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The Family Corleone by Ed Falco

If you have ever wondered how Vito Corleone became the Godfather, read Ed Falco’s The Family Corleone which is the prequel to Mario Puzo’s classic story.  Falco’s story also details how Vito’s oldest son, Sonny, becomes a part of the family business (against his father’s wishes).  Sonny as a teenager is the exact same character as  Sonny the man-hotheaded and impulsive.  If you are unfamiliar with Puzo’s work you can hope that Sonny will grow out of it and become as wise as his father but if you already read  The Godfather, you know he does not.  Vito spends so much time counseling Sonny to keep his mouth shut in meetings and to work on controlling his temper, that there is hope that some of it will sink in.  At the end of the book Sonny makes some life changing moves that will hopefully help him mature.  In addition, The Family Corleone gives the background of Vito’s bodyguard Luca Brasi and adopted son Tom Hagen.  Meanwhile, Michael, Fredo, and Connie are still just children.  This book is a must read if you enjoyed The Godfather-it’s probably a sure bet also that a movie will be made.  The author can only hope for a blockbuster movie like Puzo’s!

Stacy W.

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