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review 2018-04-13 20:18
Gambino: The Rise: A Novel Based on the True Story - James E. Pierre

This should be made into a movie! It's the story of Carlos Gambino, head of the Gambino family of the La Cosa Nostra. His beginnings, how he came to America, and his rise to become one of the major organized crime figures in America. And of the various "gangsters" he was involved with. It flows along very well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. As to those who are trying to diminish the author through the leaving of negative reviews.....it's a novel! It states that right on the front cover! So the author made some mistakes, having people traveling on the interstate instead of a highway. So what? Go with the story, which was the rise of Gambino. Quit being so negative. I, for one, cannot wait for the next installment of the author's story. I hope it comes out soon!

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review 2017-08-08 16:37
The Empty Frame - based on a true story
The Empty Frame: Based on a true story - Karolina Robinson


The devoted Holy Father, Richard Mikutavic comes face to face with his passion for antique collectables when local
criminals become interested in his possessions. 

The details of the investigation that followed THE CRIME THAT SHOCKED THE COUNTRY were later introduced into the FBI’s Art Crime Division officer training program.




My review:


This book is a true story recalling the events of the tragic fate that father 
Ričardas Mikutavičius welcomed. he was killed and many of his paintings were
stolen, some are till missing to this day.


I liked the light approach of the story at the beginning, it had such a light atmosphere that you feel like you're reading something 100% out of fiction

The characters had a very realistic tone which i appreciated, because personally
i don't enjoy the over dramatic effects.

Before the robbery the events were slow and calm but after it things picked 
up very quickly 

It was fun seeing the investigation unfold and seeing how the police
officers dealt with the evidence, but i found the criminal's behavior more interesting, 
seeing how they lie and twist the true events to serve their benefits.

"This was a silly mistake.now Beleck knew,he was a person of interest
in father richard's case. and he would do anything to get his ass cleared,

I always loved Karolina's writing because of it's simplicity
and it always goes straight to the point 
which makes reading her stories a quick process and never boring.

I would recommend this for people who are interested in anthropological criminology, because the story isn't very heavy yet still interesting.

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review 2017-04-26 16:13
Based on a True Story - Delphine de Vigan,George Miller

I can tell you that I almost gave up on this book. The author took way to long to get into the meat of this story. She just went on and on about L. I was seriously getting sick of L and was ready to throw the book across the room.

Not exactly sure why I did, but I continued on. Am I glad I did? The ending told me why the author carried on, but I still think she went overboard. She could have shortened it a lot more and I think it would have kept me more interested.

Thanks to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.

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review 2017-04-17 20:33
Based on a True story - or how to spoil movies for the masses.
Based on a True Story - Delphine de Vigan,George Miller

Based on a true story really wasn't for me. But I should make it clear that in this case it is most definitely the story rather than the writing quality that was my issue. I actually rather loved the way Delphine De Vigan writes so I'll hopefully read some more from her in the future.

This is about this book though.

Problem being this has been done before and honestly? In my opinion better. The mysterious meeting of two minds, an ongoing friendship developing that becomes toxic or perhaps mutually destructive, with an ambiguous open ended maybe whatever finale that supposedly leaves the reader in a whirl but honestly, left me slightly flat. The lilting beautiful prose is what held me in the novel not the telling of the tale.

And seriously I'm sorry but you know there probably are people out there in the world who have not yet seen the intensely brilliant "The Usual Suspects" but have always intended to do so, who may decide to read this novel. The author lays out the ending of The Usual Suspects in full, including the final scenes in that movie (which DID leave me in a whirl and is cleverly, insanely excellent) thereby giving away all its secrets and even some of the nuances. Why???? Why would you DO that. It irritated me beyond all reason - LUCKILY I have seen that movie, no spoiler for me. I believe it was to make comparisons to how the character in "Based on a True Story" was feeling but you know sorry this was no Usual Suspects and this character is no Kayser Soze. No. Just no.

2* for the beautiful writing but you can keep the rest.

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review 2017-03-16 01:19
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Sadako and the thousand paper cranes - Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a heartbreaking story about a young girl who attempts to fulfill the legend of folding one thousand paper cranes to make her well again. It is a story of hope and perseverance.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes received a score of 630L on the Lexile scale making it suitable for most end year third graders. This would be a good story to teach about Hiroshima and the disaster it faced when a bomb destroyed it during WWII. It could be used as a continuation of a history lesson, and students can write letters to Sadako and fold them into paper cranes. 

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