Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review: Born Mobster

Title Born Mobster
Author Paige Dearth
Release Date September 29, 2016

Seven-year-old Tony Bruno is an outcast among his peers. Bullied by his classmates and rejected by his father, Tony is lonely and desperate. Tired of being bullied, Tony strikes back. In one act of blind courage, he shifts the balance of power.

When Tony becomes a teenager, a new kid named Salvatore Morano transfers to his school and becomes the object of ridicule. Tony feels compelled to help the new kid. He has no idea who Salvatore is and what it means to be his friend.

Soon Tony is sought out by Salvatore’s father, Johnny Morano, the godfather of the Philadelphia Mafia, to help protect his son. Tony, who has admired the Italian mob from a distance, has always been fascinated by the Mafia’s power. He quickly learns that with power comes sacrifice. Tony will be forced to draw upon strength from deep within to survive his new, unwanted life. From the dark corners of his new world, Tony is driven to emerge from the fires of hell to find happiness.

Born Mobster is a haunting story of one bullied child who is deprived of love and taunted by corrupt individuals along his journey. Follow Tony through his rite of passage and experience the brutalities, murders, love, and honor that finally force Tony to become the man he was born to be.

I have to admit that I almost decided against this book because of the cover. Honestly, it kind of creeps me out. Maybe it's the dead eyes or something. I don't know. Anyway, I pushed past the creepy cover and gave Born Mobster a chance since it sounded like something I'd enjoy.

Before I go any further, I want to throw out a warning. This book has some pretty disturbing elements. It was definitely more raw than I was prepared for. Abuse, both physical and sexual, play a strong role throughout the book. While it was hard to read at times, it felt necessary to tell Tony's story.

That being said, I really loved this book. While I might have questioned whether some parts were a bit too over the top, nothing was so unbelievable that the story was ruined for me. It was a strong, powerful story that will stick with me.

Don't let the creepy cover throw you off. This is an outstanding book with quality writing that keeps you turning the page until the very end.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Fiction with Meaning, LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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