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La ballata di Mila

(Mila Zago #1)

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Due gang di criminali che si contendono il territorio veneto: quella dei Pugnali Parlanti, affiliata alle triadi cinesi, e una cosca locale che fa capo al sanguinario Rossano Pagnan. In mezzo a tutto questo una donna spietata e pronta a sparigliare le carte.
Abbandonata dalla madre, violentata da una banda di criminali che le ha massacrato il padre, Mila Zago è una killer a
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Paperback, Sabot/age, 224 pages
Published August 24th 2011 by e/o
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Orsodimondo
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: italiana, pulp
BALLATA PULP IN NO DIESIS
Una volta gli sceneggiatori ritagliavano gli articoli di giornale e li depositavano alla SIAE – così sono nati molti film (io invece non lo feci e ci ritrovammo in due a fare la stessa cosa. Poco male).

Articoli e notizie di cronaca sono alla base di molti film, e romanzi.
Specie quelli gialli, polizieschi, thriller, noir.

In questo caso si sono mischiate un po’ le carte: qualche notizia, qualche dato, e tanto fumetto e cinema di serie B.

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Dan Schwent
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Two rival gangs fight for control of northern Italy's underworld and at the center of it all is a mysterious redhead named Mila. Will anyone be left standing when Mila is finished?

I got this from Netgalley and Exhibit A.

The Ballad of Mila reads like a combination of Fistful of Dollars and Kill Bill. The story is that of a wronged woman who trains for years, arranges for her mortal enemies to nearly annihilate one another, then swoops in to finish things up. Sound pretty good?

Mila is a deadly her
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Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
This review and more can be found on my blog here: The Muses Circle

My Review: Kill Bill. The Fifth Element. Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. La Femme Nikita. What do these films/books have in common? Strong, memorable female characters that kick major ass. And I am absolutely thrilled to add The Ballad of Mila by Italian author Matteo Strukul to the list.

Here is what I liked. No matter what the language, Matteo Strukul obviously has mastered the ability to describe scenes in vivid detail. Whether h
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WortGestalt
Ich fand ihn gar nicht so schlecht, diesen kurzen Thriller. Ein bisschen so, als würde man an einer Landstraße stehen und ein LKW rast mit überhöhter Geschwindigkeit und laut hupend an einem vorbei. Muss man nicht haben, ist aber irgendwie ein Erlebnis. Cool fand ich die comic-artige Inszenierung der Action-Szenen, die wirkungsvoll überzeichnet sind. Protagonistin Mila ist kein Racheengel, sondern eine Todesgöttin, die zwar ein sehr dünnes weil abgenutztes Motiv mitbringt, mich dafür aber an die ...more
Josh
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MAJOR SPOILERS

I don’t usually talk about ratings or my justification, however, for THE BALLAD OF MILA I want to make an exception. I give this 4/5 stars; the concept is pure pulp noir; a young woman is witness to her cop father’s murder and is subsequently rapped by the killers. She devotes her life to learning martial arts turning her into a living breathing weapon for the purpose of vengeance. It’s a steadily forming process that takes devotion, discipline and detachment – and author Matteo St
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Steve
How about a bit of the ultra-violence? That's all this book is, pure and simple.
In short, it's an Italian noir in which two mafia families (one of which is Chinese!) are facing off, with Mila stuck in the middle. There's a lot more to it, of course.
The translation was odd in several places, with not-quite-right metaphors and idiomatic expressions. Still, it was not a bad read overall.
Daniel
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
I am totally in love with the character of Mila Zago from The Ballad of Mila.  She is calm, cool, confident, and capable.  From the moment she first appears, walking head-long into a volatile situation, taking charge, and then throwing the results down in the police officers' faces, I was hooked.  I wouldn't want to meet her -- she is singularly focussed and you are either a target, or in her way.

This book reads so smoothly.  I read it in two sittings, but only because I had spent time finishing
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Kumiko Lei  ~Lost In A Book~
Reviewed at Lost In A Book

Alright, I'll admit it, I saw the cover and hit the request button without reading the blurb. I didn't even read the blurb after I was approved for it.

Why would I do such a thing? Well, I have a little cover lust problem, and I thought this cover was freaking bad-ass.

This is not my typical read. This is not a romance. This is a balls-to-the-wall, revenge filled, graphic, bloody, crime novel.

Mila Zago, who is she? She is a bad-ass, katana swinging, gun shooting, punch
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John of Canada
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: revenge
Mindless violence and crummy editing.They should have hired Violet to do the translation.Probably took less time to write than for me to read.
DunklesSchaf
Schnell und grausam, aber ansonsten halt nichts.
GONZA
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Mila è la versione italiana della sposa di Kill Bill, vendetta e katana compresa (peccato l'assenza di Hatori Hanzo). Il nordest, che sembra uscito dalle pagine di Carlotto fanno da sfondo alla sua furia vendicatrice di gorgone un po' sborona, ma simpatica alla fine e ora non vedo l'ora di leggere il secondo libro in cui ci dovrebbe essere il contatto con la gilda di "difensori del bene". Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale, ma almeno non è il solito commissario della grande città, come ora c ...more
Robert Craig
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure pulp...fans of Tarantino and 70s action-adventure novels will have a blast with this novel. Great over-the-top action! A rapid-fire read.
Antonella Montesanti
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mila e' stata una piacevolissima sorpresa!
Certo definire questo libro piacevolissimo farà storcere il naso a chi non ama la violenza, che non si può mai giustificare.....o quasi....
La storia di Mila e' agghiacciante , pulp-itante, per definirla alla Tarantino, ma non si riesce a non innamorarsi di questa rossa dal fisico perfetto , ma con un cuore completamente prosciugato della sua linfa vitale dagli eventi in cui rimane coinvolta da piccola.
Mi ha spiazzata anche il fatto di affiancare ad episo
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Luca Cresta
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esplosivo, crudo, molto coinvolgente, un romanzo action veramente di primissimo livello.
Una protagonista indimenticabile, una "stone killer" alla Antonia Lake del Professionista. Mi è piaciuta la disamina del fenomeno dell'infiltrazione dei cinesi nell'economia del nostro paese, molto accurata ma non noiosa e funzionale alla storia. Un grnadissimo teso che non può mancare ai tanti appassionati del genere.
Baldurian
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: narrative, crime, action
Strukul ha confezionato una storiella pulp abbastanza canonica (la vendetta, i criminali in guerra fra loro, la violenza gratuita, il tocco orientaleggiante) che, nel modesto panorama italiano, sicuramente fa una buona impressione. La ballata di Mila è un romanzuccio molto tarantiniano (pure troppo!), sicuramente imperfetto ma divertente da leggere.
Michael
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
It was an interesting premise, garment workers in Italy being forced out by Chinese immigrants.

The start of the Vandetta is well handled. I am reading an English translation. It is probably better in the original.
Tara Chevrestt
I didn't like this one. I actually bailed at 50%. I love the heroine, but there's really very little of her. It seems to focus more on the bad guys and there are too many of them. I became confused as to who was who, who did what.... too many POVs.
Burgoo
Overall rather disappointing, with some problematic dealings with Chinese characters.

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Josef Hernandez
An interesting and violent novel

For a full review, please go to http://www.examiner.com/review/the-ba... and follow me on Twitter @josenher
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Matteo Strukul is an Italian author of pulp-crime fiction. His first critically acclaimed novel The Ballad of Mila was shortlisted in his native Italy for the Premio Scerbanenco / La Stampa and won the Premio Speciale Valpolicella. This is the first in an on-going series focused on a female character, the Italian Bounty Hunter Mila Zago, a.k.a. Red Dread.

Matteo Strukul is also a well-known graphic
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