NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence and of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather.
New York, 1933: The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
Based on an unpublished Mario Puzo screenplay, Falco s solid Godfather prequel fills in the backstory of the iconic New York City Mafia family over a two-year period. In 1933, 17-year-old Sonny Corleone struggles to come to terms with the truth about how his father, Vito, makes a living. At first, the narrative dwells on the brutal thug Luca Brasi, at the expense of more interesting characters, such as the Corleones adopted son, Tom Hagen, who ll grow up to be the family s consigliere, and the hotheaded Sonny s younger brother, Michael. Those who persevere will be rewarded with scenes of Machiavellian plotting by Vito, who fends off both Italian and Irish rivals. Falco (Saint John of the Five Boroughs) takes the story right up to Sonny s wedding, and if he offers few new insights into characters motivations, Puzo fans will find this a refreshing change from, say, Mark Winegardner s inferior sequels, The Godfather Returns and The Godfather s Revenge.
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The Family Corleone
I really enjoyed this book, the way the author developed each of the characters gave me a determination to find out how it all came together at the end!,,
The Godfather continues
This is such a great story of how Vito Corleone rose to power and how the characters we see in The Godfather saga come together.
Couldn't put it down! Fills in the gaps... Great book!