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The Godfather Returns (The Godfather Returns #1)

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  2,464 ratings  ·  133 reviews
THE MISSING YEARS FROM THE GREATEST CRIME SAGA OF ALL TIME
Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, "The Godfather," was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Now, in "The Godfather Returns," acclaimed novelist Mark Winegardner continues the story-the years not covered in Puzo's bestselling book or in Francis Ford Coppola's classic films.
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dan Hays
This book was somewhat interesting, extending the Godfather series and plot, fleshing out characters and events from the earlier book and the movies. I really looked forward to reading it. I was disappointed. While there were some interesting developments and clarifications on the earlier characters, it was tough to keep it all straight, and after a while, I lost interest in trying.

The book was filled with elliptical references to plot elements that were so vague that I was unable to understand
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Gary Schantz
Perhaps it is because I have seen all three godfather films and am a big fan of the original novel that leads me to read this book with an attitude. Knowing that a new godfather novel is coming out soon (The Family Corleone) brought me back to reading this book again. However I couldn't get past a few things in how the book is written such as it silly attempts at making a particular segment humorous or the ending of the first chapter that beats an idea to death.

The biggest issue I have is the id
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Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
3.5 stars

I don't fully understand this book's transition from the blockbuster film.

The more infamous scenes were removed from the book altogether, or they were told after the fact, or quickly fast-forwarded through. Huh? Everything else is covered slowly in painstakingly clear detail. Examples: Kay's revelation to Michael about the baby (mentioned months after the fact), the kiss of betrayal with Fredo (removed), the attack on the house (after the fact, covered briefly...)

The story is divided he
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Vincent
Good book, couple steps behind Puzo, obviously and more obviously not written by a true Italian.
Pinky
Zombie mafia!

Who'd have thought! Love it!

Can't wait to read this.
Visvamba Nathan
Great book in the end, but it starts of a little cheesy when trying to introduce the character's into the story.

It picks up the plot when Michael is murdering the Tattaglias and Barzini's along with Tessio, but to me there was no real cause in the novel, such as the original "Godfather" which had as its obvious culmination Michael's crowning as Don. The story really twists and turns too much to be a coherent plot, leading to a confusing storyline aggravated by Winegardner's decision not to disc
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Katherine Coble
I initially read this book years ago and the plot was vague in my recollection. Now that I've reread the book I understand why.

This is an okay book, but it's even more of a Roman a Clef than the original. So much so that there's almost no point in reading it if you've read or seen other things about the Mafia in the 20th Century United States.

Most frustrating--and the reason I'm only giving the book three stars--is that the story was divided into five concurrent plots. That's fine, and I gener
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Scott Martin
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William
When I think of the Godfather I think of action packed mafia style war. I remember the surprising jumps into the future where the details are explained in later chapters. I think of characters that I like or even love and the concept of respect. This book does not give me the same feeling. I understand that Winegardner is partly trying to fill in the gaps between the movies and the original. It just doesn't have the same style that made the Godfather so thrilling. I believe that the plot is soli ...more
Pablos
Jest taka powieść, której tytuł brzmi: „Dzień Szakala”. Wiadomo, kto jest autorem. Powieść jest kompletna, temat praktycznie wyczerpuje, nikt zatem nie spodziewa się kontynuacji. A jednak – ciąg dalszy się nie dość, że ukazuje, to jeszcze jest zdatny do czytania. Dlaczego? Dlatego, że pisarz pragnący pociągnąć wątek zabójców na zlecenie ciąg dalszy stworzył zupełnie po swojemu, bez oglądania się na oryginał, któremu byłoby dorównać bardzo trudno. W ten sposób „Powrót Szakala” Jacka Oakleya na pe ...more
Adam
Before I was 30 pages into Puzo's THE GODFATHER, I was hooked. It was absolutely incredible. To put it simply, Winegardner fails to produce a comparable product. I was about 70 pages in when I abandoned The Godfather Returns. I find Winegardner's attempt thoroughly uninteresting. Inane, pointless banter that goes nowhere... After 70 pages I still have no clue as to any kind of plot. I rarely abandon books, but I just couldn't go on. I really don't care. I can't believe I paid $8.53 for this.
Debra
Mar 24, 2011 Debra marked it as abandoned-ship
Stephen King says: "Reviews in the mainstream press were mixed, but I believe the late Mario Puzo would have loved this full-blooded continuation of the Corleone saga...if only for the spectacular death of Pete Clemenza. I mean, holy hot stove, Batman."
Harold
You can never go home again.
Tom Gase
Not as good as the original, but still if you are a fan of the first book and the movies (at least the first two, I don't count the third) then you'll probably enjoy this a little. It seems as if this book doesn't have all that great of a story and instead is filler for what happens in the few years between Godfather I and Godfather II and then events that happen right after Godfather II. Also has some brief moments of flashbacks that happened before the first Godfather movie such as why Michael ...more
Mel Vincent
I can happily say that this sequel really lived up to the aura that was felt in "the Godfather" and I loved every word and chapter. It was full of thrills, humor and excitement which keeps you up well into the night. I was truly impressed how the characters matured and how they deepened as individuals. I was equally impressed by the way the author connected the previous novels and the three movies to make an outstanding novel like this. This book captures the essence, the style of writing and al ...more
Maria
This was pretty good! I borrowed this since I recently read "The Godfather" for the first time and there was a teaser in the back of the edition I'd read. This is an ambitious book. The premise of the book was to imagine the span of time in between Godfather I and II in addition to some moments that overlap...there is a timeline in there if it gets confusing (and it does). Only read this if you read the actual "Godfather" by Mario Puzo. I think the author of this book actually submitted this man ...more
Zach
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Seth
Two or three years after the passing of Mario Puzo, the authors estate which retained the rights to his "Godfather" characters (for purposes of published work) bestowed on Mark Winegardner the awesome responsibility and priviledge to have the opportunity to write legal fan fiction to follow in the footsteps of one of the most classic novels of the twentieth century. It is not a duty that Winegardner by no means took lightly...

He carefully crafted a timeline for two sequels to take place during t
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George Mnatsakanyan
I chose this book because it was the scond part of Mario Puzo's "The Godfather." This book takes place in 1940 in New York. The main character, who is now Michael Corleone because his father Don Vito Corleone died, is now the Don of the Corleone family. He has many features of his father but what he did not inherit from his father is the choice of business. Although he continued with his late fathers olive oil company, he has also gotten into to his fathers mos hated businesses which were narcot ...more
Jake
Mike Winegardner is not Mario Puzo: Obvious fact told time and time again when reviewing this book. I find Winegardner to be a skilled writer though, and I can't say I did not enjoy this continuation of Puzo's landmark novel. The Godfather Returns is alot like Scarlet (the sequel to Gone With The Wind) just not ambitious enough to overcome the prolific legend of it's predecessor. All the familiar characters are here, and they do go through some great development, something that Winegardner seems ...more
Bookmarks Magazine

It's a tough act to follow, but somebody had to do it. Writing The Godfather is a job worthy of "Don" Vito Corleone himself, yet the task fell to novelist Winegardner, head of the creative writing program at Florida State University. Critics rarely know what to make of a new author taking over a classic work, and The Godfather Returns is no different. Some call this sequel brilliant, and praise Winegardner's conscientious research, plot clarification, compelling new characters (like Francesca, o

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C
Jan 20, 2008 C rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: for-fun
Imaginative telling of the events that transpire between and behind the events covered in Puzo's novel and the Coppola films. Winegardner seems to understand the world and people he writes of (so far as I can tell) and he is able to follow the numerous and interwoven plotlines well. He fills in gaps, reimagines some things, but remains faithful to the original stories.

My primary problems with this book are two:

First, as I have seen in other novels where a new author picks up where another has le
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Jonathan
This book was well-paced, with a strong narrative voice that was tinged with wry humor. Winegardner did a nice job fleshing out the characters with backstories that, for the most part, complimented their portrayals by Mario Puzo in the original novel, and Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola in the three films.

"The Godfather Returns" describes events that take place between the first and second films, and, briefly, between films two and three. (For those of you who have never read the original novel, t
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Ryan
I didn't begin reading this book with any kind of expectation of it being anywhere near as good as Puzo's original work. I have the feeling that Mark Winegardner began writing it with the same humble expectation. I was concerned that the book would just be either a retelling of the events in the second film or an inconsistent plot deviation. Either option seemed like it would disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised though that Winegardner found a nice middle ground where he introduced parallel pl ...more
umarul mukhtar
So.. Beginilah ceritanya setelah Don Vito meninggal, Michael mengambil alih dinasti Corleone, dan berusaha mengubah 'Keluarga' menjadi sesuatu yang lebih 'legal' (setidaknya pada awalnya)..
ceritanya asyik, walaupun dengan gaya yang lumayan beda dari Puzo, tokoh-tokoh baru bermunculan, tokoh-tokoh lama berkembang (*spoiler alert* bahkan diceritakan bagaimana akhirnya Fredo berkhianat kepada Michael, sehingga harus dieksekusi. kayak yang di film Godfather 2 kalau gak salah)
Walaupun diceritakan den
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David
A little bit too busy for me. Did not read well, too many sideline stories that did not really add up for a good read. All the stories told through the book did not really tie in with the final punch. Story just drug on and on...I rate it barely a 3, more of a 5 on a ten point scale....
Jenn
I started this one back in January but I didn't pick it up again until last month. I usually do the audiobooks on long drives but when I started listening to this one on my way to my parents house I was so hooked that I listened to it any time I was in my car. The story picks up where the Godfather left off. I've only seen the movie but I didn't have any trouble following the story line. The author follows many of the different characters from the original for about seven years. I really enjoyed ...more
Kyle Kerns
It took me a while to get into this book because it had been so long since I read the original, but after I figured out who everyone was and what their stories, I really came to enjoy the book. Like any great mob book, it was full of twists and turns and deaths and cheats. My main problem with the book, though, was that there were so many twists and turns and secret plots and subplots that I got confused toward the end. I think, though, that this author is trying to lay the groundwork for additi ...more
Michelle
Mar 25, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Godfather fans, mafia buffs
Awesome, awesome, awesome book that fleshes out many parts of the Godfather novel, adds details to the story and depth to many of the novel's characters. It chronicles the path of Nick Geraci, an up and coming Corleone family associate as it winds around the lives of Michael Corleone, et al. I loved reading more about Michael's and Kay's relationship and it gave enough details about her to finally make Kay make sense to me (I always thought she was a complete idiot). I also enjoyed reading more ...more
Victor Orozco
Very good. I loved the return of the Corleone Family story back in the comfort of literature. Basically these stories fill the gaps between the events between the Godfather movies as well as adding its own good additions. Basically we get to see a lot of things. Michael's heroism in the War, the problems with the Chicago mob, Tom Hagen involved in politics, the seediness and unfulfilled ambition of Fredo, etc. My favorite character in the story had to have been Francesca, Sonny's daughter, who p ...more
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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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