, Innocent War is a boy's adventure showing a child's point of view through the wars hardships, dangers, and tragedies, combined with his own humor, innocence, and awakening as he grows up. Join Susan as she gets to know her father, and finds herself within the family she thought she knew.

Our Book Review
Imagine been close to your father and mother and not really knowing what life they had endured.  Then one day your father gives you some tapes that have recorded his life, what an eye opener and this is what happened to the author.

The story begins in Tripoli in 1940 and war has just been declared, being Italian nationals it is not long before 'Papa' is called up to serve his country.  This leads to 'Mama',  Nino AND Gino left behind to fend for themselves.  As the bombings arrive in Tripoli 'Mama' makes the decision to move and try and find 'Papa' taking the family on an adventure........Once reunited with 'Papa' the family are settled until the German's arrive and force them to be moved to Sicily where they stayed until the end of the war.

The facts and events which are described and related by the young Nino are fantastic.  Having to step up to be the man of the house when his dad is called up, the antics and capers he has to endure in order to help his mother and sister survive are remarkable.  Even though the whole world is at war, he is oblivious to this and sees his life as an adventure.

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.  The author has even produced products relating to the book.

Our Rating


  1. Sounds like a great book! Stopped by your store page and then came over here to leave the comment for the Alexa drop hop! Thanks!

  2. Wow! What an interesting way to tell a tale. Looks like it would be a very interesting and noving story. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds intriguing, I love stories with twists and turns.

  4. Dropping by from Alexa Blog hop to say Hi!

    Rita @ Rockin Rebel Deals

  5. Stopping by via the Stumbleu my links thread in the KarmaBloggers group. Your review was very well written, has be very interested in the book.

    I am having a giveaway at my blog

  6. How intriguing and I love she has products made as well.


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