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Blood Covenant Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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From the Back Cover
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.
HE QUIT THE MOB.
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.
NOW HE'S A MAN ON A MISSION.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my top four books, not counting the Bible as number1. Comparing the strength of the mob, which is powerful on the streets, especially his dad, Sonny Franzese,, Columbo Crime... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a good book. This is the second time I have bought it because I didn't think I would read it again and then I really wanted toPublished 6 months ago by David Verdoorn
Not the expose I thought it would be. Interesting enough but nothing spectacular.Published 6 months ago by Alex
Saw Michael Granzese at our church. I bought the book here for a fraction of the price at Church. Just a great book at a great price!Published 6 months ago by anny