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Publisher Comments:

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 Revenge take 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:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Some of us have been living with the 'Godfather' mythology for 37 years now. The late Mario Puzo's 1969 best-seller shocked the nation with its explosive mix of sex, violence and profound cynicism. As I remember it, Puzo really didn't know much about the Mafia but — urged to write a novel about it — had the genius to transform a bunch of semiliterate, ultra-violent thugs into men of honor, men of... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[A] worthy addition to the chronicle of la famigilia Corleone....Winegardner's deft plot-spinning is rivaled only by his sure grasp of Goodfella mise-en-scene....Bloody and bombastic — a top-notch addition to the saga." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Mark Winegardner is...pretty great, and The Godfather's Revenge...is everything it should be: nuanced, chilling, and threaded with intrigue....But this book's very existence feels terribly wrong. Why can't dead authors stay dead? (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Winegardner is like an expert restorer of a painting by an Old Master....[T]hrough his fine style, craft and attention to character, [he] sheds new light and adds greater depth to the familiar. What's more, Winegardner is a master plotter." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"Revenge's overdependence on mental ruminations, health issues and the characters' personal anxieties and dour natures makes it an offer you might want to refuse." USA Today

Synopsis:

The third and final installment in Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.

About the Author

Mark Winegardner is a celebrated novelist who was handpicked by Mario Puzo's estate to write The Godfather Returns, an instant New York Times bestseller. Winegardner's previous books, including the novels Crooked River Burning and The Veracruz Blues, have been chosen as among the best of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, the New York Public Library, and USA Today. He is a professor (and former director) at the creative writing program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399153846
Publisher:
Penguin Audio
Subject:
Criminals
Author:
Winegardner, Mark
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Organized crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.32x6.32x1.52 in. 1.55 lbs.
Age Level:
14

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Product details 496 pages Putnam Publishing Group - English 9780399153846 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] worthy addition to the chronicle of la famigilia Corleone....Winegardner's deft plot-spinning is rivaled only by his sure grasp of Goodfella mise-en-scene....Bloody and bombastic — a top-notch addition to the saga."
"Review" by , "Mark Winegardner is...pretty great, and The Godfather's Revenge...is everything it should be: nuanced, chilling, and threaded with intrigue....But this book's very existence feels terribly wrong. Why can't dead authors stay dead? (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "Winegardner is like an expert restorer of a painting by an Old Master....[T]hrough his fine style, craft and attention to character, [he] sheds new light and adds greater depth to the familiar. What's more, Winegardner is a master plotter."
"Review" by , "Revenge's overdependence on mental ruminations, health issues and the characters' personal anxieties and dour natures makes it an offer you might want to refuse."
"Synopsis" by , The third and final installment in Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.
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