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Mafia boss Michael Franzese had it all.

From the time he took a blood oath that bound him body and soul to New York's Colombo crime family, Franzese became a force to be reckoned with in organized crime. Named one of the biggest moneymakers in the mob since Al Capone by Vanity Fair, he quickly crept into the upper echelon of Mafia authority in this country. At age 35, he was the youngest mobster listed on Fortune magazine's survey of the fifty most wealthy and powerful Mafia bosses in America. Franzese hit the list at number eighteen, only five spots behind the infamous John Gotti.

The son of a notorious mob kingpin, the smart and sophisticated Franzese scaled the ladder of power quickly and was considered an heir apparent to the family's vast power. Avoiding traditional mob domains, he masterminded brilliant scams on the edge of the legitimate business world. From auto dealerships and union kickbacks to a lucrative gas–tax scheme and a successful venture in movie production, Franzese earned millions in cash every week at his peak.

Then, defying common sense and the covenant that bound him to the Colombo family, Michael did the unthinkable.

While shooting one of his films, Michael met Camille Garcia, who turned his world upside down with her innocent beauty. He fell in love with her, married her, and then began a new life that didn't include the Mafia. But nobody of Franzese's rank ever just quit the mob and started over. The old saying was that the only way to leave the Mafia was in a coffin. But Michael has somehow managed to avoid the grave after he turned his back on the past.

Today, Michael Franzese is a new man using his past experiences as a powerful tool for helping those who may be vulnerable to the same pitfalls he faced. The story he shares is that of a man who seemed to have everything the world could offer then traded it all for a new lease on life.

But what made him leave the lavish lifestyle of the Mafia?

And how has he escaped what should have been sure death after he quit the mob?

Now, in one of the most fascinating books ever written about today's Mafia, Michael Franzese reveals the answers to the many mysteries surrounding his incredible life. Walk the streets with him and find out how and why he has done what no one else managed to do––and live.

Journey with him through a life defined by two blood covenants...
...The first bound him to the mob. The second set him free.

About the Author

Michael Franzese's life is all about change. In 1986, Fortune magazine listed him as the eighteenth most powerful mobster in America. At the height of his power, he raked in millions a week through slick scams and used his wits and charm to keep the likes of John Gotti from moving in on his turf. The son of one of the most–feared mob enforcers in New York City, Michael took his own blood oath to join the Colombo crime family in 1975. But a criminal career that skyrocketed from its outset ended in 1989 when Michael quit the mob. Breaking his ties with the Mafia, he found himself part of a new blood covenant when he became a Christian. Now, Michael is a new man with a new mission in life. He travels around the world relating the experiences of his former life with students, pro athletes, business executives, at–risk youth, and anyone else who needs inspiration for life's challenges.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Whitaker House (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883688670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883688670
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, let me say that a lot of these previous reviewers are missing the point of his story. Blood Covenant is not just about his days as a mobster, but about what how and why he quit the mob in the first place. To explain his reasoning he had to give a detailed look into his background. And he does an excellent job at that. I did some digging and what Franzese says in his book is true according to what was made public. I've seen both Goodfellas and Godfather and Franzese's story puts both those movies to shame because his story is the real deal. If anything, the movies were trying to portray the mafia life; it is not the other way around for those who think that Franzese is a liar.

As for the second part of his book, it does not surprise me that so many people do not understand and accept his explanation of how he came to know Christ and the role God played in his life. By telling you how he came to completely trust in God, Franzese does a good job of creating the message that God forgives EVERYTHING that you do that is not pleasing to him. Because many people do not accept the simple concept of God's grace, so many find this book to be a blow off towards the end. It is the exact opposite. Franzese's book explains God's grace and what it did for him in ways that most pastors and other religious leaders cannot explain. That does not make him a fanatic; it means he is telling the truth...a truth many do not understand and therefore refuse to accept.

Here is my message: if you are looking for an ending that tells how he paid everyone back or how he fell back into the life, then this book is not for you. However, if you are someone who wants to see a true example of God's grace and the way he can use one person to change someone's life while getting the bonus of knowing the insides of the mafia life, I highly recommend this book to you.
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By A Customer on February 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are into the "Sopranos" or anything that's related to the Mafia, this book is for you. It's a super-charged tale of a man who was a kingpin in one of the five New York City crime families. This slick schemer was raking in millions a week, and then he decided it was time to do something that defied common sense. Want to know what? Then buy this book! You won't want to put it down!
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By A Customer on April 25, 2003
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I am just amazed by this story. Michael Franzese was a REAL mobster. And he just walked away from it. I didn't think that was possible! This guy was the real deal, and he has the criminal record to prove it. Tried three times by Rudy Guliani, millions of dollars scammed from the government, and he just walks away-- all because of a girl!!!
The fact that he is still alive today is an amazing testament to his faith. I have learned so much from this book, not only about this life that I knew so little about, but about the ability for one person's life to make such an incredible U-turn. This is a MUST-read!
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I had never heard of Michael Franzese up until about a month ago. I think I had heard about his infamous father Sony Franzese but really only sketchy information. Then one day while listening to a rock radio station I caught the last five minutes of a lengthy interview with Michael. I heard enough to catch my attention and see him live at The Rock church here in San Diego. I listened to him testify and talk about his mob days and was blown away. I had to read his book. I'm glad I did because it was an amazing story that is much more than a mob story, it is a story about redemption and the power of Jesus. The mob story is fascinating in of itself. Michael tells about all the wrong he did before giving his life to Jesus and believe me he was a mobster. A made man of the mob usually doesn't get out without getting whacked but so far Michael is walking around amongst us. The dirty deeds comprise most of this book and that is what sells books. Franzese does not hit you over the head with constant references to his being another type of soldier now but after reading this story you'll know that is the underlying message that is most important. If telling about life in the mob is the vehicle to reaching people than Franzese's old life is the foundation for doing the real work he was intended for. This is an American story that is absolutely incredible. That a mobster could change so dramatically is amazing. Read this book for a good mob story but don't loose track of the greater story.I hope and pray that Michael continues to reach people everywhere. "When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord....even his enemies live at peace with him." Read this book, it is a great story.
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Like I said I recently meet and attended a talk given by Michael. He apparently has a speaking ministry too. He gives talks to school teens, churches, clubs and even professional sports teams. Who knows what's in the heart of this man, but some reviewers here claim to know. Too funny, but I can see why people are cautious and I was too. I guess if you are close minded or anti-christian you are threathen by this man's story and life. Why he does not repay the estimated 800 million that he obtained while in the mob is probably because he does not have that much cash now and this was a business that he is no longer a part of. He did do over 8 years in prision for these crimes! I try to look objectively at things and from his speech he seems to regret his former life and the people it hurt. He has a bunch of kids now too and was even regreting the expense of sendin them to college, just like I did with my kids.
This man's story unusal and IS backed up by credible sources and just maybe there are forces at work in our lives that logic and reason don't quite grasp.
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