Read this book when I was is the fourth grade. I didn’t understood it well back then, all I knew about it was it’s about a young girl that was forced to stay home, manage a household and take care of a newborn baby. Nevertheless, I loved it.
Years later, I decided to look for a copy and finally found one. I’ve decided to re-read it and I was surprised that my perspective and understanding changed. The story seemed too complicated to me before to find sense in it, but right now I can tell that it’s little complexity showed nothing more but a pre-teen’s perspective about a complicated life situation she suddenly delved into.
This book tells the story of 12-year old Mandy Perritt and how she became a mother instantly to a newborn baby and how she sacrificed her love and thirst for a good education when her mother fell really ill after giving birth to her little brother.
This book is worth reading. Might even take you back to that old pre-teen feelings you had when you felt deprived of something but at the same time instills the value of appreciating whatever you have instead of thinking that you’re being deprived of for other people might have experienced worse than you did.
It’s a really interesting story, four cookies for it.
Omerta is one of Puzo’s last works but it’s just as amazing as the rest.
Here’s the plot summary from Goodreads.com:
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 claimed respectable careers in America, Astorre Viola waited for his time to come.
Now his time has arrived. The Don is dead, his murder one bloody act in a drama of ambition and deceit — from the deadly compromises made by an FBI agent to the greed of two crooked NYPD detectives and the frightening plans of a South American Mob kingpin. In a collision of enemies and lovers, betrayers and loyal soldiers, Astorre Viola will claim his destiny. Because after all these years, this moment is in his blood
What is there left for me to say for such a capturing, entertaining, and page-turning, magnificent piece of literature? I don’t mean to sound overrated here, but this book is just as magnificent as The Godfather itself.
Mario Puzo truly is a great author of mafia stories; with his knowledge of mafia stories, federal strategies and his creativity, he was able to make his readers crave for more of each of his works. I honestly find Omerta very compelling, and although I felt that there should still be more to it, I find its ending satisfying. Each page is like a movie scene, reeling before your very eyes. This book made me want to make a movie out of it.
Five delicious chocolate chip cookies for this one.
Although the story is quite predictable and the cover is a little off, still this final book in the Living with the Dead series is a better ending than I have expected.
In this last book, we follow Dave and Sarah who are living a quiet life in a farmhouse somewhere in Montana after their heart pounding adventure in the previous book. This time though, Dave was reluctant to leave the farm but Sarah thinks otherwise, until a chopper landed on their yard revealing Nicole and The Kid asking them to go back to some lab in Seattle with them, wherein they have continued the research about the cure and the process of exterminating hordes of the undead using the cure.
Eventually, Dave got Sarah to agree to go back to Seattle where the apocalypse began, and there, a new adventure began. They met new people, fought more zombies to clear out some parts of the university, fixing the fence, unfolding secrets in which Sarah had her fair share of and betrayal.
Towards the middle of the novel, Sarah confessed that she’s pregnant and she have been keeping it from Dave and everyone all along, that is why she didn’t want to leave for Seattle in the first place. But there seemed to be something wrong with their baby, it seemed that it has acquired Dave’s ‘bionic’ traits and it grows faster everyday. With this, Sarah and Dave have attracted some unexpected guests from the previous book and are now after their little Zombie.
I honestly find it quite unoriginal, with the fast paced pregnancy and the physical toll it brought to Sarah, add to that Dave’s cold reaction and feelings towards their baby. It really reminded me of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, but then again, it’s entertaining, especially that readers get to read about Dave’s thoughts about the events and an additional narrator was added when Sarah was knocked out and kidnapped towards the end of the story. At the end, as expected, they managed to survive another breathtaking and life-risking event which saved the world from further destruction and slowly restored it to become a safer and livable place.
It was still action packed and still gives me the urge to keep on reading until the very last page. And although it has become quite Breaking Dawn-ish and had some errors in the text, I still loved it. Four cookies!