Day of Reckoning: 08/28/06
Revenge can take down even the largest of crime families but it doesn't necessarily make for an interesting story. Perhaps if I had been of a different mind-set when I read Day of Reckoning I would have enjoyed it more but after the first hundred pages I found myself rereading the same sentence or paragraph. There are so many characters and so many different locations of simultaneous events that I felt the need to chart the plot.
Here is my BookCrossing review:
Imagine a mob family having IRA connections and gang affiliations in England to create a multinational enterprise comprising both legal and illegal operations. This is the Cosa Nostra and it's headed by the Solazzo family. In an attempt to keep their under-the-table dealings secret, the family has a journalist murdered. It is her death that begins this three hundred page tale of revenge by her ex-husband, ex-FBI agent who has friends in high enough places to bring down the family by bankrupting Cosa Nostra and killing those who participated in his ex-wife's death.
There is a lot of potential to this story but it bogs down with the sheer number of characters all taking advantage of the situation to play out their own long dreamed of plans of revenge. There are some interesting pieces like the way in which they close the casino but there aren't enough of these scenes to keep the story going.
My 33rd Birthday
Sunday was my birthday. With being nine months pregnant I really didn't want to do much other than relax at home and read a book. Ian and Sean took me out for breakfast which was lovely; Sunday is usually my morning to make breakfast.
Later Ian made a honey yellow cake with mocha frosting and Sean helped decorate it. The cake topping ended up being Pokey and I had one candle to blow out. The moist cake's flavor reminded me of tiramisu minus the bitterness of the alcohol that is usually used. It's a rather sweet cake and ten minutes after eating a small slice, Harriet started to punch and kick as the sugar hit her. It took her a good hour to calm back down!
As presents I received a puzzle book, a "new" copy of Don Quixote and a magazine subscription from my parents. I've already read through the first half of the first magazine. For dinner Ian made prime rib, baked potato and a vegetable. Yummy!