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Alternative Godfather Sequel

Entertaining, inasmuch as it yields the opportunity to revisit some of the old favorites from the Godfather saga, and certainly better than the actual 3rd installment of the movie series.
It felt bogged down a bit at times, but usually was enjoyable, and the character...
Entertaining, inasmuch as it yields the opportunity to revisit some of the old favorites from the Godfather saga, and certainly better than the actual 3rd installment of the movie series.
It felt bogged down a bit at times, but usually was enjoyable, and the characters were nicely drawn. The historical references were nice, also.
Godfather snobs may be put off by the dream sequence early, as I kind of was. Still, I think it wuld be fun for people who enjoy books about the MAFIA, especially about the Corleones.

posted by Brad1236 on May 30, 2009

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Revenge as Only the Corleones Can Serve-Up!

The Godfather's Revenge is a fitting coda to Mario Puzo's classic world-view of America's crime families. In my humble opinion, Mark Winegardner has redeemed himself for the disappointing, "The Godfather Returns," by creating believable new characters and building upon ...
The Godfather's Revenge is a fitting coda to Mario Puzo's classic world-view of America's crime families. In my humble opinion, Mark Winegardner has redeemed himself for the disappointing, "The Godfather Returns," by creating believable new characters and building upon the lesser-knowns. The reader will discover: how Tom Hagen shed his mortal coil; how politics and crime really are one-in-the-same; and why Michael Corleone outlasted all his contemporaries. Unlike "Return," Winegardner is truer to the characters and themes that made Puzo's novel the ultimate crime saga. I can only hope that the Puzo Estate will commission yet another Winegardner-penned Godfather novel. The last 100 pages had my heart racing and the stunning conclusion does not disappoint. I'm only sorry it took me three years to finally purchase and read it!

posted by PaulPagano on September 20, 2010

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Alternative Godfather Sequel

    Entertaining, inasmuch as it yields the opportunity to revisit some of the old favorites from the Godfather saga, and certainly better than the actual 3rd installment of the movie series.
    It felt bogged down a bit at times, but usually was enjoyable, and the characters were nicely drawn. The historical references were nice, also.
    Godfather snobs may be put off by the dream sequence early, as I kind of was. Still, I think it wuld be fun for people who enjoy books about the MAFIA, especially about the Corleones.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    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 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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    'Revenge' was better, but Winegardner makes a great finale.

    Like I said, 'Revenge' was better, but Winegardner is very good at concluding a legendary saga. He ain't Mario Puzo, but he is outstanding, and I'm eager to see his future projects. Way to go, Mr. Winegardner. Keep up your good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    Once again, a well written book

    No, Mario Puzo he ain't, but Winegartner does a great job of story telling. He keeps his characters fresh and the story line intresting. If you are a 'mafia' buff, you will enjoy this book.

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    Posted April 14, 2009

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