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Mark Winegardner
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6 Sep 2007

It is 1963 in New York, and things have never been better for the Corleones. They've taken out their Mafia rivals, and legitimised the Family. Outside the fortified building owned by Michael Corleone, newly undisputed Boss of Bosses, a parade of people - among them former mob rivals and an emissary from the Mayor of New York - wait to ask the great man for favours.

Only one thing remains to be done. Traitorous former Corleone capo Nick Geraci has powerful friends and far too much to say, and needs to be brought in. But then everything changes. As fireworks explode over First Avenue, news arrives that Jimmy Shea, President of the United States and an old friend of the Corleone's, has been assassinated...

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099499487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099499480
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Godfather: The Lost Years

He (Winegardner) has done an excellent job and, though he is standing on the shoulders of a giant, The Lost Years is ... an improvement on its model

" (Daily Telegraph)

"[The Godfather; The Lost Years] is not only a real book by a real writer. It's also a real pleasure, a fine, swirling epic - bitter, touching, funny and true ... Winegardner has not squandered his inheritance" (New York Times)

"The measure of his success is quickly apparent ... he brilliantly recreates the vivid, pungent prose style of Puzo's original" (Daily Express)

"Everything it should be. [Readers] probably won't be able to put this one down" (Entertainment Weekly)

"The story has achieved cult status with millions of fans who continue to read it" (Library Journal)

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The latest - and last - book in the Godfather series.

Mark Winegardner's first sequel to Mario Puzo's books, The Godfather:The Lost Years, has sold over 90,000 copies in Arrow.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover are interested in a well-written page-turner that -- like Winegardner's previous book, The Godfather Returns -- is driven mainly by its excellent character development. If, however, your interest is in a book that is filled with suspense and action, The Godfather's Revenge may not be for you. Winegardner not only strongly succeeds in taking the Corleone Family into the early '60s, he provides a very rich and well-developed characterization of two people that had a strong influence on the Corleone Family and its actions over the years -- Nick Geraci and Tom Hagen. Be aware that the focus of The Godfather's Revenge is on these characters; Michael Corleone, while always a powerful force in this series, is more of a secondary character. Most of the other characters from the past book are back in "Revenge" and Winegardner very effectively expands our understanding of them -- and particularly the female characters. Beyond the book's strength in the above areas, it -- in a somewhat quiet but powerful way -- weaves a fictionalized tale of some of the important historical events occurring in the time period in which this book takes place and of the Mafia's, and the Corleone's, role in influencing them (e.g., the presidential assassination, the Attorney General's (the president's brother's) "war" with the Mafia, the Bay of Pigs incident, etc.). Overall, The Godfather's Revenge is a book I'd highly recommend to those interested in the Godfather series and who enjoyed Winegardner's last book, as well as to anyone interested in a well-written book that succeeds on many levels. Once again, please be aware that The Godfather's Revenge is not the fastest "read" out there, but it is a highly satisfying book. I hope this review is helpful to you in deciding on whether or not to read The Godfather's Revenge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACES READING OF A CONTINUING SAGA 3 Jan 2007
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Who can forget the Corleone family? Whether first met between the pages of a book, in a darkened movie theater or on a smaller screen in your home, they were unlike any people most of us have known. Mario Puzo had introduced the world to the Mafia. Francis Ford Coppola brought gang members to all too vivid life on screen. For many (myself included) that would be enough.....and then I saw that this audio book was read by Joe Mantegna.

Tony award winner Mantegna, as many know, was the ultimate gangster on screen in "The Godfather: Part III" and "Bugsy." His voice is deep, resonant, and when he issues an order - you better hop to it. He never over-dramatizes, which would be easy to do in this fast-paced tale, but exercises such control that his narration is almost tight, if you will, rendering it compelling to the nth.

Winegardner (author of "The Godfather Returns") now mixes the Corleones with politics - a president and an attorney general (his brother) - think JFK. Michael Corleone has more than he can handle with Nick Geraci, once a devoted follower now a deadly rival, and one of his top men plotting to assassinate the president. There's the tie between the CIA and Mafia killers, and the reappearance of favorite characters - Johnny Fontane, the spineless crooner, and Tom Hagen, the Irish consigliere.

For this listener, one of Winegardner's most intriguing characters is Francesca Corleone Van Arsdale, Sonny's daughter, who is a chip (or chippy, if you will) off the old block.

The Corleone's never fail to amaze and entertain - thanks to a superb narration and an inventive story by Winegardner who writes with the approval of the Puzo estate.

- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the god fathers revenge 19 Nov 2012
By kenneth
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
a very good and exciting read by a fine auther ,i would recomemd this book to
any one who likes gangster reading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 27 Jun 2011
By Tom G
great book better than Godfather returns and it sends u straight into a fix. Also the packaging was good and the delivery was good
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Excellent story written as always in the style of Mario Puzo and helps bring together and close many of the strands of the previous books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for fans - better than the 3rd film anyway 21 April 2011
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I found it interesting to see more about the main characters but also to see some fringe characters better developed. It also does a nice job of filling those gaps in Michael's development without making him the be all and end all of the subject. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is really into the films and wants to extend the world a little bit more for a little bit longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can You Improve on Perfection?
As the title of this review suggests, that is what I asked when I first bought this book. And quite simply the answer is yes!!!! Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by Ms. Alla Connelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Un-put-down-able
Apart from a few odd points in the book where I felt that this wasn't quite a puzo original, which was to be expected because it isn't puzo, overall I enjoyed this book immensly... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2008 by Mrs. F. W. Sharpe
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless in the extreme.
I agree with the previous reviewer's general and specific points about this book. Like them, I had not read anything written by Mark Winegardner before wasting my time with "The... Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by PC-History
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're a Godfather fan do not buy this book......
I haven't read any of Winegardners previous Godfather books so I went in with a fresh perspective on this one and I had to write this review as I have just finished reading it and... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2008 by Mr. C. J. Booth
2.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Good Entry
This book in my opinion is better than the 'Lost Years.' It gives a deeper insight into the Corleone's and manages to capture Don Corleone's silent yet lethal power in the last few... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2006 by Don MKS
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing
THE GODFATHER'S REVENGE is Winegardner's second sequel to Mario Puzo's GODFATHER. Most of the original Corleone characters are present in this book but relatively less emphasis is... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2006 by Peter Kenney
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