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Luciano's Luck Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Jack Higgins is the master.” —Tom Clancy
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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the US government's desperate attempt to persuade
the Mafia to assist them during World War II.
Don Antonio Luca, the "Boss of All Bosses"
of the Mafia in Sicily has the power to drive all
Nazi forces out of Italy and Sicily, but he has an extreme dislike for Americans
and is reluctant to help them in any way.
Only two people have the slightest chance of persuading
him: his only granddaughter who ran away
from him years ago, and Lucky Luciano, the
most feared gangster in America.
General Eisenhower is willing to take advantage of any means to make the Allied invasion in Sicily a success. The Allied leaders want to gain the intervention of the Sicilian Mafia Godfather, Don Antonio Luca, to give the word to the Sicilian people to support the American and Allied efforts. To accomplish this British Professor/intelligence officer, Harry Carter, is sent to a New York prison to seek the help of Gangster, Mafia leader, Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Carter pulls Luciano from prison to meet with President Roosevelt who implies that Luciano's parole would go favorably if he helps his country in this matter.
Luciano isn't inclined to believe the Don will be helpful but they pick up the Don's estranged Granddaughter, Maria, a Nun and a nurse, to help gain access and for an extra voice for convincing him. Carter, Luciano and Maria are teamed up with two American Rangers, one of whom clearly hates Luciano. They parachute into a small village in Sicily to join with resistance leaders who have to hide them from Nazi troops as they wait to meet with the Don.
I thought the characters were well developed for the roles in the story. This story contains elements of intrigue, danger, arrogance, brutality, loneliness, a touch of romance, stubbornness, forgiveness, sacrifice and `luck.' I was surprised to learn this bit of history where the American President engages the services of the Mafia. I enjoyed the few meetings described between Carter and General Eisenhower and tried to jot down what may have been quotes but I did not find them so they may be part of the fiction. That is one draw back of audio books that you cannot mark a spot to check it later, especially when you are driving.Read more ›
Research Librarian, semi-retired
After I read a couple of mentions of Higgins in books on writing, I pulled this off the library shelf. Higgins knows how to get right into the action of a story and move the plot to adventure. He skillfully sets all the elements in place to give a dramatic story with action and conflict. The characters are a step above cardboard cut-outs, serving to propel events, and scenes are quick-cut, keeping the reading at a brisk pace. In all, it's a quick read that isn't entirely predictable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An entertaining WWII novel about the Mafia's involvement in the invasion of Sicily. Based on rumors believed to be true.Published 7 months ago by M. Norquist
Very interesting read, my only wish that the book would have spent more time on Luciano as he was the book's most interesting character for me personally.Published 9 months ago by Claudia Pepin
This was an interesting historical novel. I was disappointed in the number of expletives. Why is that necessary. The story is well written and keeps your interest.Published 14 months ago by entdr