Pilgrims of War

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Beautiful Italian doctor Magdalena Russo is headed to a medical conference when the ship she’s traveling on is seized at the Panama Canal. World War II is raging, and the passengers aboard the Italian ship are deemed a threat to the United States. Magdalena and the other passengers are sent to Ellis Island where they are interrogated and detained. During her forced stay in America, she lends a han More

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About Carl A. Veno

Award winning author Carl A. Veno has written extensively over the last twenty-five years. His works included the book, Invisible Ink, a personal look at the newsroom and a 125 year span of his heritage, and The Camorra Hunter, the story of one family's attempt at stopping this global Goliath, this billion-dollar crime empire. He has also written a screenplay, Little Chicago.

He has written a wide scope of articles for magazines, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing on secret government meeting while working for a newspaper in Bucks County, PA. Carl was an Army paratrooper with the 11th airborne at Fort Campbell, KY and attended St. Bonaventure University.

He has worked as a journalist and an editor for The Orlando Sentinel, Yonkers Herald Statesman, Mount Vernon Argus, Bergen Record, New York Daily News, The Hudson Dispatch, The Newark News, and The Free Press of Quakertown.

He is married to Linda, an attorney, and has two children by a previous marriage, Carla and Anne.

Mr. Veno, who enjoys jogging and biking, lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Review by: IndyBookDiva on March 25, 2015 :
Pilgrims of War - Illuminating a dark part of American history

Carl A. Vino’s “Pilgrims of War: A Love Story” is a masterfully crafted piece of historical fiction. In a genre flooded with WWII era stories, “Pilgrims” delves into the dark history of the United States internment camps. While the Americans are fighting the Nazi terrors in Europe, the government is rounding up citizens of foreign descent, depriving them of their liberty and imprisoning them in internment camps and detainment centers - the most ironic of which, located on Ellis Island.

It is against this backdrop that Vino introduces us to Dr. Magdalena Russo, an Italian doctor, is on her way to a medical conference in Brazil when her life changed dramatically. The vessel is boarded while in Atlantic waters by the U.S. Navy. Under the American Espionage Act, Dr. Russo and the other passengers are informed they will be detained, suspected of potential espionage against the United States government. The passengers are transported to Ellis Island.

Dr. Russo corresponds with her husband, Raphael, an Italian professor and her teenage daughter Andrea about her experience in the U.S. As she eventually gains the trust of the guards, Magdalena is allowed to practice medicine and to receive information from her family. In Italy, the political situation shifts and Raphael becomes a threat to the government and is arrested. Andrea falls in love with a German soldier and is exposed to the Nazi Aryan purity dogma.

Magdalena is deeply grieved by the turn of events facing her family in Europe; but her own situation changes when she is transferred to Fort Missoula in Missouri. There she continues her work as a doctor, impartially tending to the wounded until she is able to return to Europe as part of a prisoner exchange program on a personal mission to reunite with her family.

Dr. Russo is a principled and strong family woman. Italian Captain Francis Mazini is immediately drawn to her. Dr. Russo’s love for her family and loyalty to her husband keeps her faithful despite feelings of loneliness and attraction. She is a highly engaging and well-developed heroine. She is easily admired for her principles, integrity and devotion.

Vino does a stellar job of bringing this part of history to life. His own personal military experience and his journalistic style blend together beautifully to make this story leap from the pages.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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