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(Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  14,755 ratings  ·  491 reviews
To Don Raymonde Aprile's children he was a loyal family member, their father's adopted "nephew." To the FBI he was a man who would rather ride his horses than do Mob business. No one knew why Aprile, the last great American Don, had adopted Astorre Viola many years before in Sicily; no one suspected how he had carefully trained him ... and how, while the Don's children cla ...more
Paperback, First Mass Market Domestic Edition, 369 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 1999)
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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 li…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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Utkarsh This is a good question and I guess it's just a plot hole. This book is clearly far from Mario Puzo's best work.…moreThis is a good question and I guess it's just a plot hole. This book is clearly far from Mario Puzo's best work.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Omerta, Mario Puzo

Omerta, Mario Puzo, newyourk: ballantine books, 2000, 369p

Omertà is a novel by Mario Puzo, published posthumously in 2000.

To Don Raymonde Aprile's children he was a loyal family member, their father's adopted "nephew." To the FBI he was a man who would rather ride his horses than do Mob business.

No one knew why Aprile, the last great American Don, had adopted Astorre Viola many years before in Sicily; no one suspected how he had carefully trained him ... and how, while the Do
Aug 09, 2009 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
Hasham Rasool
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mario-puzo, fiction
I am enjoyed reading this book. Alhamdulillah.

My favourite character is Astorre Viola.
Asghar Abbas
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok

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 death. Cool cover though.
Faroukh Naseem
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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 gre ...more
Review for The Last Don:

Edited@06/09/2019: I re-read this book again in Chinese and I'm glad to experience Mr. Puzo's magic again. I like how he described the crime business and the people in it, and the part about the MC going after the assassins who (view spoiler) and the other people who tried to ruin his family. Plus the ending isn't as flat and boring as I'd remembered! That's good.

I think I can like the MC a bit more
Joey 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
Horace Derwent
May 25, 2016 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
Constance Kwinn
Feb 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
All the depth and character development of a Scooby Doo script.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
As usual Puzo never lets me down! Incredible. This is how a book should be written. I'm so satisfied. ...more
Karl Marberger
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-political
Good story, good drama, fast-paced with good detail and well-rounded characters.

A good, quick read. Especially if you liked Puzo’s work other from The Godfather.
Phillip Elliott
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book can stand alone on its own merit; however, I feel it falls a little short when compared to The Last Don or The Godfather. Don't let this assessment deter you from reading this good book. I really enjoyed the author's style of writing and usage of "the flashback" in order to fill in the backstory. In my opinion, the ending was a little rushed, but I was still satisfied with the overall storyline and character development. What I didn't realize is this book is considered the third and fi ...more
Sabbir Islam
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true masterpiece that lives up to its reputation. Words fall short to explain the magnificence of Omerta, sure the ending might seem a tad bit too far fetched (An overtly happy ending for a book about Mafiosos), but the character developments were more than adequate to lay a reasonable ground for it.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good that I'm considering joining the Mafia. ...more
Green Singh
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mario Puzo's writing has never failed to excite 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 the ...more
Abubakar Mehdi
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Ramon van Dam
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mario Puzo reportedly finished this last of his mafia novels shortly before he died. I think it's a fitting goodbye gift to his fans, although the epilogue does make me wonder if he really was completely finished with it.

Just as always Puzo once again presents us with a list of compelling mobster characters who interact within a complex and intriguing story. I was especially interested in the main character Astorre Viola, but almost the entire list of people I got to know via the author was very
Jevron McCrory
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised by some of the low ratings this book has received.

To me, it has all the elements of a classic Puzo tale. Mafia intrigue and flashbacks, treachery, a budding yet damaged love story and ruthless characters on both sides of the law.

I really loved it!

Astorre Viola is up there with Cross Clericuzio as one of my favourite Puzo characters. Quirky, qualified and never quite what he seems.

Yes, some of the prose is 'dumbed down' from some of his earlier work (put down to the fact the som
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
At this point, I doubt there will ever be a Mario Puzo book that I don’t like. He writes the best Sicilian crime dramas ever written. Omertà may not be his best one, but it’s still highly enjoyable.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simplified definition of the code of Omertà is: "Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward". Puzo crafts yet another Mafia epic spanning decades around Omertà. Un-put-down-able like the other books of his I have read, he seems to have been one of the key developers of the Mafia clichés and stereotypes prevalent in 21st century TV and film! 6 out of 12
Arjun Shenoy
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller
A breathtaking and nail biting page turner. I haven't read a Mario Puzo novel before in my life, but I have seen his 'Godfather' movie adaptations. I was very sad to know that this was his last work months before he passed away. Long live Sicilian Mafia stories. A truly 'mafioso' story. ...more
Ankush Chander
Jan 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: organized-crime
It's an entertaining quick read. Story moves fast but at the cost of poor character development. ...more
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
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Daniel Christian
Jul 27, 2007 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...
Barbara Roma
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Decided to read this as I enjoyed Puzo’s writing style in The Godfather. He describes the Dons and all their entourage very precisely and without missing out on humane, realistic touches. Astorre Viola’s temperament and Aspinella Washingston’s profoundly corrupt nature are also well-portrayed. The narrative style itself, with its jumps and flashbacks, is not always easy to follow, but the way Puzo allows readers to actively participate in this sordid environment of crime and vengeance forgives h ...more
ahmad  afridi
I honestly think this wasn't Puzo. if you love him don't read this one . its a very ordinary book nothing like The Godfather or The Sicilian ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2019
Thought there'd be more to the title.
I felt like this one was not as strong as The Godfather and The Last Don. All three have the same background though: a far-thinking Don from a powerful family decides/realizes that the future lies in assimilating into society and decides to "retire" so to speak, so that his children or grandchildren can live freely and legally in the United States, but of course, there are loose ends that need to be tied up first.
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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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