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The godfather's revenge /

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Other Authors: Puzo, Mario, 1920-1999.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Putnam, 2006
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The third, and final, installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family-one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema-achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president. It's impossible to overstate the influence of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which has become an essential part of our cultural lexicon. Puzo's novel about the secret world of organized crime became a megabestseller and an instant classic. The book inspired the Francis Ford Coppola films-unprecedented successes in their own right-and launched a national obsession with the Mafia that continues unabated today. In The Godfather's Revenge-again authorized by the Puzo Estate-Mark Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. A subordinate to Michael Corleone, New Orleans underboss Carlo Tramonti is publicly humiliated when the U.S. Attorney General-President Danny Shea's brother-has him arrested and deported to Colombia. Tramonti eventually returns, hell-bent on settling scores, and triggers a series of events destined to change the course of American history. Corleone, though haunted by the death of his brother Fredo, knows that this is no time for weakness-and so, with fearless consigliere Tom Hagen leading the way, a new path for the future is forged. As the dramatic twists of The Godfather's Revengetake the reader from Las Vegas to Miami to New Orleans, from the power alleys of Washington, D.C., to the remote jungles of Colombia, the puppet master behind the curtain remains Michael Corleone, the tortured prodigal son who is determined to redefine his family's legacy and make his father-the original Godfather-proud.

Review by Booklist Review

Winegardner continues to breathe new life into Mario Puzo's infamous Corleone family. Following the success of The Godfather Returns0 (2004), he reunites Puzo's immortal cast of characters in an all-new Cosa Nostra adventure. As world-weary Michael endeavors to remain in control of his tight-knit clan, he wrestles with a complexity of local and international issues and interests. Nick Gerasi, an old nemesis, resurfaces; a fellow don is kidnapped by government agents; the Kennedyesque president of the U.S and his attorney-general brother are attempting to exert their independence from the behind-the-scenes operators who orchestrated their rise to power; and Michael's dead brother, Fredo, keeps reappearing in the guise of a belated conscience. Chock-full of wise guys, babes, bitter rivalries, and dangerous liaisons of all sorts, this irresistible continuation will appeal to fans of the Godfather 0 books and movies as well as contemporary devotees of The Sopranos0 . --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2006 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In Winegardner's mediocre second sequel to Mario Puzo's classic (after 2004's bestselling The Godfather Returns), La Cosa Nostra gets involved in a plot in the early 1960s to assassinate a JFK-like U.S. president, Jimmy Shea. Instead of building on the fascinating characters Puzo created, such as Michael Corleone, the reluctant successor to his father's Mafia empire, Winegardner dwells on the machinations of Michael's main rival, Nick Geraci. When Geraci mysteriously disappears and eludes capture by the authorities, the reader learns in a jarring nod to Osama bin Laden that "the most powerful nation on earth had deployed skilled intelligence and law enforcement personnel to conduct a gigantic manhunt for a powerful and resourceful leader of a secret criminal society-a tall, imposing, bearded man with a chronic, withering disease-and somehow failed to find the cave where he was hiding." Godfather fans might prefer getting reacquainted with the original novel and the two better of the three films it inspired. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

When one of Michael Corleone's underlings is deported to Colombia by order of the attorney general (brother of the President), he sneaks back to retaliate-and ends up changing the course of U.S. politics. With a five-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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