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The Godfather's Revenge
The Godfather's Revenge
Country
Language
English
Genre
Crime
Publisher
Publication Date
November 7, 2006
Media Type
Print (hardback & paperback) & audio book
Pages
496 p (hardcover), 624 p (paperback)
Preceded By

The Godfather's Revenge, a 2006 novel written by author Mark Winegardner, is the sequel to The Godfather, The Sicilian, and The Godfather Returns. The story takes place from 1963-1964, and picks up the story from where The Godfather Returns left off. The novel deals with the escalation of Michael's uncertainty, his regret, and his guilt-ridden conscience, with Nick Geraci's plots of revenge, with Tom Hagen being implicated in a murder, and organized crime's battle with a presidential family.

Plot summaryEdit

The story begins with Michael Corleone having a dream in which his brother Fredo, whom he had killed, warns him of a coming threat. At the same time, the apparition tries to give Michael a message, which he doesn't comprehend.

Carlo Tramonti, a boss of the New Orleans crime syndicate, is introduced as he is sent out of the country by the INS to Colombia, which is claimed he is a citizen of. Meanwhile, Attorney General Daniel Shea declares his war on the Mafia. Tom Hagen meets with a CIA agent Joe Lucadello in a Protestant church in Florida. Lucadello informs Hagen that Nick Geraci, a former caporegime for the Corleone's has turned up. The story then outlines Nick Geraci's survival in an underground cave under Lake Erie, and how he becomes ready to take his revenge. He contacts his father, who helps him get away, and plots his revenge with Momo Barone. Meanwhile, Hagen is framed for the murder of a woman with whom he had an affair.

Nick Geraci reunites with his family, beginning his revenge against Michael Corleone:

  • He drowns Tom Hagen in the Florida Everglades. Geraci then sends Michael a package containing a dead baby alligator along with Hagen's wallet, a message similar to the one that is sent to Sonny Corleone in the original novel following Luca Brasi's death.
  • He meets with Momo Barone, and promises him the title of consigliere if he agrees to help. Momo agrees, and provides Geraci information on Michael Corleone's daily routine.
  • Jimmy Shea, an old friend of the Corleones, is assassinated just before his re-election as the President of the United States (Shea is analogous to John F. Kennedy).
  • Geraci contacts Don Stracci and asks for his help to send Michael Corleone by a vote out through the commission. Nick ultimately gets the votes to overthrow Michael.

Don Stracci asks Nick to meet Don Greco, the Greek, who also because of Stracci's influence was to vote against Michael. Nick meets him at a restaurant on Staten Island. When he arrives, he realizes that Michael has walked him into a trap; Michael asks Momo Barone to shoot Nick to prove his loyalty. Nick grabs the gun, shoots two bodyguards and injures Al Neri, but is seriously wounded in the process. Eddie Paradise delivers the coup de grace, shooting him execution style.

Michael also executes the following people:

  • Carlo Tramonti is shot at the back of his head and thrown off on the highway.
  • Carlo's brother Agostino who sought to re open his brother's murder dies of "natural causes".
  • Joe Lucadello has an ice pick rammed into his eye.
  • Renzo Sacripante is strangle in a bar.
  • Two men were eating by the Eddie's lion.

After these events, Geraci's memoir Fausto's Bargain is published and later made into Oscar winning movies, paralleling the success of The Godfather film franchise. Starring in these movies are Deanna Dunn, who has since moved past Fredo's death, and Johnny Fontaine, who has rekindled his relationship with his daughter and married Francesca Corleone.

The book ends with Michael easing his way out of the Comission's reach, his sister Connie finally accepting their family's mortality and her position in it and with the eventuality of Richie Two-Guns and Eddie Paradise continuing the Corleone crime family legacy.

Legal isuessEdit

Paramount Pictures has stated that it has not authorised The Godfather's Revenge and that this novel tarnishes The Godfather Legacy.[1][2]

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