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Six Graves to Munich

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A novel of blood and vengeance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Godfather.

Michael Rogan was an intelligence officer behind enemy lines in World War II Europe. But he made the mistake of falling in love, which gave him something to lose-or to be taken from him.

Captured by the Nazis, Michael was treated as an experiment. A piece of meat. A subject upon wh
Paperback, UK Airports edition, 256 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by MacLehose Press (first published 1967)
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Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pretty-good
Six Graves to Munich is a novel which Mario Puzo wrote shortly before he penned The Godfather. It is fast-paced, no-nonsense, hard-boiled tale about revenge, ex-Nazi and spy network in the Cold War era. I like Mr. Puzo's writing style, which is simple and straight to the point; and the story is highly entertaining and effective. The plots and the plot twists are exciting enough and I actually like how the MC and the seven men he set out to murder (to avenge his dead wife and his own torment) are ...more
Kelly Thompson
I did a book report on Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" when I was in sixth grade. I'd purchased it at a rummage sale, unbeknownst to my parents, who became aware of my ownership of it when the nuns at the Catholic school I attended waved it in their faces during a conference about the aforementioned book report. I have been a Puzo fan ever since but only recently read "Six Graves to Munich" when I received it as a gift. It is clearly Puzo's early work but there's no denying even at this early junct ...more
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Mario Puzo's first novel originally published under another name. It's a fast paced vengeance thriller. A great little read. Michael Rogan was captured, tortured and left for dead by 7 nazi agents in WWII. Now it is 10 years later and Michael is looking for revenge and he will stop at nothing to get it.
Nov 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
I Have just finished this novel. It is very surprising that this is the Same author of The Godfather. It is badly written with a bad story. very disappointing I do not recommend
Jyoti Babel
The blrub from back cover of the book gives an idea of what the story is about.

Seven Men

Seven Gestapo officers tortured Captain Michael Rogan, murdered his pregnant wife, and left him for dead. After the end of the second World War they escaped to new lives and identities.

Ten Years

Rogan has spent the last ten years recovering from his horrific injuries and planning his revenge. Now he is back, and on the hunt for the Nazis who ruined his life.

One Woman

But ther is one problem, he has met and fall
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela
Mario Puzo es autor de El Padrino. Sólo eso debiera bastar para demostrar que es un escritor fabuloso. Y otros libros, como El Siciliano (basado en mafioso real, pero en la novela se enlaza su historia con la de los Corleone) o Los Tontos Mueren, quizá no alcanzan el nivel legendario de El Padrino, pero son excelentes también.

Pero por lo visto, incluso autores notables generan a veces baratijas literarias. Esta novela es mediocre, a lo mucho. Personajes caricaturescos y poco creíbles, una histor
Feb 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
I knew there was something wrong when I'm already in the middle of the book and I still can't seem to symphatize with the main character's plight. The plot of the book was interesting but I didn't enjoy reading this book much. I've read Puzo's other books like Godfather and Sicilian. In comparison, this book does not seem to be as well written as those two.

This book was written under Puzo's pseudonym Mario Cleri. They should have just kept it under Cleri and not associate it with Puzo.
Suspense Magazine
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
A longtime fan of one of the most recognizable and much loved authors of our time, I was overjoyed when I received “Six Graves to Munich”. This hidden treasure—written prior to “The Godfather” fame—was sadly published under a pseudonym and throughout the years was forgotten. While most of the Puzo collection brilliantly focuses on the trials and tribulations of crime families, “Six Graves to Munich” is written in a different time and has a softer, although much more painful, undertone.
Once a ma
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is clearly an early Puzo book. The man is a master of setting up elaborate clandestine plans to kill people and executing them to perfection. It is a good thing he was just a writer. The foundation for his later books is in Six Graves to Munich, but his writing takes a huge leap between this and The Godfather. If you loved the Godfather and you like the organized crime kind of books, this will be an enjoyable read. It is also very short and easy to fly through.

This the story of Mike (unfort
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed The Godfather, so when I found out Mario Puzo had written a book that takes place in Germany, I had to give it a try. The book is quite short, a novella really, and was his first book, I believe, published under a pseudonym. It seemed too short. It could have used another hundred pages to flesh out the story.

There were also inaccuracies about Germany that annoyed me (although may not annoy the average reader). I'm pretty sure the Hofbräuhaus in Munich would not be serving Weissw
Alexia Navas
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo debe ser el maestro de la novela negra. Y digo debe ser porque definitivamente tengo que leer más, mucho más de él.
Con esta novela me estreno en la escritura de Mario Puzo.
Me encantan las historias de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, específicamente de las que hablan de los agentes de la Gestapo y esta definitivamente no decepciona. Desde que comienzas a leerlo te adentras de lleno a la historia, su pluma es ligera, no es nada repetitiva ni pesada y en ningún momento aburre.
Me encantó la pe
May 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was poor. i understand why mario puzo wrote it under a pseudonym. it could have been great and i can see how he got to be so wondeful of an author but, i basically fiished this in one sitting on a plane i ess then four hours. the female main character is MASSIVELY simplfiied and sexualised and just a poor representation of a realistic reality-VERY unusual for puzo. so yea, if you havent read it dont stress JUST because you want to read all his stuff, because its not up to his ususal st ...more
Damian Reyes
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Después de leer algunas reseñas en goodreads me había desanimado un poco a leer el libro, pero una vez que empiezas no paras hasta terminarlo, en primer lugar porque es pequeño, y en segundo por que la historia te atrapa de lleno un thriller de venganza que resulta una entretenida lectura.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
My mom left a Spanish edition at home when she came to visit me a few months ago. It is a short story but if you are a fan of mystery and crime that involves WWII, then you most likely are going to like it. Please be aware that even when Mario Puzzo wrote Il Padrino, this is nothing compared. A lot of people has bad feelings about this book but I think it's great. Part of the process of being a writer is to practice with different stories and this is a fantastic one. A lot of others authors have ...more
Stephanie Hutabarat
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
It's a bit simple for me and to be honest it's not like Mario's style, well if i compare to 'The Godfather' which is my favourite..But overall it's a good story and even I do not get the 'thrilling' thing, but it made me want to know the ending.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro rápido de leer. Una historia, una venganza, un par de personajes y un final. Me sirvió para descansar la vista pues no pretende ser un best-seller. No lo recomendaría como para comprarlo, salvo que esté en un mercado de pulgas o algo así.
Audrey Stephens
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A seemingly simple story of revenge, this is a powerfully written book about good and evil, the horrors of war and, ultimately about redemption of sorts.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Contrived story

Plot was a tired story of vengeance with antagonists coming out of nowhere only to vanish in a simple-minded way. Story lacked any of the charm of The Godfather.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simple, straightforward, with little suspense but still an interesting read
Suresh Vijendran
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very fast. Though the outcome was easy to guess, the way Mario Puzo had written, it was a real page turner.
Eugenio Tena
Divertido, sencillo y un poco olvidable...
Abhinav Talwar
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A shorter crime book written by Mario Puzo in comparison to The Godfather and equally gruesome.
Sandra Delgado
Mario Puzo nunca me decepciona.
Hector Miguel
Entretenida noveleta de venganza.
Se antoja que alguien adapte esta idea a una película pero con tecnología contemporánea y en un contexto de espionaje global del siglo XXI, podría ser una mezcla de Quentin Tarantino con Mr. Robot con Blade Runner (esto último porque también me gustaría que la película fuera de ciencia ficción).
Recomendable para pasar el rato sin pensar demasiado ya que todo es digerible y sucede muy rápido.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Felt like a short story and had a few implausibilities. Not very exciting but not completely boring either.
Michal Skrivan
Mar 09, 2014 marked it as to-read
Sedm katů z Mnichova
V roce 1967, dva roky před vydáním legendárního Kmotra, publikoval Mario Puzo pod pseudonymem Mario Cleri prózu nevelkého rozsahu, v níž se podruhé – po debutové Temné aréně – vrátil do poválečného Německa. Její hrdina, Michael Rogan – bývalý kapitán americké rozvědky s geniální pamětí a schopností luštit šifry, chycený gestapem ve Francii a poté několik měsíců mučený v Mnichově společně se svou manželkou Christine, která výslechy nepřežije – se deset let po válce octne na st
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a story which may have served as the inspiration for others, and yet it was placed shelved among the obscure for over 40 years. A fast paced and interesting read, its filled with the magic, excitement, ambiance and tragedy that few writers could have delivered better than Puzo. Thomas Harris truly ought to be ashamed of himself for his inferior similar story (Hannibal Rising)
There is not a whole lot of description for most characters, but he gives you enough about them to appreciate th
Calis Johnson
This is the weakest of the 3 Mario Puzo books I've read. But that by no means does it mean the story isn't good. I love a good revenge story and a post WWII setting against Nazis is the perfect backdrop. There are bits and pieces of the style that made Mario Puzo famous in here, but what makes Six Graves to Munich a weak outing is the lack of character development. We don't get time to know our protagonist Michael Rogan very well. Sure we get a hand full of flashbacks mainly at the beginning and ...more
George Mnatsakanyan
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I chose "Six Graves To Munich" by Mario Puzo because I have read another book written by him and I really enjoyed his writing. This book takes place right after World War 2. Michael Rogan was captured and tortured by some Nazi soldiers. When the war ends they let Michael Rogan go and now Michael wants revenge on the Nazis. He travels to Munich, Germany and on the way he has some hardships while killing the Nazi soldiers even though he has been planning his attack for 10 years. I really enjoyed r ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Add this kind of book to the list of genres I seem to have outgrown. In high school and college, I went through my science fiction and fantasy phase. I tried reading some science fiction recently and couldn't get past the fourth or fifth page. In my 20's I went through Follett and Ludlum. Now, I read this book and it drives me slightly bonkers. Yes, it kept me going enough to want to finish and see how it ended and the little twist at the end was certainly a surprise. But, I'd love to read one o ...more
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