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God Plays Favorites by [Carillo, Charlie]
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Length: 225 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Charlie Carillo (Born in New York City, 1955) was a reporter and a columnist for the New York Post before becoming a producer for the TV show "Inside Edition." His first published novel, "Shepherd Avenue," was named one of the best books of the year by the American Library Association in 1986. His subsequent novels are "My Ride With Gus," "Raising Jake," "One Hit Wonder," "Found Money," "God Plays Favorites" and "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus."Charlie is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and his website is charliecarillo.com

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  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087OKFXI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Charlie Carillo's latest, "God Plays Favorites," is packed with all the essential elements that make him a great writer and adds to the great collection of his other work. There are moments of comedy in his drama and drama in his comedy, it is sentimental without being sappy, poignant without shoving it down your throat. "God Plays Favorites" takes place in present day and in late 80's New York City, it is the story of a man reflecting on his career and life after one of his mentors passes away, it shows that no matter what background we come from - rich, poor, educated, unschooled, etc., the people you meet in your life will guide you on the path of where you will end up. It is a fantastic, quick read and for the price Carillo and Amazon are charging for it, it is too good to pass up!
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Two decades - this is the span of time from the start of the story to the present time when Jack returns to Mott Street in Little Italy (NYC) for Vinnie's funeral. Jack and Vinnie only knew each other during the first of these twenty years. Around 95% of the story happened during that first year, most of the remaining 5% were flashbacks, then there was just a tiny bit that happened in the last 19 years.

Notwithstanding, the story of the friendship that developed, and the lives affected by that friendship/partnership in that one year carried the entire plot and made for one beautiful novel. The friendship between Jack and Vinnie surpassed age, race, social status, connections; proof that friendship knows no bounds. Add to that, the novel was enriched by sub-plots of the various people that Jack and Vinnie encountered in their work as newspaper journalist/photographer.

One thing I love about Charlie Carillo's books is that he is able to weave his stories from one event - be it ordinary or special - and that single event becomes the hub from which different spokes are connected to form the rim that wraps up the whole story.
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I read Shepherd Avenue by Charlie Carillo and loved it. So, I was eager to read God Plays Favorites. I wasn't disappointed. I found the bromance between Dart and Vinnie very sweet and compelling. Vinnie is a tough from the streets while Dart earned his nickname from his Alma Mater, Dartmouth. Yet they relate at a level seemingly deeper than most men do. I acknowledge that the F-bomb goes off every few seconds in this book, so if you are offended by that, you will have to miss a really great read. For me, the rough language seemed natural in the locker room-like setting of the old school news room. I wouldn't let a little bad word separate me from Mr. Carillo's wonderful storytelling and from his colorful and endearing characters. I was very moved by both of the Carillo books I've read so far. I'll read more, for sure.
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Surprising how much I liked this book. The premise is basically simple. Ivy League grad gets job at rag newspaper. Paired up with an older experienced photographer they go on different stories. But it's so much more than that. A lot happens to the main character, and most of it concerns the photographer in one way or another. By the time you reach the end, you've got stuff to think about, if you're paying attention. The book starts with a funeral, then goes into flashbacks. By the time the story got around to the funeral again, I seriously wanted to sit down and cry. Very good book.
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Like other readers I would never have found Carillo if it wasn't for Amazon and Kindles. After first reading Shepherd Avenue, I bought others by this author. I must say my favourite to date is My Ride with Gus, but I did enjoy this novel. Carillo gives you good rounded characters, you feel that you actually know them. Many are not perfect but they are very human. Obviously he is a writer that likes people, what we term a 'people person'. Always his books are a good read, and I am a great fan and have recommended him to friends.
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5 stars plus 105 stars. This is a story of what the real world is all about. The newspaper industry makes strange bedfellows. There's Al sometimes very funny, Jack the Ivy League reporter and Vinnie the guy who got a degree in the School of Hard Knocks and is a newspaper photographer. Jack and Vinnie a real odd couple work together and become friends, the kind we all think we have but rarely do. Vinnie lives on Mott St. and has for a long time and he went to school with Lucky Sal, a rather likeable shifty guy. I don't do spoilers so I'll just say This is a tough, heart warming, fast moving story. I lost a lot of sleep because I read it in one day, could not put it down.
Anyone can appreciate this story but if you have ever lived on the East side downtown New York and you remember the pillow women etc.
you will not only read this book but you will read it twice. Charlie Carillo you really made my day. Please continue to write and I will continue to read your books.
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This is the story of a young man's friendship with an older colleague. I couldn't put this book down. It had it all: first loves, challenging parental relationships, laughter, grief and me st of all, love that transcends socioeconomic lines. I highly recommend this book.
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