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Omerta [Paperback]

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No one knew why Raymonde Aprile, the last great American Don, adopted Astorre Viola many years ago in Sicily; no one suspected how he had carefully trained him. While the Don's own children claimed respectable careers in America, Astorre Viola waited for his time to come. The Don Aprile is now dead, his murder one bloody act in an onslaught of ambition and deceit that involves deadly compromises made by an FBI agent, two crooked NYPD detectives, and the frightening plans of a South American mob kingpin. Amid this collision of enemies and lovers, betrayers and loyal soldiers, Astorre Viola will claim his destiny.

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Ediciones B
ISBN  8440698763  
ISBN13  9788440698766  

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More About Mario Puzo

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The son of Italian immigrants who moved to the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City, Mario Puzo was born on October 15, 1920. After World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Army corporal, he attended City College of New York on the G.I. Bill and worked as a freelance writer. During this period he wrote his first two novels The Dark Arena (1955) and The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965).
When his books made little money despite being critically acclaimed, he vowed to write a bestseller. The Godfather (1969) was an enormous success. He collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on the screenplays for all three Godfather movies and won Academy Awards for both The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974). He also collaborated on the scripts for such films as Superman (1978), Superman II (1981), and The Cotton Club (1984). He continued to write phenomenally successful novels, Including Fools Die (1978), The Sicilian (1984), The Fourth K (1991), and The Last Don (1996). Mario Puzo died on July 2, 1999. His final novel, Omerta, was published in 2000.

Mario Puzo lived in Long Island, in the state of New York. Mario Puzo was born in 1920 and died in 1999.

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1Books > Special Features > Spanish > Literatura y ficción
2Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > General
3Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Mystery > General
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Interesting characters make for a great story  May 23, 2008
Omerta is a wonderful ending to Mario Puzo's mafia trilogy. The story kept my attention all the way through. It is filled with action and suspense, and it's loaded with interesting characters. Puzo drills home that Omerta is the code of silence that is enforced. However preventing betrayal proves difficult for the Don as the story moves back and forth from New York to the early times of Sicily. It's a great story not as good as The Godfather, but still great and I highly recommend it.

Simple and easy reading  Jan 17, 2008
Omerta is the code of silence. Although Mario Puzo had created a vast number of contrasting characters in the story, none of them were fully explored and developed except for the lead Astora. The story did not really develop around Omerta and I found the title had been chosen more as a temptation to the readers.

I had bought the book and read it twice but my recommendation was to borrow it. This story had a moderate pace and I would recommend it to any commuter who is looking for light reading materials.
Good read, but not on par with his best work  Jun 12, 2007
Omerta is an entertaining read, but it leaves you wanting for more. Puzo also missed out on some colorful characters that begged to be explored more, like the two corrupt cops, which got maybe 1/10th as much attention as the FBI agent.
I read this book in One sitting.  Mar 10, 2007
I remember borrowing this book from my job at a bookstore. I thought I would read a couple pages before going to bed. Turns out I didn't finish till 5am I read the whole book in one sitting no lie. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. Kinda makes me wonder why I haven't read all his books maybe I'm afraid of another all nighter. lol!
Nothing compares with The Godfather: Every bit as good as The Last Don  Dec 14, 2006
It is only natural that anything that Puzo wrote after The Godfather would be compared with that epic work. But The Godfather is the type of work that is in a class all by itself. Puzo, wisely, does not strain to make subsequent works in the mold of The Godfather hoping to ape that success. It would not work.

That being said, Omerta is every bit as good as The Last Don; a real page turner with plenty of intrigue.

The characters are rich and complicated, the dialogue is crisp; plot and sub-plots keep you engaged, without confusing the reader.

This work of crime fiction was the crowning work to Puzzo's stellar career. Puzzo has an intimate grasp of not just the criminal mind, but also human nature in general.

Don't let reviews that try to compare this work with The Godfather scare you away from an awesome read. I finished the book in 1 1/2 days. You won't be able to put it down.

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