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

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,041 ratings  ·  70 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 (first published 2006)
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Henry Wijaya
Jun 01, 2009 Henry Wijaya rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Mel Vincent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Randa Williams
I just read The Corleone Family , which is a prequel to The Godfather. Then I reread The Godfather. Next I read the Godfather Returns and THE Godfather's Revenge. Of course the original book was the best, but the other two were good and worth reading !I also would recommend The Godfather Effect also by Tom Santopietro. Very good.
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
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
Sarajane Pinkman
Good book! A fitting end to the now-trilogy. Would be interested to see if Winegardner ever continues it, given that we're not up to the timeline of III yet.
Frank Roberto
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
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
Gina Vizzi

I have been a godfather fan since I was a child... this makes me want to read more! just amazingly done!
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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
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I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this. Cleverly takes place between Part II and Part III, during the Kennedy--here Shea administration--and Winegarden has fun with all the doppelgangers he trots out on stage, including a thinly disguised Mario Puzo. Stephen King called it: "as close as anyone's come to writing the great American novel so far in this begotten century."

That's probably a bit much but Revenge is still a really fun read.
B Continuing with the characters of the Godfather and the Godfather's Returns, a lot of this focuses on Nick Geraci's attempts to get revenge on the Godfather for trying to kill him. A lot of the time it gets away from I think Puzo's ultimate goal, but he really does hold the family to a high standard. He's cruder, less classy than Puzo, but this is a decent book.
OK, this I got a bit lazy and borrowed from the public library. Actually, I saw it on the shelf while looking for something else, and I figured I might as well borrow it and read it. Overall, not as good as the first one.

See my note on it from the blog:

Joshua Sussman
Lame stereotypes, and ruination of characters we were in love with. Michael and Tom come across like real idiots, the character nick jurace from the last novel is the only credible character and he's lame too.

Long book, nothing happens and other then the characters being named Corleone this is far from the godfather.
Art Vandelay
If I didn't love the original characters, I don't think I would have made it through this book. But I DO love the characters and the original book, so this last installment more than held my interest. But there were parts of the book that made me want to write the author and ask him just what he was thinking?!
Mickey Boggs
I love the first two Godfather movies and loved the original book but after trying to read this for 1.5 weeks I gave up. It was slow-moving and I wanted to care about the characters but I just couldn't. When my choices were to renew it for another 3 weeks at the library or turn it in, I chose the latter.
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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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