Review of the Godfather

Title: The Godfather

Author: Mario Puzo

                                  Ali’s pick

“I am going to make you an offer you will not refuse.” My offer is this: Please read the book I’m promoting or suffer the consequences of missing out on the third and last novel in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Trilogy. It’s painful. Seriously though, I’m positive you have watched, or heard about the three Godfather movies Coppolla directed, the type of movie where a person can get more done with a nice word and a gun, than by a nice word alone. I said please read the book, didn’t I? Don’t panic though, that’s a book I’m holding.

I am biased, and if you were to ask me, the books behind The Godfather Trilogy
is infinitely better than the movies based on them. Especially the third and last,
Omerta. Mario Puzo prefaces the novel with: Omerta: A Sicilian code of honour which forbids informing about crimes thought to be the affairs of the persons involved. ”World Book Dictionary” “The first bullet hit the Don square in the forehead. The second bullet tore out his throat." Don Raymonde Aprile is murdered and bound by an old code of silence no one wants to talk. His heirs are his three children and his tenacious nephew Astorre Viola who inherits the Don’s legacy.
Driven by a lust to control and protect the family’s major possession, Astorre transforms into what Puzo describes as a Qualified Man, or a Man of honour. Puzo brings to life a great line up of characters along with Astorre as he plans to avenge the Don’t’s death, to mention a few that caught my attention while reading Omerta, there is a drug lord who invests his money to get his hands on a nuclear weapon, an FBI agent who lost his family and himself in order to bring down Astorre and his criminal organizationThis is Mario Puzo at his best. It is cynical, violent, and entertaining. Omerta will take you places Francis Ford Coppola never even dreamt possible. Again that is my bias. I just love books.
If you’re like me, then just turn off your DVD player, the TV too. As a matter of fact turn of the lights, except for the one next to your favourite chair, couch, or bed, and read Omerta.