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The Godfather's Revenge (The Godfather Returns #2)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  1,454 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews

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, whi

Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Putnam Adult
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Asghar Abbas
Dec 01, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What I am really appreciative of, what I truly like here is , how a minor character from the first Godfather movie was taken ( one of the guys who beat up a creep who hurt the baker's daughter, the one who was telling his woes to the Don at the very start of the movie) and turned that character into this arch rival of Michael, just brilliant.
Henry Wijaya
Jun 08, 2008 Henry Wijaya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Godfather fans
This book is the continuation of the original The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Overall, this ook is interesting. Yet, I still find that the original The Godfather is more thrilling and interesting. The pace of this book is slower than The Godfather that sometimes I get bored reading it. Reading The Godfather, I couldn't put the book away from me. I remember I read that book when i was in the middle of a debate competition. Yet, I brought that book with me everywhere I went. It is interesting though ...more
I love these characters; I always have, so regardless of who writes the story, I'll be into it, learning more about the Corleone family. This book, the second about the family written by this author was good, but, by far, not great.

First the book was very, very much longer than it needed to be to get the entire story across. I enjoyed learning more about Tom Hagan, especially how he became part of the family when he was a kid. I didn't like this author's Michael nearly as much as the Michael in
Nov 21, 2010 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, mafia, read_2014
The title of this book is somewhat misleading. Sure Michael Corleone has a revenge of sorts but mainly, THE GODFATHER'S REVENGE focuses on the political side of mafia life and traitor to the Corleone regime in Nick Geraci.

Reading the back of the book is more spoiler than synopsis - the events detailed don't happen until the final third of the book and by then, the reader is well aware they are coming and what the likely outcome is.

I will say, that Tom Hagan, a crucial member and close friend of
Eddie Owens
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Nov 11, 2011 Johnny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The only thing that fully prepares us for the climax of The Godfather’s Revenge is the title. I hope that isn’t a spoiler for you because I’m trying to write this without giving away the entire store anymore than Mark Winegardner did in the title itself. Indeed, one can sum up this novel (definitely a prequel to Godfather III) by saying that “These aren’t the Corleones you are looking for.” Tom Hagen plays a meaty role and Michael’s right-hand capo, Al Neri, serves as a key element in the plot. ...more
Doug Clark
Mario Puzo created an American mythology for the Sicilian Mafia with the publication of his acclaimed novel, The Godfather, in 1969. The novel was adapted into two Academy Award winning movies, The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part 2 (1974). Puzo wrote three sequels to his novel: The Sicilian (1984), The Last Don (1996) and Omerta (2000-published after Puzo’s death in 1999). Since Puzo’s death, Mark Winegardner has taken up the Godfather Saga with the permission of the Puzo Estate. Winega ...more
Mike Anderson
For any fan of the first two Godfather movies, or the books for that matter, a return to the world of the Corleone family is looked upon as a tasty treat. But only if the treatment of the story is done with poetic style and thoughtful detail, not botched up, like Coppola's disappointing Godfather III movie.

In the "Godfather's Revenge", writer Mark Winegardner (also author of "The Godfather Returns") now mixes the Corleones with politics. To make a long story short, Winegardner hijacks the JFK as
Mar 27, 2011 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As written in a previous review, Winegardner didn't afford himself the amount of space needed in the first of his two novels to write an appropriate story that was his original. In this novel he really got it right, he got into the swing of things... The charachter who Winegardner invented himself really becomes a likeable guy in this novel and Winegardner writes all of the charachters played by name actors in the godfather films with the dialogue and actions that we would expect of those charac ...more
Colin McEvoy
Dec 03, 2016 Colin McEvoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like the previous entry, The Godfather Returns, this is an extremely readable and enjoyable book, and any fan of The Godfather films or the original novel by Mario Puzo is basically guaranteed to enjoy it. Mark Winegardner is a very strong writer who understands this fictional universe well, and does an excellent job of tying all the various characters and subplots together with the events of the past and future films and novels. As with The Godfather Returns, the two most interesting chara ...more
Gary Schantz
I wasn't a big fan of the the Godfather's Return for several reasons but with this book I decided to give it a chance. While I still wasn't keen on the "new" characters, I did like that several of the original characters had once again returned.

This book was more short and to the point as opposed to the Godfather Returns. Basically, the story was more closely related to real events as the original Godfather novel was so I liked that part quite a bit.

Also I could tell at the end, there was a set
May 04, 2009 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author is trying to continue the Corleone story by telling what happened between "The Godfather, Part 2" and "The Godfather, Part 3." But the author doesn't seem to have the same care or reverence for the characters that Mario Puzo or Francis Ford Coppola did. His depictions of the characters are often vulgar or crass. While that may be how real mobsters are, his portrayal of the characters is not of the same artistic caliber as Puzo's or Coppola's.
This is the second "Godfather" book by Mar
Feb 10, 2008 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delves into a time of calamity within (1) the five families as
President James Shea and his brother Attorney General Danny Shea (whom La
Costra Nostra Commission backed with various labor union support groups)
take a strong stance on going after organized crime as well as (2) the
Corleone family itself, as it confronts dissenters within its own family and
most notably, the resurgence of Fausto "Nick" Geraci, former Corleone capo
whom the Corleone family had tried to murder and frame for the fail
A significant improvement over “The Godfather’s Return”, the weak first part of Winegardner’s two-volume attempt to fill-in the gaps left by Mario Puzo on the epic saga of the Corleones. In said work the younger author tried to evoke the style and mood achieved by the older one, but the final product fell short of my expectations mainly because of two things: it kept the most dubious and tasteless tropes of the original (like (view spoiler)) and t ...more
Nov 06, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book reminds me of a time, long long ago, on a trip to New Orleans with my parents. During our visit my father took us on one of those horse and buggy rides that tour the French Quarter for hire on the river side of Jackson Square. I remember today, as clearly as if it were yesterday, what the old driver said after we were seated and ready to depart. He said, "now this buggy has only three speeds, slow, very slow, and super slow. Sadly the first 3/4's of this book creeps on all thre ...more
Long detailed narratives, periodically punctuated by fast paced action. The long boring conversations inevitably contained some key detail.. The erratic pace frustrated. The plot is set in 1963 to 1964 between the 2nd and 3rd movie and gets tangled up with in the plan to assassinate Jimmy Shea, the President of the USA - Really! The tone is more like "Goodfellas" as is the "mobster-talk".
The Godfather Timeline:
1. The Godfather (film 1972) Summer 1945 to 1955
2. The Sicilian (novel 1984)
3. The Go
Mel Vincent
Jul 27, 2009 Mel Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
A constant twister of events and plots that truly lives up to the Godfather's reputation. Also the way how the events and the people involved and especially the twists and turns are brilliantly done. It was however unfortunate that Tom Hagen had to die yet again this even heightened the suspense while reading the novel. I liked how it ended how Michael Corleone systematically calculates and executes not just Geraci but those who conspired against him. How even the small plots and twists came tog ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Sallee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read Mario Puzos book "The Godfather" but have seen the movie several times. This book tells more about the life of Tom Hagan. It takes place at the time of a new presdential candidate named O"Shea and his brother who is Attorney General and is trying to eradicate mafia crime. Sound familiar? These characters are recognizable. The mafia boss in Fla. is a man called Tramonti. In real life, his name was Traficante and he was suspected in a conspiracy to kill the president. Cuban ties w ...more
Sep 14, 2009 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great to read about characters I love from cinema and from the original Puzo book. The story takes away from the original by adding events and traits to established characters and what happened in the original book.


I don't normally do this but what really aggravated me was the author takes away from Kay. Kay had an abortion and I think that represented just how evil Michael was and how his world could influence even someone as good as Kay. She was tainted by that world a
David Cain
May 03, 2016 David Cain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Winegardner finishes the Corleone saga nicely in this novel. It bridges the events between the second and third film installments, and ties up the developments set in motion in his first sequel The Godfather Returns. Similar in tone and style to that work (although stronger than the first one, in my opinion), it strikes a balance between elaborating on the plot and characters from Puzo's novel and Coppola's films, and creating new stories that fit neatly into that world. A plot involving (view s ...more
Howard Uliss
Two sequels to the Godfather were sanctioned by the Mario Puzo family. This is the second one. The first was "The Godfather Returns" by the same author. I've also read a book of his called "Crooked River Burning" which was all about Cleveland in the time I was growing up there. When Masen and Elizabeth were here for the holidays, we had a "Godfatherpalooza" and watched all three films. I've had this book on the shelf for awhile and now seemed a good time to read it. The author is good at writing ...more
Tom Gase
This book kind of started out boring, as it picked up from Winegardner's book 'The Godfather Returns' and never seemed to get going with the story. Most of the characters from Mario Puzo's The Godfather are here and of course, a lot from the film, 'The Godfather Part II.' It's not until the last 150 pages or so that the book actually picks up though. I thought the first half doesn't really talk about Michael all that much and focuses almost too much on Tom Hagen. However, if you liked the Godfat ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Enisajusufi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.Michael does everything to remain in control of his traditional business, but he's having trouble focusing in reality because his dead brother Fredo keeps reappearing in his mind. While Michael keeps having dreams about Fredo he also has to deal with the local and international issues. Also Nick Geraci, an old nemesis of Michael comes out of hiding while a fellow don is kidnapped by the government agents. Then the attorney-general Mr. Shea and his brother are trying to get rid of the Italians i ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Du rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I found this book to be a struggle to get into, but once I got past page 250 it flew. I really got dragged in and enjoyed it immensely. The characters fit the mold and read the way you want them to. The story was better than the Godfather Returns and it felt like something Mario Puzo would have written. Speaking of Puzo, there is a fun homage to him, the original book and the three movies in the coda.

Is this book, and its predecessor necessary? Only if you are a fan of the three movies and are
Frank Roberto
Dec 04, 2012 Frank Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel that Mr. Winegardner did a better job with this book than he did with The Godfather Returns. He tries to tie the entire Godfather saga together. For example, he goes back to the Sicilian Message that was first introduced in The Godfather (Fish wrapped up in an Newspaper. Tessio: "It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes." vs. Alligator wrapped in Newspaper with Tom Hagan's wallet. Tome Hagen sleeps with the alligators. I've read all four book of The Godfather an ...more
Aug 02, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2008books
This one was very similar to the "first" one in this series, The Godfather Returns. See my review on that one. I like that it continues the story and I have gotten pretty attached to a couple of the characters but overall, its pretty hard to follow. There are about a billion different story lines, usually more than one for each character, and they all have similar sounding nicknames. Its hard to keep eveyone straight and attached to all of the correct scandals and schemes (of which there are man ...more
Calis Johnson
While better than Godfather Returns Revenge still feels unnecessarily long winded like it's predecessor..
The Godfather's Revenge is a misleading title. Its not Michael Corleone seeking revenge, but Nick Geraci. Micheal is basically trying to counteract Geraci. The best part of this book was the inside look in Tom Hagan's family life. I really wish we could get a book telling of the events after Godfather Part III. The long winded nature style of writing would have been perfect due to the fact th
Oct 06, 2012 Ice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Jamie Rose
Sep 16, 2012 Jamie Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
mmm. My darling baby sis, who kindly bought me this based on my love of Mario Puzo. She didn’t notice it was written by someone else – books are not her strong point and it has Puzo’s name emblazoned across the top, she saw that and paid out... Misleading cover aside, although the historical stuff is accurate and the story is OK - Winegardner does not have anything close to the talent of the great Mr. Puzo. I got a week of detention for reading The Godfather in class with a Shakespeare cover ove ...more
William Korn
The Godfather, of course, is a classic. Mike Winegardner attempts to emulate the style of the original while extending the saga of the Corleone family into Michael's reign, adding new characters and situations as he goes along.

I think he does a good job of it. Of course, Puzo's style isn't that difficult to emulate. I don't think this book (or Winegardner's previous one, The Godfather Returns), are classics, but they are fun to read.
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Mark Winegardner (born November 24, 1961) is an American writer born and raised in Bryan, Ohio. His novels include The Godfather Returns, Crooked River Burning, and The Veracruz Blues. He published a collection of short stories, That's True of Everybody, in 2002. His newest novel, The Godfather's Revenge, was published in November 2006 by Putnam. His Godfather novels continue the story of the Corl ...more
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