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What made the experience of listening to Gangster Nation the most enjoyable?
What kind of writer gets me to feel empathy for a mobster hit man? A good one. Is the whole story line believable? Maybe not, but it's a fun story anyway. One reason we care about Sal/David is the way he is so in love with his wife that he doesn't stray to other women--even after three years. It would be so easy to rationalize that, and Goldberg makes it feel real.
The other POV characters are equally interesting and emotionally charged. Goldberg makes some painful choices in this story--surprising ones that had me literally gasping out loud. I won't put any spoilers in this review, but it should be no surprise that not everyone in a book titled Gangster Nation makes it out alive and unharmed.
What other book might you compare Gangster Nation to and why?
Probably Gangsterland...they are two books in the same series.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
At the end, I wanted to hit Tod, just a little bit. But that's the way I always feel when I come to the end of a fully entertaining story. "Nooooo....I WANT MORE!"
Any additional comments?
My ONLY peeve is that the narrator doesn't know how to say Nevada correctly. Even Sal would get it after living there for three years. :P