Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review: The Godfather's Revenge by Mark Winegardner

The third, and final, installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family-one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema-achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.
It's impossible to overstate the influence of Mario Puzo's "The Godfather," which has become an essential part of our cultural lexicon. Puzo's novel about the secret world of organized crime became a megabestseller and an instant classic. The book inspired the Francis Ford Coppola films-unprecedented successes in their own right-and launched a national obsession with the Mafia that continues unabated today.
In "The Godfather's Revenge"-again authorized by the Puzo Estate-Mark Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. A subordinate to Michael Corleone, New Orleans underboss Carlo Tramonti is publicly humiliated when the U.S. Attorney General-President Danny Shea's brother-has him arrested and deported to Colombia. Tramonti eventually returns, hell-bent on settling scores, and triggers a series of events destined to change the course of American history. Corleone, though haunted by the death of his brother Fredo, knows that this is no time for weakness-and so, with fearless consigliere Tom Hagen leading the way, a new path for the future is forged.
As the dramatic twists of "The Godfather's Revenge" take the reader from Las Vegas to Miami to New Orleans, from the power alleys of Washington, D.C., to the remote jungles of Colombia, the puppet master behind the curtain remains Michael Corleone, the tortured prodigal son who is determined to redefine his family's legacy and make his father-the original Godfather-proud.

For me, this book was an okay ending to the trilogy.

The Godfather's Revenge wraps up the questions left unanswered from the second book. Michael Corleone and his associates are growing older. He's got a lot on his plate, with the biggest problem being Nick Geraci.

I liked this book better than the second one. There were less characters to focus on so it was easier to keep track of who was doing what. The number of subplots was also more manageable so it felt more cohesive. There were also plenty of surprising plot twists that made the book more interesting.


  1. The plot feels more cohesive.
  2. There aren't too many characters whom you have to focus on so it's easier to keep track of them.
  3. There are interesting plot twists.


  1. The supporting characters take a lot of page time away from Michael.

After the pasta course, came a standing rib roast.

  1. You are a fan of the Godfather movies.
  2. You've read the first two books.
  3. You want to know what happens to Michael Corleone.




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