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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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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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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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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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Amazing story!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-21

Another great story based on true events …

I have just finished ‘The Last Green Valley’ by Mark Sullivan. As a huge fan of ‘Beneath a scarlet sky’ it was on my initial thoughts perhaps a little bit of a let down. However I learnt a lot (I had no idea of the plight of the Ukrainians and other similar nations destroyed by Stalin through famine and fighting) .. but it was just a tad long and drawn out without the total immersion I had in Mark Sullivan’s previous book. Indeed it was even a little ‘theological’ …
That being said by the time I got to the end of the book the whole synopsis made me understand more what the book was actually about and why it was written in such a way .. without any big spoilers one of the main influences in the book has a religious experience whilst in the midst of a horrific battle. His experience is related to the main character who is a non believer. The story is one of strength and courage in absolutely devastating times and the main character and his/her families struggle from famine and fighting to freedom in the west and the protracted traumatizing journey to try and achieve their ambitions.

If you like historical WW2 based literature this is another story by Mark Sullivan based on true life experiences and is well worth a read or listen. I think the great ‘afterword’ really made the whole story very thought provoking and a revelation.

Did not rate as highly as Beneath a Scarlet Sky as the main characters were maybe not quite as engaging but still a book which will rank in my top 5 this year

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  • Mrs S W of Dumfries
  • 09-12-21

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This is one of the most beautiful written and spoken books I have ever read. Whilst it is full of suffering it is equally full of faith, love and endurance. It gave me a very different look on my own faith even though mine has never been tested in such a way. I thank the author a great deal for bringing this story about and I am blessed that I found it. I highly recommend it to all.

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  • 05-12-21

An amazing inspirational story

I didn't think it would be possible for another Beneath A Scarlett Sky and it's not comparable but without doubt Mark Sullivan is a great novelist of our time He waited for years searching for the right story and his research into every details is just phenomenal A great novel Narrated brilliantly

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  • david dodson (purple triangle ltd)
  • 11-27-21

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

WOW, I have over 1000 audible books in my library and this book ranks in the top five. It is beautifully written and although very sad in parts it is written with so much compassion it makes it bearable to read. I cannot believe this all happened to many people, in particular to this families story. The courage and strength but also the moral convictions that they stood by against such oppression leaves me in complete awe of this and many other families that have lived through war. I think every single human being on this planet should read this book. The narrator did an outstanding job as well so well done to him. please please read this book I guarantee you will love it.

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  • Irit
  • 10-09-21

exceptional!

one more great story by Mark Sullivan.
based on historical facts, it describes very vividly that horrible times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-21

Great story.

One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. The story stays with you.