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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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this story is very well told.

I was very impressed with the way this story was told, and the amazing amount of truth in it.

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Incredible story

I found it hard to stop listening to this amazing story of love, faith and will to survive! I envy the author for having met the Martel family and spending time with these remarkable people.

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So so good!

I really enjoyed this book, the perseverance, endurance, faith and hope portrayed was inspirational. One of my new favourites

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a must read for all

what a wonderful book, it follows the life of a couple through being under Stalin to freedom. it goes through all the journeys and details of some of the struggles some of the immigrants endured.

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the last Green Valley

this was a true story, tremendous description of love, family,and shear determination to survive.Apart of the war I knew nothing about a very good book to listen too, and I loved the summary in the end.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Laurie N.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Teke
  • 2021-07-25

Must read!

if you enjoy historical fiction, do not miss this book! The audio version is superb!

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  • Melissa M. Neiers
  • 2021-06-16

A story to end all WWII tales.

I was completely amazed by their sheer will from beginning to end. These are simple people but like so many from that horrid war, will rise the a super human condition for freedom and love.

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