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“Joseph Barboza is the most dangerous individual known.”–FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1965
Joe Barboza knew that there were two requirements for getting inducted into the Mafia. You had to be Sicilian. And you had to commit a contract killing. The New Bedford-born mobster was a proud Portuguese, not Sicilian, but his dream to be part of La Cosa Nostra proved so strong that he thought he could create a loophole. If he killed enough men, if he did enough of the Mafia's dirtiest biddings, then they would have no choice but to make him a Made Man.
Barboza's brutal rise during one of the deadliest mob wars in U.S. history became the stuff of legend, both on the bloodied streets of Boston and in the offices of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General. He took sick joy in his crimes, and it became increasingly difficult for the mob to keep the Animal on his leash. But soon the hunter became the hunted. Betrayed by the mob and now on the run, Boston's most notorious contract killer forged a Faustian bargain with two unscrupulous FBI agents–a pact that would transform the U.S. criminal justice system. From false testimony and manipulated evidence that sent mob leaders to death row, to the creation of the Witness Protection Program so the feds could protect their prized, cold-blooded witness, this was the horrific, dramatic first act in a story of murder and FBI corruption still being played out today in the news and the courtroom with the capture and trial of Whitey Bulger. Barboza's legacy, buried for years thanks to the murders or deaths of its participants, is finally coming to light and being told in its unvarnished brutality by one of America's most respected crime writers.
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For you true crime fans out there I would highly recommend you read “Animal”. Being from Boston I may be a little bias do to the fact the books setting is my backyard . But it still reads brilliantly. Casey Sherman did a lot of homework on the subject of Joe “The Animal” Barboza. As a kid who grew up in and around Boston you would here stories of these larger than life Mobsters, and to read it in print you can't believe the stories really happened. The book starts out with Barboza as a youth and swiftly progresses to how Joe got the nickname “The Animal”. And that nickname fits perfectly. I don't think there is a better name for him. A ruthless killer who's only dream was to be the first Portuguese to become a Made Man in the Italian Mafia. By being the most vicious killer Barboza thought the Mob Bosses would have to let him in. So if you like good Mafia related books defiantly give “Animal” a try. I personally couldn't put it down.
Ok so here is the video trailer on my book The Nation. I am pretty impressed on how it turned out and hope you enjoy it.
Two cousins from Boston watch a movie and it gives them the idea to start a hooligan firm for baseball. Watch as Jack and Bobby’s lives get turned upside down as they are forced to test their relationships to see their firm succeed.
The Nation is one goodread that should be in everyone’s bookcase. The story is very well written and I think Ben Bayani does an excellent job of painting a clear picture for the reader. The author’s descriptive style and street talk dialogue makes this an enjoyable and entertaining read. The book focuses on a pair of cousins who live to support their Boston team at any cost. They form a fighting firm and in the process gain national attention through newspaper headlines. These boys put their lives on the line for their team. This story is action packed and stresses the importance of loyalty, trust, and honor. The book is well worth the short time it takes to read. I highly recommend this to any sports fan or Boston natives. I hope to see the sequel in the near future.
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Jack’s mother passed away before he had graduated high school, putting his father into a deep alcoholic depression. His father ended up losing because of this leaving Jack, the oldest brother of three, in a tight bind. He could have gone to college, but he was afraid of how his brothers would get food and other things they needed, not to mention his fathers abuse of the youngest and smartest brother, Jerry. This is where he meets Ray who, for lack of better terms gives him an offer he can’t refuse. He offers him to become a part of an “Irish family” who run rackets, loan sharks, you know the works. As Jack gets older he takes to family business fast and moves through the ranks. He puts his brother Jerry through Harvard and supports his middle brother’s, Tommy, boxing career. As Tommy goes for the title in Madison Sq. Garden, Jack is approached by the Irish family (In representation of the Italian family) from New York and is told to make Tommy throw the fight. Tommy had been training for that day his whole life and Jack wouldn’t allow him to throw it all away. Now because of his disobedience, Jack not only has to watch out for his Irish family, but also the Italians.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, 10/10. I loved this book from beginning to end. Curry really shows the struggles of a family when a disaster hits and how much pressure is put on the oldest brother when both parents are dead. I could put more into the description, but I don’t want to ruin anything. This is my favorite book and the only one I have read more than once.
Julia Hamill makes a disturbing discovery in her home in rural Massachusetts, a skull. She finds out that it is a female and the owner of the skull was murdered. Tess takes us on a journey back to 1830 Boston to track who the skull belongs to. Here we meet Norris Marshall, a brilliant medical student at Boston Medical College, who takes up a job as a resurrectionists (People who take bodies from the grave and sell them) to pay for his tuition. The death of a distinguished doctor causes Norris to become a prime suspect. We follow him as he tries to prove his innocence by tracking down Rose Connolly, the only person who might have seen the killer.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, a 7/10. Although its interesting and a genuinely good story, some parts are difficult to get through. I like this book, because Tess really paints a good picture of what Boston was like back in the 1800’s. We see how hard it was for poor people to get by and how easy it was for rich people to get away with almost anything.