The Family Corleone by Ed Falco

57%

14 Critic Reviews

...plodding pace and colorless language, and for some real missed opportunities, such as his failure to do anything with some promising but largely untapped characters.
-AV Club

Synopsis

New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.
 

About Ed Falco

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Ed Falco is the author of three novels, four story collections, and numerous plays, poems, essays, and critical reviews. Among his many awards and honors are an NEA fiction fellowship, and the Southern Review's Robert Penn Warren Prize. He is a professor of English at Virginia Tech, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 590 pages
Genres: Crime, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Family Corleone
All: 14 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

A worthy addition to the lurid world of the Five Families, if not quite an offer you can’t refuse.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 17 2012

Ed Falco has done yeoman’s work in THE FAMILY CORLEONE, meeting the American legend that is its subject matter head-on and creating a tale that demands to be read in one sitting.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on May 06 2012

Still, as I read the book, I kept thinking, I’ve seen this movie before.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Phil Dyess-Nugent on May 21 2012

...plodding pace and colorless language, and for some real missed opportunities, such as his failure to do anything with some promising but largely untapped characters.

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Open Letters Monthly

Below average
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue

Far more often than is good for his book (which is, after all, for sale everywhere in the Western world, not just in Little Italy), Falco indulges in simplifications we were all supposed to leave behind us at Ellis Island.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Below average
Reviewed by Alan Johnson on May 13 2012

The storyline is confusing — jumping from scene to scene, introducing new characters, then dashing away before they are fully developed.

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NJ.com

Below average
Reviewed by Charles Cooper on May 06 2012

...falls short of Puzo’s audacious horse-head-in-bed turns.

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The Roanoke Times

Below average
Reviewed by Bob Willis on May 13 2012

To this reviewer, the wanton cruelty — not to mention the corruption of public servants — regularly depicted in the book is sickening...

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Todd Robins

Sonny’s road to making a life-changing choice is compelling and complex.

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Book Geeks

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon Owens on Jul 29 2012

As a result, The Family Corleone is a highly enjoyable read.

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NY Daily News

Below average
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on May 20 2012

While veteran writer Falco doesn’t come up with any memorable lines to add to the "Godfather” canon, the story is Puzo-worthy.

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The West End Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Stuart Nulman on Jul 04 2012

“The Family Corleone” is a thoroughly enjoyable book, which provides the final piece of the puzzle that is the saga of the Corleone Family.

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A Lot of Pages

Good
Reviewed by Yatin on Sep 14 2012

The story of the book is gripping and once you are through the first 50 pages of the book, it is a complete page turner and you will be hooked to it.

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Rhodes Review

Good
Reviewed by Rick Rhodes on Jul 17 2012

Mr. Falco managed to capture the feel and aura of these characters tremendously.

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