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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mario Puzo Narrator: Michael Imperioli Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mafia Trilogy Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417382
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Mario Puzo spent the last three years of his life writing Omerta, the concluding installment in his saga about power and morality in America. In The Godfather, he introduced us to the Corleones. In The Last Don, he told the wicked tale of the Clericuzios. In Omerta, Puzo chronicles the affairs of the Apriles, a family on the brink of legitimacy in a world of criminals.

Don Raymonde Aprile is an old man wily enough to retire gracefully from organized crime after a lifetime of ruthless conquest. Having kept his three children at a distance, he’s ensured that they are now respectable members of the establishment: Valerius is an army colonel who teaches at West Point, Marcantonio is an influential TV network executive, and Nicole is a corporate litigator with a weakness for pro bono cases to fight the death penalty. To protect them from harm, and to maintain his entrée into the legitimate world of international banking, Don Aprile has adopted a "nephew" from Sicily, Astorre Viola, whose legal guardian made the unfortunate decision to commit suicide in the trunk of a car. Astorre is an unlikely enforcer—a macaroni importer with a fondness for riding stallions and recording Italian ballads with his band.

Though Don Aprile’s retirement is seen as a business opportunity by his last Mafia rival, Timmona Portella, it is viewed with suspicion by Kurt Cilke, the FBI's special agent in charge of investigating organized crime. Cilke has achieved remarkable success in breaking down the bonds between families, cultivating high-ranking sources who in return for federal protection have violated omerta—Sicilian for “code of silence,” the vow among men of honor that, until recently, kept them from betraying their secrets to the authorities.

As Cilke and the FBI mount their campaign to wipe out the Mafia once and for all, Astorre Viola and the Apriles find themselves in the midst of one last war, a conflict in which it is hard to distinguish who, if anyone, is on the right side of the law, and whether mercy or vengeance is the best course of action.

Rich with suspense, dark humor, and the larger-than-life characters who have turned Mario Puzo’s novels into modern myths, Omerta is a powerful epitaph for the Mafia at the turn of a new century, and a final triumph for a great American storyteller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “More tasty twists than a plate of fusilli…Cunning entanglements with an FBI gangbanger, crooked cops, and strong women sauce up this deft and passionate last novel by the Balzac of the Mafia.”

    Time

  • “Puzo suffuses the novel with many of the ingredients his readers crave, tantalizingly documenting the lavish lifestyles and sexual exploits of his hot-blooded characters.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Fascinating pop entertainment…Puzo doesn’t disappoint, in the tangled tale of the legacy bequeathed by venerable Don Raymonde Aprile…The surprises keep coming as the body count increases…Nobody did it better.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[An] operatic thriller, his most absorbing since The Sicilian…The novel is unpredictable and bracing, but its greatest strength is Puzo’s voice, ripe with age and wisdom…This is pulp raised to art and a worthy memorial to the author, who one last time makes the readers an offer they can’t refuse.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Essentail reading for fans of HBO’s Sopranos series…On many a beach or poolside this summer readers will run the risk of sunburn because Omerta will have grabbed their imaginations.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • Omerta is great fun to read…Full of action and invention, written in the high earnestness and wicked playfulness of Puzo’s best style.”

    Trenton Times

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mohan | 2/16/2014

    " The story was full of shallow conspiracies. 2* is about right for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandon Sowers | 2/10/2014

    " interesting book very good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zubin Naushad | 2/4/2014

    " truly Puzo's book through and through.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murtaza Ali shah | 1/23/2014

    " One of the most amazing Mafia/Underworld books that I've read. Puzo you know how to write bro, RIP. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seracer2003 | 1/17/2014

    " another great puzo mafia book! I loved this book! It was more modern time than The godfather... sort of more along the lines of The Last Don... But set in New York and "the old country"... a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/15/2014

    " I gave this book a shot because of the Godfather. I finished it because of the Godfather. I'll stick to the Godfather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/12/2014

    " I had this book from when I was a kid. Love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ami | 1/7/2014

    " This book sadly lacks the finesse and depth of The Godfather. There's lots of action, but very little substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suleiman | 1/2/2014

    " Some loose ends,but generally satisfactory! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shebin | 12/30/2013

    " Similar to the plot of God Father, but not as great ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jpl1966 | 12/25/2013

    " Lots of interesting characters, lots of backstabbing, and vengeance. Pretty good, I wanna get to know Rosie myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Javier | 12/23/2013

    " A page-turner... This is the first Mario Puzo's novel I ever read... I think I'll check for more or his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Soraya | 12/18/2013

    " it so latinos ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kameswari | 12/6/2013

    " A classic mobster book. could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liza Martin | 12/1/2013

    " This was my fourth read by Mario Puzo, and what I consider his weakest novel. The writing, plot twists, and character development just weren't as crisp as the other three I read, and the ending fell a bit flat, but it won't stop me from reading his entire catalog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mahareni Maldini | 11/27/2013

    " Baru kali ini bc Mario Puzo.Sumpah...lgsg mblenger sm dunia mafioso.Aplg liat daftar buku pengarang ini yg kbnyakan tt mafia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irsyad | 7/25/2013

    " I think it was good Mafia & conspiracy novel written by the maestro Mario Puzo, but the Godfather is the best for me we get very different sense with the predecessor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberto Ruiz | 3/26/2013

    " Definitvamente es una obra nada afortunada de Mario Puzo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabur76 | 3/6/2013

    " Not very impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richie Urban | 3/4/2013

    " Great Sequel to the Last Don...Very quick read. I must agree with some of the previous reviews - Puzo's writing style seemed a bit "Dumbed Down" for this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayan | 2/23/2013

    " lagi-lagi maria Puzo, sudah ga diragukan deh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hari | 1/25/2013

    " Godfather stuffff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noura | 11/26/2012

    " It was enjoyable though not as good as his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoai | 11/21/2012

    " great mafia book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krzysztof | 9/15/2012

    " Interesting action and plot, colourful characters - it's great book when you want to spend some time reading. It's easy to read, but on the other hand I forgot about the book just after finishing it. If you want to relax - it's a good choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Latree Manohara | 9/15/2012

    " since I started 'writing', friends has suggested me to read more local literary books. this is the first time after at least 5 years, I again read books that focus more to the conflict than the words. and I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kedar | 8/24/2012

    " Enjoyed reading it. One of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/6/2012

    " Good story, what you expect from a great mafia / gangster author. Not as good as The last Don, but still an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J.K. | 6/11/2012

    " Love anything by Puzo. Fantastic read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ericka Reifman | 5/28/2012

    " My favorite Puzo novel! "

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About the Author
Author Mario Puzo

Mario Puzo (1920–1999) was born in “Hell’s Kitchen” on Manhattan’s West Side, New York City. Following military service in World War II, he attended New York’s New School for Social Research and Columbia University. In addition to his best-known novel, The Godfather, and other books, he wrote several screenplays including Superman and all three Godfather movies, for which he received two Academy Awards.