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I found this book an enjoyable way to pass the time, but it really does not hold a candle to The Godfather. It is a story of brutal relentless revenge with a very cold, uncaring main character who just doesn't seem to have the charisma and charm of a Corleone and therefore I really just did not care about one jot. The plot itself is fast moving with a lot of action but seems to lack the intrigue and drama of mafia politics, being more revenge based.

Whilst it seems unfair to compare this work to The Godfather it is impossible to read and judge it any other way as it is always going to have to stand alongside it. However, it lacks the character and that epic feel to it which makes The Godfather such a special treat to read (or watch).
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Format: Paperback
The one thing this novel has going for it is that it is a fairly effortless read likely to keep you turning the pages, though maybe not compulsively. In other words "Omerta" would be undemanding company for a long journey, or perhaps a stay with relatives you don't much like, but otherwise there is little to recommend it.
The basic idea is intriguing enough (no spoiler alert, all this is explained very early in the novel): the adopted son of a true, old school Sicilian Don (who has retired from crime) is raised secretly in the old Mafia ways so as to be one day capable of defending the family. The twist here is that the Don's three grownup biological kids, although quite capable and successful in their respective chosen careers, are respectable upright citizens almost entirely ignorant of their dad's "business". Could've been a great story, but sadly plot and characters are shallow and unconvincing, and inter-relationships between the main players are especially weakly drawn.
If you're unfamiliar with Puzo's work, I suggest you read "The Godfather" first, perhaps followed by "The Last Don". If you've already read those then ther's no earthly need to bother with "Omerta", it's a disappointing last bow from a great storyteller.
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Format: Paperback
Upon reading this book i like any other Godfather fan had some severe reservations, how could Puzo even come close to his original masterpiece? Well the man is a true genius of writing on the mystic world of mafioso and he has managed to accomplish what i regard as an impossible task - a more interesting book than the Godfather. Before you all start to curse me though it is important for me to note that he takes heavily from previous work and it is quite clearly a Puzo gangster book rather than a new concept. Ultimately my belief is that the Godfather rules supreme, however Omerta is a quality read blighted only by the fact i thought it too short (it took me 3 hours to read it). I'd reccomend you go and buy it now if you have any interest in Puzo and his work.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very easy reading. family, revenge, violence, sex, it's all there. If you liked The Godfather this will be OK for you. Can't say more or I will give too much of the story away! I'm still reading and enjoying it.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2004
Format: Paperback
This novel of a current-day criminal family, the Apriles, spans the range between the old Sicilian model and the modern world of big money from high finance. Don Aprile correctly anticipates that the legitimate world will be more profitable and safer. To prepare, his children are launched into totally legitimate activities (the army, television, and law) from birth and protected from knowing about Don Aprile's activities. But as a favor to an old friend, Don Aprile has become the sponsor of a young man who he treats as a nephew and prepares to become a man of honor in the Sicilian tradition. All proceeds according to plan until three years after Don Aprile's retirement from crime when he struck down by assassins while leaving the confirmation of his grandchild.
Astorre Viola, the nephew, has promised to protect the Don's family and to keep the family's legitimate banking business from being sold. The plot that causes the Don's death is related to a rival faction wanting the banks to launder drug and other sources of illegal money.
The plot centers around Astorre's emergence as a leader of the vendetta, protector of the family, and as a man finding his purpose in life. To do so, he has to find the killers and unwind the hidden path to those who hired them. Aided by the Don's old friends to help run the bank and give him advice on the vendetta, he grows in stature and confidence. Having unraveled the mystery, he then sets the jackels at each other's throats in a fascinatingly Machiavellian way.
The characters are rich and complex. Although this is a novel about crime, Puzo inserted fascinating personal quirks in almost every character. Astorre finds himself irresistibly attracted to the Don's daughter as a teenager and is sent off to Sicily by the Don to separate them.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up Omerta while waiting for a delayed flight, not sure what to expect. The back cover is full of praise, but it's for the previous book (!).
This one tells a simple story about a Mafia heir who has been trained to look after the family and assets of a 'Don' after his death. There are interesting, if shallow, characters in abundance and the story is gripping enough to keep reading into the small hours.
The pace is fairly steady and the narrative very linear: you know who the culprits are fairly early on (so that's out of the way) and interest centres on how revenge will be exacted, rather than against whom. If it were a film script it would be described as: "good story but lousy editing". The reason for this is that Mr Puzzo may not have finished the book himself: the copyright is 2000, but he died in 1999.
Overall, this is not a great book. It does not have the epic qualities of the Godfather and certainly does not feel like part of a trilogy. Good for the beach this summer, but that's about it.
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