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The Godfather Returns: The Saga of the Family Corleone

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

one of the greatest gangsta novels ever written

without reading this book i would not understand any of the other charecters in the godfather it gave great insight into charecter that i loved from the films this book was so addicting i read it in one sitting and in one day but i can not wait till mark writes the next...
without reading this book i would not understand any of the other charecters in the godfather it gave great insight into charecter that i loved from the films this book was so addicting i read it in one sitting and in one day but i can not wait till mark writes the next godfather novel i heard the next title of the 3rd book will be the godfathers revenge i praise you mark praise you for your talent as an author

posted by Anonymous on January 13, 2007

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, but not....

I am writing the same review for both "The Godfather Returns" & "The Godfather's Revenge", as I read the books back to back.

First, let me explain I am a "Godfather" fan, maybe even some level of "Super-Fan". Just seeing the Corelone's name on various pages kept me ...
I am writing the same review for both "The Godfather Returns" & "The Godfather's Revenge", as I read the books back to back.

First, let me explain I am a "Godfather" fan, maybe even some level of "Super-Fan". Just seeing the Corelone's name on various pages kept me interested.

Here's my problem (and recommendation)... SPOILERS ahead: This should not have been a "Godfather" series of novels, but instead a Nick Geraci story. If it were titled "Nick's Retern" & "Nick's Revenge", and limited the any focus of the Corleone family to only his direct interactions with Mr. Geraci, then I would say these was a pretty good story. Or, even a first-person narrative, allowing some level of perception and even delusion from Mr. Geraci's point of view.

Instead, in my humble opinion, the author create a pretty bad story of the Corelone family in between the events of the trilogy of movies. And, I am somewhat offended in the sense the author discredits all of the greatness of Michael Corleone and the major events of the second Godfather movie. For me, the scene with Kay telling Michael about the abortion in GFII is very powerful, but then we are told she lied about it and actually had a miscarriage. There are about a dozen other cases, such as Hyman Roth being a "pawn" instead of the mastermind in the events of GFII.

Again, somewhat offensive that someone was allowed to discredit the events of the movie and Puzo's original works. (Yes, I know this is fiction...)

Another disappointment is the lack of involving key players such as Vincent Mancini/Corelone, Frank Pentangeli, Joey Zasa, etc.

Finally, I also read "The Family Corleone" (I did a back-to-back-to-back on my Nook); many of the back stories are inconsistent with regards to Sonny & Tom's youth and a few other sections. Why wouldn't the powers-that-be (the Puzo or Coppola or who ever owns the rights) do a better job of coordinating these stories?

I do recommend the read for any Godfather fans, but I wish this was written as its own story. A great example of how this scenario had worked is "The Sicilian".

posted by 8912313 on June 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    one of the greatest gangsta novels ever written

    without reading this book i would not understand any of the other charecters in the godfather it gave great insight into charecter that i loved from the films this book was so addicting i read it in one sitting and in one day but i can not wait till mark writes the next godfather novel i heard the next title of the 3rd book will be the godfathers revenge i praise you mark praise you for your talent as an author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Solid Addition...

    Bought this when it first came out, only got around to reading it recently. Really enjoyed it, filled in holes from the original and the movies. Not as good as the original classic (what could be?) but a very solid addition to The Godfather collection...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    An Offer You Shouldn't Refuse!

    Can anybody really get enough of the Corleones? If you are a true 'Godfather' fan (love the movies, love the book by Mario Puzo) you absolutely must read this book. This book makes the movies make more sense and picks up where Puzo's book left off. If you are a politics/history buff, you will enjoy the story as played out because there are characters that are obviously modeled after the Kennedys, and of course there is much ado about Cuba and the situation there in the early '60s. Buy this book, you won't regret it. Read this book and you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Very Enjoyable Read

    Fills in a lot of blank spots. Fleshes out certain characters in a very believable fashion. Winegardner did a superb job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Readers miss the literary boat, hop on pulp scow...

    First off, this novel is well written, which may stick in the craw of your average Puzo reader... Secondly, this is a novel--not a movie. If you are comparing the movie versions to the novel, then you really don't understand how things work in hollywood. I am always stunned by people who mix genre in reviews--are you totally deranged? How do you compare literature to the spit out drivel of the movie versions? Ultimately, this may be too much within a literary vein for most fans of Puzo--Mr. Winegardner's only mistake was to write at a higher level than most people can understand. This is a great filler for those lost years in Puzo's novels, and sets us up (hopefully) for some more great returns in future novels. Don't believe the grade school reviews out there--this is a fine novel that may have been poorly marketed by the press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    What's with the 'one star' reviews?

    Did some of these people read the same book I did? Does Mark have some jealous competion out there? Is another Family unhappy about his revelations? Sounds like a genuine mob-action conspiracy to me! This was a great book, I couldn't put it down. It has a large list of well-drawn characters, most are of the wise-guy hit-man stripe, but there are a number of women too: family members, molls, etc. The dialogue is just what you'd expect, it has a genuine tough-guy reality to it, not to mention the gory 'business-related' activities. The 'twist' at the end leaves the possibility of a sequel---Mark, please consider this! I'm expecting a movie as well.

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