Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Review: Armando's Daughter

Original Title: Armando's Daughter
Author: R.J. Blute
Publisher: R.J. Blute Enterprises
Published Date: April 1st 2011
Genre: Gang-life, Family


Sixteen year old Cassandra is pissed off. Her family's a disaster since her parents divorced. Armando, her father, is never around. But now, she really needs him. He's the only one who can help her get rid of Milton, her mom's repulsive boyfriend who keeps putting moves on her. Can she get her unavailable father to help her?

Meanwhile, Armando's got plenty of problems, too. He's tired of his gangster lifestyle, which has caused the disintegration of his family. He needs to extract his irascible mother, the Signora, from a nursing home, while enlisting her aid in averting the closing of some public pools by corrupt bigwigs who want to snatch the only source of relief from the summer heat for New York's poor and minorities.

The Signora's got the goods on some of these sleazy mover and shakers, including the great builder, Robert Moses.

But, can these three stop bickering long enough to aid each other? Can they put aside their differences to stop corrupt men from defrauding the less fortunate? Will they be able to forgive each other and become a family once more? They're all in for a bumpy ride as they take on perverts, powerbrokers, assassins and mobsters.


The author has given a 60's novel, with fun and rashness combined.

Cassandra, a 16-year old teen, is Armando's daughter.  Cassandra's character is portrayed to be a mini-skirt-loving (its 60's, so you know how it goes!), foul-mouth teenager, facing problems with her mom's boyfriend, Milton.  As Cassandra already hates Milton, based on her gut feelings, Cassandra has to take steps to 'eliminate' him, when he starts to make moves on her.  She approaches her father, Armando, a Sicilian Mafia, for help.

Although main plot-line is "Cassandra trying to kill Milton with her father's help", there are many sub-plots in the novel.  The gang life of Armando, love life of Nicole - Cassandra's mom, family problems between Armando's mom and Nicole, and the family reunion of Cassandra, Armando and his mom..well, this last sub-plot is a my favorite one in this novel.  Armando's mom is one big bad old lady, who is also in the gang.   When these three starts to plot against killing Milton, all the bickering gets fun and it doesn't look like a family which can re-unite..in any point of time.  :)

Although the novel has a good story-line, the development and delivery is not so great.  The characters have depth in them and that's a good thing, because this novel would have major fallback if this lacks.  There is a usage of more foul languages and definitely not recommended for ages below 16.

Maybe if the author could develop her story-line well enough in the future (and minimize the bad language, if possible), the author can give some better ones.

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