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  • The Last Green Valley

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  • Written by: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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The Last Green Valley

Written by: Mark Sullivan
Narrated by: Will Damron
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Publisher's Summary

“Mark Sullivan has done it again! The Last Green Valley is a compelling and inspiring story of heroism and courage in the dark days at the end of World War II.” --Kristin Hannah, number one New York Times best-selling author

From the author of the number one best seller Beneath a Scarlet Sky comes a new historical novel inspired by one family’s incredible story of daring, survival, and triumph.

In late March 1944, as Stalin’s forces push into Ukraine, young Emil and Adeline Martel must make a terrible decision: Do they wait for the Soviet bear’s intrusion and risk being sent to Siberia? Or do they reluctantly follow the wolves - murderous Nazi officers who have pledged to protect “pure-blood” Germans?

The Martels are one of many families of German heritage whose ancestors have farmed in Ukraine for more than a century. But after already living under Stalin’s horrifying regime, Emil and Adeline decide they must run in retreat from their land with the wolves they despise to escape the Soviets and go in search of freedom.

Caught between two warring forces and overcoming horrific trials to pursue their hope of immigrating to the West, the Martels’ story is a brutal, complex, and ultimately triumphant tale that illuminates the extraordinary power of love, faith, and one family’s incredible will to survive and see their dreams realized.

©2021 Mark Sullivan/Suspense Inc. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“Narrator Will Damron shows his vocal range in this work of historical fiction, set in Ukraine during WWII. The cast is large, giving Damron ample opportunity to use his expertise in differentiating characters.… He smoothly slips from the third-person narrator to a variety of voices and accents, making listeners feel present as the dramatic events unfold.” AudioFile Magazine

“After his triumphant novel Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan delivers another stunning tour de force. Based on interviews and careful research, The Last Green Valley is the novelization of an inspirational true story featuring human strength, faith, and endurance against all odds.” —Authorlink

“A simply riveting read from cover to cover, The Last Green Valley is a deftly crafted novel that showcases experienced author Mark Sullivan’s exceptional narrative storytelling skills combined with exceptional originality.” —Midwest Book Review

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Poorly written and honestly pretty offensive

The narration is great. The story, as in the true story told in the novel, is remarkable and more than worth knowing. But it really deserved something better than this. The writing is contrived and childish and overwrought. But also wildly disturbing? The story uses the Holocaust as a critical plot point, as well as for dramatic effect, but then also tries to use the events in the main characters’ lives to build a sort of “good things come to those who have a dream, keep the faith and work hard” moral, with only a couple truly awkward sentences that even attempt to address how that facile sense of the world can possibly be reconciled with the mass murder of millions, some of which happens right in the story itself. (Spoiler, apparently that slaughter may have been part of gods plan to toughen the survivors, or something). It’s obscene and bizarre.

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Meh

What could have been an amazing story of perseverance and struggle was undermined by the authors obvious political and religious biases.

Using tired tropes and knocking down strawmen at a rate that would make Hortio Alger blush, Sullivan never fails to hit every square on the "saw that coming" bingo card.

If there's a true victim in this story it's the real life protagonists who had their incredible story told with such mediocre writing.

Would recommend if you're the owner of multiple JetSki dealerships in Florida and love watching The History Channel, but have never read a history book.

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Fantastic

An absolutely brilliant and emotional story. I would highly recommend to anyone into historical novels!

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Amazing

Another amazing book by the author. Inspiring, beautiful, great professionalism and talent, captivating, teaching.

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HEARTFELT STORY OF SURVIVAL

l loved the spirit and courage of the protagonists who were also strong of character and kind. Well-written literature....

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Excellent

Loved this story. Through hardships we can see rainbows and strength!
Loved this read for sure

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Delightful

Was a historically true story of struggle and the horrors of war that were overcome by faith, Gods grace and the power of love. Well worth the listen

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Best book I’ve listened to. The narrator was excellent. A very accurate depiction of war and the brutality people suffered, really. At times it was hard to listen to cuz I just wanted something good to happen....will look for more books by this author.

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this is the story of many immigrants

I know my father struggled during the war as did my mother and aunt as they ran from the Russsians and the Nazis . They were ethnic Germans trying to survive . This story underlined how grateful I am for their courage and love.

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Absolutely riveting, potentially life altering

this book will make you a better person. I pledge to appreciate everything I have and all off the wonderful people I know and meet.

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  • 2021-06-02

Too Religious

If I’d wanted a bible lesson, I’d have asked. Also found it too fantastical. Couldn’t finish.

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  • john
  • 2021-10-01

Religious European nationalism disguised as historical fiction

I had thought story it was going to be a historical fiction with religion as a backdrop which is fine. But just be aware that definitely story about how European nationalism and religion opened opportunities because their heritage made them deserving of it. By the time the book ended was ready to gag from the entitlement of it all; won’t be listening to another one of his books. Needs to be labeled under religious fiction not historical fiction.

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  • Tara MacNeill
  • 2021-09-29

Way too much religion

While I enjoyed the story in this book, the constant hammering of religion became annoying. In the beginning, it was fine. But the last 4 hours was way over the top in my opinion. I almost couldn't finish the book for this reason. Would have been a much better book with about 80% less religion.

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  • Renee Macias
  • 2021-05-12

Beyond Worthwhile

I have read and/or to hundreds of books; this one stood out. I could not stop listening to this book! It will stay with me forever

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  • mcdrinnen
  • 2021-05-06

Amazing story!

This is an amazing book . It's based on true happenings. Read also Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

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  • mary
  • 2021-05-10

Unbearably sad

I read Beneath a Scarlet Sky and LOVED it, and this is as well-written, but i stopped reading in the middle—it was unbearably sad. Of course so many stories of World War 11 are, but Ii gave up on this one.

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  • Tamra
  • 2021-05-18

Simply unbelievable

Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the best book I’d ever read. I couldn’t imagine how the author could find another such breathtaking story.

But he did.

This true story of the Martel’s and their harrowing and unbelievable journey in WW2 makes you believe in love, determination and the power of the human spirit.

Listen now but be warned, you won’t be able to stop before learning of the fate of Amil and Adelina.

Another amazing book that reinforces my gratefulness in freedom and the power of love.

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  • nurse30
  • 2021-05-19

Superbly written!

This book will never leave me. The story is an incredible journey of determination, love, endurance, faith and hope. The narrator's voice is perfect as well. Thank you Mark Sullivan for writing the story of the Martels whom I will never forget.

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  • Kenneth Irwin Danner
  • 2021-05-20

Unbelievable True History

What an amazing story of the hardship and near death experiences this family went through!!! The author did such an amazing job telling the history and bringing it to life!!!

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  • Diana McConnell
  • 2021-05-18

Wanted to Finish It, But Didn't Want it to End!

Beneath the Scarlet Sky is one of my favorite books and I wasn't sure The Last Green Valley would live up to my expectations. It surpassed them! The story keeps you on the edge of your seat. The narration is excellent. I hope there will be another historical fiction book from Mark Sullivan in the works.

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