The Wolf

Posted April 29, 2016 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Wolf Book Cover The Wolf
Lorenzo Carcaterra
Ballantine Books

In this thrilling novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra—the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sleepers, Gangster, and Midnight Angels—organized crime goes to war with international terrorism in the name of one man’s quest for revenge.

My name is Vincent Marelli, though most people call me The Wolf. You’ve never met me, and if you’re lucky you never will. But in more ways than you could think of, I own you.

I run the biggest criminal operation in the world. We’re invisible but we’re everywhere. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however it is you spend your money, a piece of it lands in our pockets.

You would think that with that kind of power I would be invincible. You would be wrong. I made a mistake, one that a guy like me can never afford to make. I let my guard down. And because I did, my wife and daughters are gone. Murdered by terrorists with a lethal ax to grind.

That was my mistake.

But it was also theirs.

I wasn’t looking for a war with them. No one in my group was. But they’ve left me with nothing but a desire for revenge—so a war is what they’ll get. The full strength of international organized crime against every known terrorist group working today. Crime versus chaos.

We will protect our interests, and I will protect my son. We won’t get them all, but I will get my revenge, or I will die trying.

They will know my name.

They will feel my wrath.

They will fear The Wolf.

I love a good vendetta and this book definitely had one.  What would it take to make you take on international terrorism? What would push you to that limit? Well these guys crossed the wrong man.

I love the character of Vincent Marelli a.k.a. The Wolf. He is a great anti-hero.

The Wolf was packed with excitement and intensity. If you’re a fan of The Godfather this is definitely a good choice for you. You’ll appreciate the historical accuracy and references while reading. Some parts maybe drag out but all of it seemed important to the story line.

Although the storyline was compelling there were some parts of it that I wasn’t as thrilled with. Some of the characters did seem a bit one-dimensional in some areas and like I mentioned before, parts the story lagged. You certainly have to suspend disbelief in some of the action, but that’s why we read fiction right? Overall it was a fun read. It certainly wasn’t on the same level as The Godfather but it had the same feel. There’s more story involving terrorism then there was the inner workings of the mafia but you certainty get the picture.

Over all I give The Wolf 3 stars and pair it with a Wise Guy

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The Wolf

Make the Drink

0136438_480x360Invented by H.B. Stone. It is suggested not to add the dash of bitters unless Bombay Sapphire or another vapor-infused gin is used, or the drink may be too harsh. The glass has a pleasant aroma even when emptied.

1 1/2 oz Tuaca® citrus liqueur

3/4 oz Bombay Sapphire® gin

3/4 oz dry vermouth

1 dash Angostura® bitters

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a slice of lemon rind above the drink and rub along the rim, but do not drop into the drink.

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