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.