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The Godfather's revenge / Mark Winegardner.

By: Winegardner, Mark, 1961-.
Contributor(s): Puzo, Mario, 1920-1999.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : William Heinemann, 2006Description: 487 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780434015603 (hbk.) :; 0434015601 (hbk.) :; 043401561X; 0399153845 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Corleone family (Fictitious characters) -- Fiction | Mafia -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction | Presidents -- Assassination -- Fiction | Mafia -- Fiction | Organised crime -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813.54 Review: "In The Godfather's Revenge, the third and concluding novel in Mario Puzo's saga, Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. At its center:" "Michael Corleone, boss of America's most powerful crime family, is a haunted man - tormented by demons from his past even as he pursues the mantle of legitimacy." "Former caporegime Nick Geraci, Michael's onetime top earner, is a hunted man - sought with equal fervor by the Corleones, who want him dead, and the feds, whose designs are less clear." "U.S. Attorney General Daniel Brendan Shea, brother to the galvanizing young President James Shea, is an ambitious man - determined to forge a name for himself by toppling the kingpins of organized crime." "Carlo Tramonti is a vindictive man - the capo of the New Orleans syndicate, who will exact his revenge for a public humiliation, no matter the cost." "Tom Hagen is a trapped man, an Irish consigliere in an Italian world, charged with brokering a nearly impossible compromise to spare his organization the wrath of the government - and in so doing, putting himself in mortal peril."--BOOK JACKET.
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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. Michael Corleone and Tom Hagen - Vito Corleone’s adopted son, and the glue that holds the family together - are closer than they’ve ever been. Outside the fortified building owned by Michael, newly undisputed Boss of Bosses, a parade of people wait to ask the great man for favours. Among the visitors are former mob rivals, an emissary from the Mayor of New York, even faces from the past like Jonny Fontane; all come to pay homage. The Mafia Don walks the streets of his New York, beloved and protected. But one problem remains. Michael has sworn revenge upon the traitorous former Corleone capo, Nick Geraci. Up until now Geraci, who has powerful friends and far too much to say, has evaded him. And that night, as the fireworks begin to explode over First Avenue, comes the news that Jimmy Shea, President of the United States, has been assassinated. Was another mob family involved? Or did the Corleones have a hand in the killing of their old friend? The Godfather’s Revenge tells the riveting story of the final years of the Corleone's, bringing Mario Puzo's great saga to a conclusion.

Genealogical table and a cast of characters found inside front and back covers.

Sequel to: The godfather : the lost years (U.S. title: The godfather returns)

"In The Godfather's Revenge, the third and concluding novel in Mario Puzo's saga, Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. At its center:" "Michael Corleone, boss of America's most powerful crime family, is a haunted man - tormented by demons from his past even as he pursues the mantle of legitimacy." "Former caporegime Nick Geraci, Michael's onetime top earner, is a hunted man - sought with equal fervor by the Corleones, who want him dead, and the feds, whose designs are less clear." "U.S. Attorney General Daniel Brendan Shea, brother to the galvanizing young President James Shea, is an ambitious man - determined to forge a name for himself by toppling the kingpins of organized crime." "Carlo Tramonti is a vindictive man - the capo of the New Orleans syndicate, who will exact his revenge for a public humiliation, no matter the cost." "Tom Hagen is a trapped man, an Irish consigliere in an Italian world, charged with brokering a nearly impossible compromise to spare his organization the wrath of the government - and in so doing, putting himself in mortal peril."--BOOK JACKET.

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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.

Publishers 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

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

Kirkus Book Review

Faux Kennedy brothers, elaborate detailings of byzantine Cosa Nostra politics, steamy pulp-fiction prose, a hot murder mystery and a cartoonishly epic cast make this Godfather installment a worthy addition to the chronicle of la famigilia Corleone. They're baaaaack--dour Machiavellian Michael and long-suffering Connie, tight-lipped, anxiety-prone Irish consigliere Tom Hagen, even poor Michael-murdered Fredo, appearing now as a tuxedo-wearing ghost bearing a fishing rod and squeezing a naked dame. Winegardner (That's True of Everybody, 2002, etc.) breathlessly re-animates these archetypes even more effectively than he did in 2004's The Godfather Returns. Revenge pits Nick Gerasi, turncoat former Corleone caporegime emerging from exile in a bomb shelter beneath Lake Erie, against Michael in a mano-a-mano bloodfeud. Gerasi's an old-school gangster, miffed at the Godfather's efforts to go legit. And Michael has other hellhounds on his trail. There's Attorney General Danny Shea, kid brother of philandering Jimmy, the U.S. president Michael finagled into office by means of Hagen's chicanery and a charm offensive by Sinatra-like Corleone flunky Johnny Fontane. Danny's dream is to enter history as the Mob-slayer, and while Michael merely wants to neutralize the threat, rival crime boss Carlo Tramonti, Don of the Big Easy, aims at actually offing Jimmy. At a pasta-mad powwow for the head honchos of all the underworld's Five Families, Carlo advances the assassination plot, only to be interrupted as police crash in to nab Tom Hagen. Turns out his mistress, hard-case blonde bombshell Judy Buchanan, has been shot in the head and Hagen's soon held for questioning. Winegardner's deft plot-spinning is rivaled only by his sure grasp of Goodfella mise-en-sc'ne, the profanity-laced witticisms, the fashion fetishizing, the cool, long, dark '60s Chevy Biscaynes. Minor characters, from upstart Eddie Paradise to the musically monickered Ottilio Cuneo and Osvaldo Atobello, add varnish to inch-thick operatic mobster atmosphere. Bloody and bombastic--a top-notch addition to the saga. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.