Reading Ghost Blogger Reviews "Last Great Mafia Empire"

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We'd like to give a shout out to the Reading Ghost blogger for crafting a review of Inside the Last Great Mafia Empire that highlights a key aspect of our approach to writing The Cicale Files series.

Mob books such as Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires tend to provide detailed overviews of organized crime, focusing on a particular crime family, city, or period of time. Often an abundance of names, biographies, storylines, dates and other details swamp the reader. 

And we have wondered how much most readers really take away from these books once they finish the last page...

As bloggers writing about the subject, we of course love these books and we eagerly consume even the footnotes and details regarding source material. But in this case we refer to the mainstream reader, not only the Mafia junkie.

So with The Cicale Files, we attempt to offer an overall smaller work at a lower price that maintains a tight focus on clear, simple story lines, in the hopes that the book is easier to navigate. And maybe, just maybe, once they have finished the book readers will experience some kind of an emotional resonance.

"My experiences with books about the Mob is that they have been quite confusing with a lot of names, MOB names and a lot of uncles etc. So it was a wonderful surprise reading "Cosa Nostra News: The Cicale files, Vol 1: Inside the Last Great Mafia". It is well written, and doesn't leave you confused.  
Scarpo and Cicale have done a great job with this book. It gives you a good insight into the life of a Mobster. When hearing about the Mafia our thought are often associated with the colorful movies of Hollywood.  
I pictured black and white images in my head from a time long gone, as Scarpo and Cicale took us back in time to the mob from the 1930s all the way up to modern times.  
The book is short, but very much informative, so informative, that I would like to learn more."


  1. Renee Graziano is sooooo disgusting - both in character and looks. I can't believe any son would not be ashamed to have a mother like that. She's like a pig, just an animal. I don't know her personally, I only know her father; met him once in Queens, but just seeing her and seeing her a couple of times on the show - she's sick. I wonder how her son felt seeing his old, junkie mother on a "pole". I'm sure that would make any son proud! No class zero. LOL...LMFAO

  2. Ok, this is TOO FUNNY! Does this look like 3 football players dressed up in women's clothes for a costume party? OMG! Talk about train wrecks! Why do people do this to themselves? You'd think they had close friends of family that would tell them when enough is enough. We all know what Angela looked like before... "the accident" LOL and Renee... OMG, that's just a hopeless case all in itself.


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