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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Mar. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TARUFK
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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).
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite Puzo at his best. Lively but seems to wander about as if he is not sure where he is taking us.Published 9 months ago by David. Isaacs
I love mario Puzo, one summer read all his books
they are all amazing
Puzo started out with a cracker in The Godfather and dined out on that ever after. This one is no more than a pot boiler which keeps you turning the pages initially but soon gets... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gonetomorrow
This writer has what you would call a handle on all things about the old Italy, great stuff and film material.Published on 9 July 2014 by Viza
Good story telling from puzo. Worth reading, but it is very safe and wish he could have been more creative! He is a legend and the godfather proves itPublished on 10 May 2014 by Ben Bainbridge