Official Review: Executive Hoodlum by John Costello

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Re: Official Review: Executive Hoodlum by John Costello

Post by cpru68 » 25 Apr 2018, 08:27

I took a peek at the first chapter of this one before coming to read your review, and I have to agree with all that you said here. There’s a voice to his story that isn’t really looking for fame, but almost to just share his experiences with people. This one reminds me of the movie The GodFather with the mob ties and the tight rope walk that is done after dealing with that part of society. Your review is a helpful supplement to the book with details to keep me reading. Thanks for this well done review.
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Post by Sketches_by_Shell » 25 Apr 2018, 08:33

This review tells me a little more than what I gathered so far in reading the Amazon review and the forward, and the first chapter of the book! I am ready to just drop everything scheduled for today, and read all day. Thanks for giving me some entertainment instead of doing my regularly scheduled tasks!

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Post by Laura Bach » 25 Apr 2018, 08:36

With such a good review, the book must have something. Memoir are usually boring, but they can easily get interesting with a good sense of humour and an entertaining plot. The story is of a boy raised in the streets with gangs all around who becomes an executive. I would read it for the inspirational story it is.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 25 Apr 2018, 08:52

I'm not really into memoirs normally, but this sounds as though it is well-done. I liked that the reviewer states feeling as though she knew the author by the time she was done with the book. Also, the whole climbing up and attaining the "American dream" from literally nothing is appealing. Thanks for the review!
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Post by melissy370 » 25 Apr 2018, 08:59

Not usually into memoirs but your review makes it sound so enticing. A true rags to riches story and more. The hardships that Costello had to go through to get where he is today, makes this book inspirational.

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Post by npond2017 » 25 Apr 2018, 09:01

What a great review! I'm new to memoirs and have never found interest to read them previously, however, after reading this feedback I'm genuinely interested to read this book. It sounds genuine along with the message of no matter what happens there's always light at the end of the tunnel, so I've no doubt it will be inspirational to read. :D :tiphat: :techie-studyinggray:

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Post by DrHyde_not_Jekyll » 25 Apr 2018, 09:02

Thank you for your fantastic review! I haven't read a lot of memoirs, but your review, and the book description on Amazon have sold me. Can't wait to dig into this one.

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Post by krithikagowri » 25 Apr 2018, 09:04

Thanks for the review. I am not a fan of memoirs but from your review the book sounds motivational. Especially John's past makes it a book worth reading. Though I might not read this, I definitely recommend this to others who enjoy memoirs.

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Post by rave_2 » 25 Apr 2018, 09:09

Based on this, I could tell that there was some determination in that person to be able to get to where he is today. I've kind of always liked the idea of rising up from a terrible background to something better in society. Nice review!
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Post by kfwilson6 » 25 Apr 2018, 09:13

First of all---TWO sets of twins???? That in itself is worth writing a book about.

John's life sounds very unique and interesting but I am not a huge fan of memoirs or reading anything about the mob. That kind of lifestyle is just too dark and dangerous for me to want to read about it. I had knots in my stomach in the first chapter with John sitting at the table at Mario's. Even knowing they wouldn't kill him because it was only the beginning, I was still so nervous for him.

Great review. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. It's great that he added the glossary of characters at the end to give you an update on them.

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Post by bluegreenmarina » 25 Apr 2018, 09:15

Sounds like quite a story of working ones way up from meager beginnings! I like that the writing style sounds like it is straight forward yet packed full of exciting anecdotes - adding this to my list!

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Post by Samy Lax » 25 Apr 2018, 09:21

I appreciate the way the author shares his story with sincerity. Mr. Elder’s words of praise for him just make the book that much more attractive to the reader.

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Post by mtsnel006 » 25 Apr 2018, 09:22

The memoir sounds to be beautifully written and very touch, I would appreciate the honour of reading it sometimes. It is also good that you could relate with the author in some way, as though he was a close relative. I find that to be extremely powerful when reading about someone's life - when it can be related to. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Cwynn » 25 Apr 2018, 09:23

Thanks for your review. While I am not a huge fan of memoirs, I do like true crime and based on your review think I will really enjoy this one

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Post by tamdlyte » 25 Apr 2018, 09:29

I'm not a fan of memoirs... that said, this sounds like it could almost be a fictional life that I WOULD be interested in! LOL I picked up my copy to try... :)

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