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Omerta (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  11,123 Ratings  ·  324 Reviews
Omerta, the third novel in Mario Puzo's Mafia trilogy, is infinitely better than the third Godfather film, and most movies in fact. Besides colorful characters and snappy dialogue, it's got a knotty, gratifying, just-complex-enough plot and plenty of movie-like scenes. The newly retired Mafioso Don Raymonde Aprile attends his grandson's confirmation at St. Patrick's in New ...more
Hardcover, 397 pages
Published 2000 by Ullstein
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Reshma Suresh Although the author is the same person The Godfather is not connected to Omerta. totally different story but it is also about Mafia in the US. Time…moreAlthough the author is the same person The Godfather is not connected to Omerta. totally different story but it is also about Mafia in the US. Time lines I am not sure....(less)
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Aug 09, 2009 Ed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with time to kill and a limited vocabulary.
I had originally classified this as "contemporary literature" among other things. Well, it's not literature. It is a fast moving story with a childish plot, cardboard characters and lots of bloodshed.

It follows the life story of Astorre Viola, a young man programmed to be a true Sicilian. There are sub-plots galore involving his step-father/uncle Don Raymonde Aprile and his three cousins as well as a gaggle of Sicilan and American Mafia Dons and soldiers, a couple bent cops, a conflicted FBI age
Faroukh Naseem
I read the Godfather 15 years ago, Omertà was a reminder to how beautifully Mario Puzo wrote. #theguywiththebookreview presents Omertà by Mario Puzo. Characters: I couldn't help but picture Al Pacino as the protagonist. There are some similarities between the two but the main difference being that Astorre Viola was trained to become 'Michael Corleone'. Rosie stood out for obvious reasons (people who've read it might still remember her). And ofcourse Washington was almost unreal! Plenty of great ...more
Hasham Rasool
I am enjoyed reading this book. Alhamdulillah.

My favourite character is Astorre Viola.
Asghar Abbas

I am pretty sure Puzo didn't write this one. I am always dubious of posthumous breaths found locked away in writers' drawers after their deaths. Cool cover though.
Jo Woolfardis
This was Puzo's last novel before he died, and I must say it read very much like an old man clinging to an excellent reputation. The Godfather is one of the greatest books I've ever read and the only book to make me cry, and whilst I think the "romance" of the Mafia has faded from my concious slightly, I still find it a trifle exciting. Omerta, however, felt boring and lack-lustre. There felt, even from the first few chapters, to be far too much going on and too many people involved: whilst mafi ...more
Constance Kwinn
All the depth and character development of a Scooby Doo script.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Omerta/ Mario Puzo, newyourk: ballantine books, 2000, 369p
Abubakar Mehdi
Far less charming and inferior in terms of plot and characterization , this novel by Mario Puzo is still an atempt to foreshadow the Sicilian code of silence. lets the sky fall , but dare not speak about your family , friends or even foes , in front of anyone. A Fine read but still way inferior as compared to Godfather.
Salman Mehedy Titas
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, and since I've never read Puzo before (except for watching the Godfather movies), and I've been eyeing the 'crime' genre for quite some time, so I thought about giving it a go.

Aprille Raymonde, a great honourable Don, a mafioso, a true Sicilian. When the FBI started their crackdown on the underworld, they found no dirt Don Raymonde. Soon afterwards, he turned clean and left the underworld completely, except for a few connections. His sole
Aug 31, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining mob novel from the late Mario Puzo. It's got a faster pace than "The Godfather" with less attention to psychological detail. Whereas "The Godfather" was a story with deep characters and emotion, "Omerta" is more of a fun thriller. Puzo writes so well here, it's a full mob drama with all of the slow stuff cut out. It's just bang-bang-bang as it goes through, great stuff. The novel continues Puzo's obsession of organized criminals with honor and corrupt greedy law enforcement but ...more
Horace Derwent
May 25, 2016 Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
faith and honor are the pedestal of trust and soul

fame and shame are like the same thing if you try to build your soul with steel of faith and honor

so this is worth to die and kill for

remember, just never ever eat you own ass even if when they are biting off your ass at the time
Sep 05, 2015 Liliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
As usual Puzo never lets me down! Incredible. This is how a book should be written. I'm so satisfied.
Oct 25, 2008 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo selalu identik dengan kisah-kisah mafia. Novelnya yang paling terkenal adalah The Godfather (1969). Sedangkan Omerta (2000) adalah novelnya yang diterbitkan setahun setelah kematiannya. Novel inipun juga berisi kisah para mafioso. Omerta sendiri menurut World Book Dictionary artinya adalah hukum kehormatan Sisilia yang melarang pemberian informasi tentang kejahatan-kejahatan yang dianggap merupakan urusan orang-orang yang terlibat.

Kisah ini dimulai pada 1967.
Saat itu Don Zeno tengah s
Jan 24, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book a few days ago and I still don't know how I feel about Astorre Viola.

With Omerta, Puzo re-envisions the Mafia Don in a world where old Mafioso traditions have wasted away. Ideas of honor and nobility, of executing uncompromising and unforgiving justice, of self-righteousness and God or King complexes, have all but disappeared. Things such as greed and unnecessary accumulation of power have now taken their place at the table.

Astorre Viola discovers his roots in those old tr
Sudipta Saha
The book lacks the element of suspense (everyone knows who killed the Don), has silly dialogues (when the FBI agent comes to interrogate the aforementioned Don’s family members and leaves after only a couple of questions), promotes delusional climaxes (the final showdown at the macaroni factory where a vast majority of the “bad guys” die) and contains ridiculous circumstances (the Don’s children being okay with his murder). The novel was published after Mario Puzo passed away and I think it had ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, sicily
This is the second book that I have read by Mario Puzo, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Like "The Sicilian", it uses fiction to give the reader insight into the workings of the Mafia. It begins slowly and gradually builds up to a giddying pace. The 'hero' of the book is Astorre Viola, who has much to do to save the honour of Don Raymonde Aprile, his uncle who adopted him as a small child in Sicily. Raymonde is murdered in cold blood, and Astorre decides that his death must be avenged. As the ta ...more
Febyan Kudrat
Haah,akhir yg bagus, walaupun ada sedikit ganjalan.Mengapa Aspinella tidak mati.Dunia begitu abu-abu, tidak hanya sekedar hitam putih.Begitulah dunia yg digambarkan Puzzo dalam novelnya.Seorang kriminal besar yg juga dipuja sebagai dermawan dan penolong sejati. Pahlawan atau penjahat,tergantung dari mana kita memandang.
Daniel Christian
Jul 27, 2007 Daniel Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mafioso...;-)
great book by mario puzo, if you like godfather, you should read this book...a story of mafioso family...what i like about italian mafia is their loyalty to the family, they will do anything for their family even they must kill somebody for that...
Jul 20, 2013 Vibha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn"t wade thropugh it ... so unlike The Godfather.
May 31, 2016 Omkar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as great as the godfather but all in all a good one time read.
Barbara Roma
Jul 21, 2012 Barbara Roma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo is great and his writting was so clear and pleasant that I'm looking forward to read all his books. Althoug I expected here something as The Godfather and I was a little disappointed.
Extremely obvious plot , fails to build any impactful character .
Green Singh
May 04, 2017 Green Singh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo's writing has never failed to excited me...the story was as gripping as his other works..the story revolves around Astorre Viola ,the son of and old Sicilian mafioso don..and obviously he is the most liked character in the book...the story portrays Astorre as an young playful wedding singer,a macroni businessman (!!)..he is all those things but he is also the heir of the great don Raymond Aprile..the rise of Astorre after the Don's killing and his devotion to protect his family and th ...more
Tukang Online
Enjoyed first half of the book. Surely I couldn't stop reading it. But, after second half, the plots, character, and even some conversations remind me of The Last Don. Both these two books tell a story about mafia family, which impacted by the nephew/nephew's son.
S0 I can imagine how this story will end, since I also had The Last Don.
May 14, 2017 Smoppet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
Something barred me from enjoying this book more. I can't exactly put my finger on it. I felt like the characters were a little distant. Like I couldn't really get into them. No clue, really. The book was ehh.

Actually, read some other reviews of it, and now I'm like, "YUP THAT WAS THE PROBLEM." Dropping a star. LOL
Feb 11, 2017 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mario-puzo
This book by Mario Puzo tells the story of how the heirs of Don Aprile get vengeance on his murderers after he is gunned down at his grandson’s communion. Not as good as the Godfather but a good read.
Fajar Partomo
Prolog: “Omerta” berarti hukum kehormatan Sisilia yang melarang pemberian informasi mengenai kejahatan-kejahatan yang dianggap merupakan skandal orang-orang yang terlibat.

Novel ini adalah novel karangan Mario Puzo kedua yang saya baca setelah The Godfather. Kedua novel tersebut tidak berhubungan sama sekali, hanya saja sama-sama mengambil background kisah tentang kehidupan mafioso. Diceritakan bahwa Astorre Viola, seorang anak kecil keturunan Don Vincenzo Zeno, harus dititipkan kepada salah satu
Andrew Cassels
Nov 02, 2016 Andrew Cassels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-read, favorites
In my opinion, the best book of Mario Puzo, it really gives you a sense on how the mafia works, it's values and troubles.
I prefer "God Father" than this.
May 13, 2017 Faizan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Game of Throne...
or it is a taunt on the modern organizational crime..
will talk about it soon.
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Puzo was born in a poor family of Neapolitan immigrants living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York. Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage. After graduating from the City College of New York, he joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. Due to his poor eyesight, the military did not let him undertake combat duties but made him a public relations officer statione ...more
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