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book review | Hunting Whitey by Casey Sherman

hunting whitey casey sherman dave wedge book reviewAuthor: Casey Sherman
Title: Hunting Whitey
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Nonfiction
Pages: 368
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Not gonna lie, I had no clue who James “Whitey” Bulger was up until reading “Hunting Whitey” by Casey Sherman. A life and death book of a legendary South Boston mob boss.

About the Book: A ruthless mob boss, self proclaimed gentleman, and a loving father to his children. James “Whitey” Bulger’s name is mentioned along side such notorious ones as Al Capone or Vito Genovese. This is a book of his long overdue capture, long and tough years in prison, and death by murder.

My Opinion: A pretty good book, well written, with plenty of details and names (an important factor for fact-checking). I’m just surprised I had no clue who this man was, since he was second most wanted man in the USA, just after Osama bin Laden.

While the book is good, and I approve of it for October, if you just want a tale of mobsters and gangsters, I’d go with something more fun, like one of those Hollywood Godfather books (there’s a few “former” gangsters who wrote amazing memoirs). But this one gets a solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Hollywood Godfather by Gianni Russo | memoir

hollywood godfather gianni russo gangster mobsterAuthor: Gianni Russo
Title: Hollywood Godfather
Series: –
Genre: Memoir; True Crime
Pages: 304
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

While “Hollywood Godfather” by Gianni Russo has its own issues and problems, deriving mostly from the times it all took place in, and the inequality dominating the masses back then, the story itself was a fascinating read.

About the Book: If you’re wondering where you’ve heard the name or seen the face – Carlo Rizzi from Godfather, and many more. A real life mobster in a movie about mobsters, and he wasn’t even the only one. Gianni Russo tells us in detail how the movie got produced, what events took place, and what people got to be in it. Being a business man at the core, he also mentions what markup he made on soda cans he was selling to the crews. From estrangement with his parents, to first business ventures re-selling pens, to meeting a mobster who’ll become a father figure, to making it in the world. Gianni Russo leaves us with words: “yes, you can“, so if you needed any more motivation…

My Opinion: It was funny to read about the need to fake danger for the bright stars rubbing shoulders with mobsters, wanting to imagine they’re part of this thrilling world. From trash bags filled with newspapers, to introductions. Even more fun was to read about all the people Gianni Russo knew, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and so on, what where they like. There’s many historical events too, mob orchestrated happenings involving politicians, assassinations, and such. And while I wish he would’ve spoken out about some issues, instead of just glossing over them, I enjoyed the book, and the people I get to know in it. Some things will never look the same ever again.

I never know how to rate a memoir. It’s one thing to rate a creation, a whole other to rate someone’s life. So, taking in writing, and how captivating it was, I give it a 5 out of 5.

 

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crime | “Crew” by Tijan | Crew 1

4Author: Tijan
Title: Crew
Series: Crew 1
Genre: Crime, Young Adult
Pages: 500
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ah. Here’s a book I would’ve loved ten years ago. Even now I thought it was pretty good. Author seems to specialize in these romances of young criminals. The only thing not up my alley was their age. Dunno, I’m almost thirty, high-school seniors just don’t cut it.

About: Bren lost everyone she loved. Her mother died of cancer. Her father drank himself until he landed in prison. Her brother lived his life until he got her guardianship trust upon him. To fill in the void Bren joined the meanest and baddest Wolf Crew. This town is all about the crews, and the gangs. There’s a very clear line between “normals” and “crew“. Everyone did their own thing, operated their own ship, and lived their own lives. Up until someone got fed up with all these dangerous and armed kids. Reforms began. Improved security, special programs, new pressure. Many lost their minds in this new bright spotlight they were put to. Masks fell, some fell with them, others rose out of their ashes. Things are about to change, and change hard.

Mine: Even though romance was better than in most books due to characters being equal counterparts in the Crew and society, I still skimmed over it. I understand we’ve all been high-school teenagers and have loved and done things, but bloody hell, I’m having easier time to process them beating each other up to a pulp than confess eternal love to one another. Another thing, due to the distinct line between normal people and crew people, it felt like reading a fan-fic about werewolf packs. You need to remind yourself these are just humans now and again. Other than that, it was pretty great. Well written, and Bren was interesting too. I knew people like her. Heck, I am still friends with a person like her. It felt familiar, and I liked that little connection.

I really didn’t want to read this book. The annotation is horrible, cheesy. But I decided to read it anyway, and so I can give it a 4 out of 5. For it was really not bad at all. Might be worth looking into Tijan’s bibliography after all.

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Paige Dearth – Born Mobster

31828238Good story with poor writing to it. “Born Mobster” by Paige Dearth (ASIN B01KVHAPV0; 506p.; Goodreads) is one of those books where you could take out all the walking, talking, sleeping, past telling and re-telling stories, constantly same reactions of listeners, episodes that don’t add anything to the plot, and can be forgotten five seconds after being read, and all the “in that moment they knew Tony would grow into the man he was meant to be”, and you’d lose half a book, but not a thing from plot. The whole “he didn’t even know how wrong he was” ending for every other chapter didn’t help the already predictable story either.

This book tells a story from when Tony was a kid, until he turned eighteen. Why is a book for adults started so early, what’s with all the pre-history, you’ll ask? Well, the abuse is kinda the point of this book, it seems. For he was picked on, beaten, tortured, almost got killed in the very first chapter, and then, at home, yet again spanked by his father, who couldn’t bear the thought of his son being so lame and weak. There’s no real goal in the story other than to torture-console. The highlight of his life was going to Italian Market with his mother, where one day he had a vision, and a spark of hope ignited in him: Mafia men. Made mobsters in suits, fearless, respected…

Salvatore Morano was just the type. New kid, possibly new meat to pick on. But as they tried, they fell short against the wall of disdain and indifference. For Salvatore was the son of Philadelphia’s Mafia Father, growing up among the crime lords, where friends are like family, and family is everything. Soon enough this attitude lured Tony in like a beacon of light in a very dark night. But whether that was for good or bad is hard to tell.

The book is both good and bad, and I can’t just understand how can this be. There’s so much, what I’d call, empty space here, with probably five total episodes that were epic, and added to the plot too, that I just had to power through chapters and chapters and several more chapters sometimes. And the cruelty is not something I’d dare recommend to anyone at all. It takes some serious nerves, lack of experience in these things (I know people who survived similar things, and I’d not dare put this book anywhere near them, for I can’t see how could they read this and not suffer in it all over again), and an ability to distance yourself from both the character AND the plot. I understand that author went through all of this, and therefor was able to write this all, and I understand how this could be educational somehow, somewhere, but it falls short when you realize it was written just for this, just for abuse, horror, torture. There was no real goal, as I said before. Tony might have been considered “born mobster”, but it was not something he was able to do anyway, until someone bigger took his hand and led him to it. From there on plot simply adjusted to the seemingly perfect little killer with kind heart. But then it still all came back to that one episode of being molested, and the need for vengeance (which I completely justify in this case). 4 out of 5 due to mobster part being interesting, and the separations between mobsters and gangsters being so distinct and well written. Author knows her stuff, she does. What she needs is a very good editor, that’s all! 

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