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Omerta (Mario Puzo's Mafia)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,136 Ratings  ·  366 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, 276 pages
Published 2003 by Muza (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…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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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
Asghar Abbas

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
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 great ...more
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.
Review for The Last Don:

Consider Omerta is the last book of Mario Puzo's Mafia trilogy after The Godfather and The Last Don, I must admit I'm a bit letdown by this book.

The story opens with a dying Don in Sicily giving his soon-to-be-orphan son away to his friend from America for adoption. Some 30 years later, the orphan had grown up to be a young man who ran a small business, his foster siblings also grew up knowing nothing about their father's business.
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Omerta/ Mario Puzo, newyourk: ballantine books, 2000, 369p
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining mob novel from the late Mario Puzo. It's got a faster pace than "The Godfather" with less attention to psychological detail. Whereas "The Godfather" was a story with deep characters and emotion, "Omerta" is more of a fun thriller. Puzo writes so well here, it's a full mob drama with all of the slow stuff cut out. It's just bang-bang-bang as it goes through, great stuff. The novel continues Puzo's obsession of organized criminals with honor and corrupt greedy law enforcement but ...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
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
As usual Puzo never lets me down! Incredible. This is how a book should be written. I'm so satisfied.
Constance Kwinn
All the depth and character development of a Scooby Doo script.
Abubakar Mehdi
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.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Agustina Balea
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omertá es un libro maravilloso. Muchos dicen que está muy por debajo de El Padrino y sus demás libros, pero naturalmente como es el primer libro del autor que leo, a mí me gustó mucho. El ritmo es bueno, fluido; las descripciones de Sicilia y del sentido de pertenencia de Don Aprile y Astorre son muy vivas; las escenas de acción están bien desarrolladas; los giros de trama tienen absoluto sentido, al igual que las muertes. Creo que el personaje de Astorre se destaca mucho y no solo por ser el pr ...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
Green Singh
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Febyan Kudrat
Haah,akhir yg bagus, walaupun ada sedikit ganjalan.Mengapa Aspinella tidak mati.Dunia begitu abu-abu, tidak hanya sekedar hitam putih.Begitulah dunia yg digambarkan Puzzo dalam novelnya.Seorang kriminal besar yg juga dipuja sebagai dermawan dan penolong sejati. Pahlawan atau penjahat,tergantung dari mana kita memandang.
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
U životu nisam pročitala knjigu u kojoj su svi likovi tako bezlični i plošni, sve do Omerte što je u neku ruku izvanredno.

Glavni junak priče, nećak Dona Astorre Viola je zgodan, dobro obrazovan, šarmantan, karizmatičan, posjeduje veličinu velikih mafijaških donova....Puzo ga opisuje kao da je zaljubljeni klinac što počne ići na živce.

Urota oko koje se vrti cijela priča kao i sudionici (FBI, policajci, Donova djeca, urotnici) je u neku ruku dosadna, s primjesama jel-ti-to-mene-zezaš uz prisutno
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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"One day his son would go to America, a land of vengeance, mercy, and magnificent possibility."
page 369
Oct 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mario Puzo selalu identik dengan kisah-kisah mafia. Novelnya yang paling terkenal adalah The Godfather (1969). Sedangkan Omerta (2000) adalah novelnya yang diterbitkan setahun setelah kematiannya. Novel inipun juga berisi kisah para mafioso. Omerta sendiri menurut World Book Dictionary artinya adalah hukum kehormatan Sisilia yang melarang pemberian informasi tentang kejahatan-kejahatan yang dianggap merupakan urusan orang-orang yang terlibat.

Kisah ini dimulai pada 1967.
Saat itu Don Zeno tengah s
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sudipta Saha
The book lacks the element of suspense (everyone knows who killed the Don), has silly dialogues (when the FBI agent comes to interrogate the aforementioned Don’s family members and leaves after only a couple of questions), promotes delusional climaxes (the final showdown at the macaroni factory where a vast majority of the “bad guys” die) and contains ridiculous circumstances (the Don’s children being okay with his murder). The novel was published after Mario Puzo passed away and I think it had ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn"t wade thropugh it ... so unlike The Godfather.
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as great as the godfather but all in all a good one time read.
Extremely obvious plot , fails to build any impactful character .
Minh Huỳnh Thế
Nhìn vào tên tác giả - Mario Puzo, hẳn các bạn đã đoán ra chủ đề là gì rồi đúng không. Vâng, các bạn đã đoán đúng. Chủ đề của cuốn sách nó là Mafia.
Chủ đề Mafia không ai có thể qua được Puzo trong làng văn học thế giới. Nhưng khoan đã, tại sao mình lại đánh giá chỉ 3 sao ? Mình sẽ đánh giá cuốn sách này để các bạn hiểu hơn về quyết định của mình.
Omerta - luật im lặng của Mafia, là thứ giữ cho Mafia tồn tại. Luật im lặng được sinh ra trên mảnh đất Sicily - cái nôi của Mafia. Luật im lặng cấm ng
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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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