3 out of 4 stars
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Freddy Rufino and Joe Petrucci decided to hire a luxurious limousine to drive them to their high school graduation dance. This prompted them to contemplate how they could amass considerable wealth in their twenties. Freddy never wanted to work hard and labor for a meager pay all his life. He wanted to experience a life where he had a lot of money at his disposal. This would enable him to do anything he desired and visit any place in the world anytime. They knew this would never be possible if they followed the conventional ways of making money. Consequently, Joe, Reno, and Willie accepted Freddy’s proposal to begin making their own money. This venture would cause them to plan and meticulously execute notable heists that hit the headlines. Furthermore, they also had to deal with betrayals and confront formidable and organized opponents who had been in the business for many years.
Family Honor was authored by Frank Racco and published in 2008. The book is approximately 586 pages long and is divided into thirty-three chapters. The primary setting of the book is in Montreal, Canada, and the story begins in the spring of 1973. It is narrated in the third person. The author has always enjoyed writing from his teenage years, and this novel testifies to his prowess in writing. It was gripping from the first to the concluding page.
The story of the four young men was compelling. The author compiled it so magnificently that the characters endear to the reader even though they were engaging in drug trafficking and other illegal businesses. One followed their journey from when they were working at odd jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Their ambitious nature made them visualize what they wanted and then forced them to work to fulfill their dreams. Loyalty, respect, and trust enabled them to stick together. I admired the fact that they also helped their friends and henchmen to get rich as well by rewarding them immensely. No one was left behind if they stuck to the rules laid down by their bosses.
It is hard to state what I liked most about the book because it was excellently written. The story was believable, and the conversations were lively too. The plot was also adequately built. The principal characters were brilliantly and realistically developed as well. Despite their pinpoint accuracy in planning and execution, the friends experienced some shortcomings as well. What I appreciated most about the four friends was that they remained loyal to each other to the end. They constantly reminded themselves about their respective contributions and flaws as well when tensions that threatened to divide them arose. In this manner, they stuck together to the end.
The language employed in the book was straightforward. Editing was poorly done, though, because I discovered many minor grammatical errors in the book. This is the only thing that was a bit off-putting. Therefore, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I enthusiastically recommend it to all ardent fans of crime and thriller books. The book is unsuitable for children as it contains sexual innuendos.
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