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Posted February 2, 2014
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The Birth of an Assassin, a novel by Tony Bertot, is the story of how an innocent young boy grows up and ultimately becomes one of the most feared assassins in the USA. Sergio Gresco and his wife, Lucia, immigrated to the United States from Sicily in 1932, and opened a shop in Little Italy in Chicago. In 1942, the couple run a moderately successful business and get in trouble with the Italian mafia, who demands that they pay protection money. They have a young son, Theo, who roams around the neighborhood, clicking his camera at anyone who catches his fancy. The death of his father will transform Theo’s life and he will find himself in Sicily, at the age of 14, during the Second World War, with blood in his hands. He returns to America to seek revenge, but finds love instead. However, his violent past will catch up with him.
Tony Bertot’s The Birth of an Assassin is a story that happens during a violent time in the history of the world. From Italy to the United States of America, an Italian family is caught in the turmoil of the era when the Italian mafia is on the rise, the Second World War is a reality, and violence is a way of life. It chronicles the life of Theo from being an innocent child into becoming a cold-blooded assassin, due to circumstances out of his control. This novel is a prequel to the book, The Heart of an Assassin, and is part of the Assassin series. In a book full of doubts and deceptions, it is amazing how the author weaves together Theo’s story and the rise and fall of the Italian mafia families at that time. And it is a tribute to the author’s writing style that, as a reader, I find it easy to understand what drives this assassin to behave the way he does, in the merciless and violent world that he finds himself in.
Posted May 27, 2011
Posted December 30, 2010
THE BIRTH OF AN ASSASSIN by Tony Bertot is an action packed suspense set in Chicago and New York in the early 1940's. It spans decades from 1942-1964. It is well written with depth,details and is action packed. It has action, suspense, murder, betrayal, loss of innocence, cold blooded killer, revenge, vengeance, and the life of an assassin.It is a powerful story of innocence lost and the transformation from a young boy to a cold blooded assassin. This story is full of action, intrigue, suspense and will keep you turning the pages from beginning to end. You will remember the characters long after the story ends. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy a action packed read from beginning to end. This book was received for the purpose of review from Bostick Communications and the author and details can be found at Createspace and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 24, 2010
It only takes one moment to transform an individual, but Theo Gresco, the protagonist has been front and center in many of these moments. A childhood in shambles and innocence lost, Gresco lost faith in trust itself, spiraling down the staircase of crime and betrayal-the only thing he knew. This premise of The Birth of an Assassin, by Antonio Bertot, is enticing and captivating, hooking the reader right from the get-go. As the novel revolves around the world of crime, the rise of the Giordano and Costellino crime families is well documented. The Birth of an Assassin is set against the backdrop of two major U.S. cities-Chicago and New York-in the early 1940s, and spans nearly two decades, from 1942 to 1964. The story opens up in Little Italy, Chicago, with eight-year-old Theo Gresco prancing through town with his most cherished possession, his camera. With little Theo's innocence intact, the neighborhood is not only ravaged by its own war, but suffering the effects of WWII as well. No one is secure as neighbors loot stores, and even steal from each other. These are desperate times. In order to protect themselves, Theo's father, Sergio, and other shop owners decide to hire an armed guard, Davino, for protection. Unknown to Davino, the woman he falls in love with is hired by the Sabrisio crime family to seduce him, and thus, seal his fate, along with the fates of the neighborhood shop owners. Sergio's murder results in Theo's loss of innocence, transforming him into what he soon becomes-a cold-blooded, revenge-seeking assassin. Before this transformation is complete, however, Theo and his mother, Lucia, go back to Italy to stay with Angelina Gresco, Lucia's mother-in-law. There, his mother is murdered, leaving Theo an orphan. As Angelina and Fernando, Theo's grandparents, and Theo flee toward a school for protection, Theo joins a shorthanded American battalion and kills for the first time. He also gets a taste of revenge for the first time, killing Herr Kaiser, the man who murdered his mother. Ultimately, the moment that captures Theo's rise to an assassin is when he has just slain Herr Kaiser. His grandmother takes the rifle out of his hand, and tries to hold him close and provide that maternal warmth that a nine-year-old should receive. During their embrace, he reaches out for the rifle and clutches it tightly, the compelling image of the assassin's realization-a metamorphosis complete. The Birth of an Assassin is at once poignant and powerful; it will keep readers riveted to the last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2010
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Posted November 25, 2011
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