The Family Corleone,” by Ed Falco, tells the story of Vito Corleone’s bloody rise to power, in a prequel to “The Godfather.”. The Family Corleone Author Ed Falco Country United States Language English Genre Crime Publisher Grand Central Publishing Publication Date May 8, Luca is one of the major players in The Family Corleone, the new Godfather prequel Ed Falco assembled from material left behind by Puzo.

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It really did drive me nuts. Wasn’t his own life threatened at age nine? It all seemed to be a hopeful set up for a “prequel” movie.

I had a hard time with all of Vito’s dialog; Falco had difficulty putting a voice to him. Sonny is explained in detail but, like many people, I don’t care. 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 Godfatheras well as introduce it to a whole new generation. May 30, Mike rated it liked it. Have you ever met an Irish person, Ed Falco?

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Not so in this book. A true student of the genre, and the Corleones in particular, Falco captures even te minutest of mannerisms and speech patte I was hesitant to accept the notion of another writer trying to carry on Mario Puzo’s work and constantly found myself looking for weakness in Falco’s writing, characterization, and flow.

It’s certainly not a spoiler that we’d get some background story on Luca and Sonny, not to anyone that’s seen or read the original. The biggest flaw is that the account given as to what Sonny witnesses Vito falvo that Sonny uses as leverage to get Vito to allow him into the “family” is substantially different in this book than in “The Godfather.


My one complaint thd that the climax at the end of the book was a bit of a let down.

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And when I was reading it on public transportation, I nearly missed my stop more than once, if that tells you anything. Despite it’s flaws, it has all the basic tenets the novels in this genre have.

At first, the reader does not realize what the words mean. Wasn’t his mother killed by the mafia in Sicily? Though she did have a knife to the Don’s throat. That made it fan fiction. I had picked this book as my first Summer reading because well. Not even mentioning the fact that the book contradicts FACTS established in The Godfather I thought Capone’s second gunman choked to death on his rag in fear after watching Luca Brasi dismember his partner?!

Oct 23, Alex Flores Rodriguez rated it liked it. It’s not a comment on the author, because it is what the don would have done, rather it’s a complaint at how it had to be.

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But after the disaster that was the third “Godfather” film, I can see why it was never made. This, Falco’s novel, being a prequel, seemed famioy a good place to start.

Jun 26, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: The first half of the book definitely reads like a screenplay: Touching off a skirmish between the two families, Sonny and his gang found they had to stop being independent and come into the fold. Though I would also suspect that this novel is the first step towards getting the prequel film green-lit.


This book is spot-on as a prequel to The Godafather. I suppose they do endanger the lives of women and children. I began this book famkly it. It’s not a perfect book, and the edition I read even had some spelling errors. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny – 17 years-old, impatient and reckless – wants something else: But Dorleone don’t want to give away any surprises that are packed in the cannoli.

Undoubtedly since it would require little rewriting to make it a screenplay. I’m very excited that I finally read this introduction to dirty murder. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Former mob guys like Bill Dwyer went into legitimate businesses.

A prequel is a book, which antedates the original book and brings to life the development of the characters that made up the original story. This croleone everything I wanted to read as an introduction to the Mafia and very well planned murder cases. The entire Corleone Family is here: I’ve been trying to aflco stingy with my 5 star reviews, saving them for something really great like Borges, but less than five for this book wouldn’t do it justice.

At times a hard read, as his style seems choppy at best. Books by Edward Falco.