- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Story Merchant (April 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990943615
- ISBN-13: 978-0990943617
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gambino: The Rise Paperback – April 2, 2015
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As example, it's the early 1900's and the author has the Interstate Highway system in use, which wasn't built until the 1950's.
In an age of manual car transmissions people put the car in "Park".
He has stainless steel kitchens long before they were available.
It's the 1920's and he arms criminals with "assault weapons" which were not invented until mid-World War Two.
The story has Gambino meeting a politician in early WWII, were they mention that Al Capone is about to go to prison for a long time.
In fact Capone was sent to prison in 1931.
People are shot with shotguns, which are then described as rifles.
In one real howler, the author has hit men from Sicily known as "zips" being the equivalent of Navy SEALs.....SEALs of course, according to the author are in the Army!!.
The story is badly disrupted by being laced with anachronisms that any research at all would have found.
This raises serious questions about how well the author researched Gambino and the other historic criminals of the day, and how close to real life this book manages to come.
It is a novel, which certainly allows for some literary license, but this one pushes that license a bit too hard.
The story is further burdened by making Gambino a near god-like infallible figure.
Having never been trained to use a pistol, Gambino is still able to shoot the tires out of a police car from a good distance as well as being able to cover a pistol with a pillow and merely point the gun and still hit a victim in the head.
Because of glaring errors and a failure to do proper research as well as stretching credibility to the breaking point, I rate this as a pure fiction novel and not a true historic novel. This is on the same order as books that turn vicious Western outlaws into great Robin Hood-like heroes.
I realize the conversation is made up to fit the situation but I feel the author does a good job in portraying the individuals according to their authentic personalities. Gambino fits his laid-back and grandfatherly attitude while Anastasia comes across as a homicidal maniac which coincides with his "Mad Hatter" nickname.
I felt the author took a lot of liberties with the assassination of Albert Anastasia, but please understand this book is fiction based on true events that happened in the New York City mob. I found the book to be very entertaining and look forward to reading part two when the author completes it.