The Godfather Returns – Mark Winegardner


The Godfather Returns 

Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 30, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345478983
ISBN-13: 978-0345478986 
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Michael Corleone
Tom Hagen
Fredo Corleone
Nick Geraci
Francesca Corleone


Michael Corleone. Tom Hagen. Most of the characters we’ve learned to love or hate from the Godfather movies return here. This novel takes place during the final scenes of The Godfather, and the years between Godfather and Godfather II. There is some backstory on Michael’s Childhood and war years. A lot more detail seems to be given on Fredo’s sexual desires. The basic story is Michael Corleone is trying to take his business legitimate. Other people have different ideas. Nick Geraci is a loyal member of the Corleone family, or is he? A secondary storyline involved one of the twin daughter’s of Santino “Sonny” Corleone. As you recall, Sonny was quickly turned into swiss cheese while waiting for the light to change at a toll booth. His daughter’s seem rather clueless to this fact, until one catches on and fills the other in. Does one twin posess her father’s anger streak, and if so what will the results be?

I really enjoyed this book. The author really seemed to stay true to the characters. A lot of them were fleshed out much more it seemed. Characters such as Johnny Fontane, and Fredo Corleone have a bigger story to tell. We see more details in this, such as what happened to Tessio. What happened with Fredo and why? The beginning with the parallel looks at the movie itself were a bit hard for me to understand at first. I had to pull out my DVD of the movie to see what happened at the end, the I was able to put the context of this book into it’s proper timeframe.

Due to language, violence, and things you’d expect from a gangster novel, I’d say Mature audiences recommended. As a follow up to the Godfather series though, I really liked it. If you like Mobsters, or even are a Mobster, check the book out. I look forward to the next novel “The Godfather’s Revenge” which is already in my reading queue.

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