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Joe De Falco, a baby boomer, is born to a recently widowed mother after his father is killed in action near the end of World War II. A first-generation Italian-American, he is raised in a traditional Italian home where he comes under the influence of two very different uncles. One, Uncle Tony, is a straight, no-nonsense war hero who believes that institutions such as religion, government, the military, and business are worthy of trust and confidence. The other, Uncle Sal, is a slick, opportunistic, con-artist who believes in crime. As Joe moves through various stages of his life, he carries the conflicting influences of both uncles. Joe, often disillusioned by his own experiences, grows increasingly skeptical of institutions he once felt were trustworthy. Finally, as he confronts the biggest crisis in his life, he draws on lessons learned from his very different uncles.



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Pages   172
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 4, 2007
Publisher   World Audience, Inc.
ISBN  1934209694  
ISBN13  9781934209691  


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Great Read  May 19, 2007
Our main character Joe was born and raised in Philadelphia and we are swept into his entertaining and action packed life in this outstanding read by author Michael Maddaloni. Joe's dad died in WWII and Joe grew up in his grandparents home with his mom and sister and his two uncles Tony and Sal. We are taken through the life of Joe, his school years, military and Secret Service days and on to corporate business and I must admit the stories that he tells keep you fascinated and are quite interesting. We learn of greed, deceit, back-biting, corruption, and all that goes on in every aspect of life but I feel that the author was showing how these practices definitely mold people's characters and future depending on how they deal with it.

Through it all, to me, the stealers of the book were Uncle Tony and Uncle Sal who both had such an impact on Joe's life. Perhaps it is because I too had an Uncle Tony and an Uncle Sal who to this day I remember fondly. Not on the Level is a well written book that definitely holds your interest and stirs up many myriads of emotions. I believe you would do well to get your own copy for a very enjoyable read.

 
M.Goehring  Feb 7, 2007
Mike Maddaloni nails it! So much that appears legit is so not on the level, especially once you get through all the facades and veneers. I know Mike and worked with him in Philadelphia. What he fictionalizes in this book is how it was, still is and will be until Christ returns. Great job Mike! Fact is I still remember the many not on the level experiences we had.
 
If only . . .  Oct 1, 2006
"Not on the Level" is the fictional biography of Joe De Falco. Joe was born in a working-class neighborhood of Philadelphia. His father died, in a rather ignominious fashion, during World War Two, and Joe grew up in his paternal grandparents' home, along with his mother and two uncles, Tony and Sal. Tony had also served in the military, then became a school teacher, and was an honest, straightforward, hard-working guy. Sal never hurt anyone, personally, but he often cut corners, and he had many unsavory but powerful friends. All of this affected Joe, as did his days at an all-(Italian-)Catholic high school, and subsequent time in the Marines. Joe kept encountering interesting, forthright, honest, well-intentioned people, but not many of them. He met more people who were corrupt, abusive, dishonest, conniving, and/or sadistic.

After high school, Joe went into the Marines, where he continued to be exposed to very mixed influences. He ended up in the Secret Service, where he was quite successful at catching check-forgers and counterfeiters, as well as having the honor of protecting two United States Presidents. Upon retirement, he went into the corporate security business, and was very successful, while continuing to encounter instances of corruption, incompetence, loophole-abuse, opportunism, and greed.

This book is very much a character study, with the ever-present question being: With all of these divergent influences, what path shall Joe De Falco end up taking?

Mr. Maddaloni writes very, very well. Every time I had a chance to read, I did so with enthusiasm, and I regretted having to stop, each time life dared to interfere with my reading. While never overloading the reader with detail, the quality of detail given makes it very difficult to believe that one is not reading a true autobiography. From the brief "About the Author" page at the end, it is clear that, while the author and the book's protagonist are not the same person, they certainly had many things in common, which probably Mr. Maddaloni create the very realistic character of Joe De Falco.

It is very hard for me to continue writing, as I now want to explain why I did not give this book five stars, as I wanted to, without giving away the ending. I will simply say that, after really enjoying this well-told story, the ending was not at all what I wanted it to be. I am not referring to a sudden decline in writing quality, or anything like that, as the story is well-done, right to the final punctuation mark. I just wanted, very much, for the ending to not be what it was, although the ending was quite realistic.

If Mr. Maddaloni continues to write this well, he will be an author to watch and enjoy.
 
An outstanding read  Sep 14, 2006
Our main character Joe was born and raised in Philadelphia and we are swept into his entertaining and action packed life in this outstanding read by author Michael Maddaloni. Joe's dad died in WWII and Joe grew up in his grandparents' home with his mom and sister and his two uncles Tony and Sal.

We are taken through the life of Joe, his school years, military and Secret Service days and on to corporate business and I must admit the stories that he tells keep you fascinated and are quite interesting. We learn of greed, deceit, backbiting, corruption, and all that goes on in every aspect of life, but I feel that the author was showing how these practices definitely mold people's characters and future depending on how they deal with it.

Through it all, to me, the stealers of the book were Uncle Tony and Uncle Sal who both had such an impact on Joe's life. Perhaps it is because I too had an Uncle Tony and Uncle Sal who to this day I remember fondly. Not on the Level is a well written book that definitely holds your interest and stirs up many myriads of emotions. I believe you would do well to get your own copy for a very enjoyable read.

 
This civilian Secret Service expert is very impressed!  Sep 6, 2006
Wow! What a page turner "Not On The Level" is! I am very impressed with this well-written, entertaining, and thought-provoking book by former Secret Service agent Mike Maddaloni. Uncle Tony and Uncle Sal will be burned into your brain, while Joe De Falco's narration pulls it all together. Get this book asap!

Vince Palamara
 

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