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Omnio "King" Falcone is the grandson of Don "The Butcher" Falcone, the feared and powerful boss of Detroit's reclusive Mafia faction, known simply as the "Syndicate." As the last Falcone, King is the heir-apparent to his grandfather's throne. Except there is one problem. A big one. 

He is a "difetto," not of pure Sicilian blood. As a result, he has been ostracized by much of the Syndicate. Even worse, the Commission, a secret pantheon of Mafia Bosses from all over the country, has named his Machiavellian uncle the new Boss. 

But King is a brilliant tactician. Even with the odds stacked against him, he rises through the Syndicate ranks. Many of the Family capos have grown to respect and fear him, for he commands a faithful crew of ambitious young wiseguys who have sworn their lives to him. 

After years of methodical planning and forming strategic alliances, King is on the brink of finally being accepted by the Commission when a beautiful young Mafia princess arrives into town from Sicily. Smitten, he decides he must have her as his own. Unfortunately, his arch nemesis - his nefarious cousin Anthony - has already laid claim to her. A war for her affection ensues. When the smoke clears, King is left serving a life sentence in a Federal prison, while Anthony is elevated to Syndicate underboss, ranked second only to his father, the Syndicate's new "Capo di tutti Cappi," Boss of all Bosses. 

But Don Falcone is a crafty tactician himself. He has kept a favor on the books for over 50 years, and when he finally calls it in, King emerges from prison a free man. Listen on and see what it takes...To Be a King!

©2017+ Alan Gunner Lindbloom (P)2017 Alan Gunner Lindbloom

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OMG!! I love this book!!!

I listen to audiobooks because I’m not a big reader, but I love a good mafia story. I follow the author's fan pages and am a little obsessed with King. =) I started reading the print book, and was hooked. I found out that this was in audiobook, and downloaded it last night. I’m only three hours in, and I can’t say enough about this!! It’s sooooo good. It’s like watching a movie in your mind. Gunner is my new favorite author, and I can’t stop listening. The narrator is GREAT. I hope volume 2 comes out soon. If you like The Godfather or the Sopranos or Goodfellas, you HAVE to get this!!

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Audiobook was fantastic!

Loved it, and the narrator did a great job kept me in tuned with the story!

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AWESOME book!!!

Man, this book is great, Everyone was saying this is the next Godfather but I don’t have the attention span for sitting down and reading a book. I’ve been waiting for this audiobook. Gunner is a genius, and I love the voices. The performers made it so like the movie was playing in my head. I don’t want it to end, and I haven’t taken my earbuds out. Omino Falcone IS King!!!

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Not into mafia books, but this was good.

I did enjoy the Sopranos but mafia movies and books really aren't my thing, but I did like this author's approach. It's more than just a bunch of criminals running around committing crimes and yelling explitives at each other. Omnio is a smooth operator, a real ladies, and just a likeable character all around. His actions make the character. Giovanni is his sidekick and I found the voicing for him perfect for how I was imagining the character. This is a long book, so you have to commit to it. It's a story of how one man methodically tries to gain an edge over his enemies. A little romance, some action, drama, and even a sprinkle of mafia history makes this a great audiobook. Bravo!

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Deep and detailed story

"To be a King" is, among other things, a story of loyalty, honor and temperance in a place where one would not normally expect to find it... amid a world of intrigue, violence and hedonism. This world is captured vividly by the level of detail used by the author, and by John Alan Martinson Jr.'s excellent narration.

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  • 11-02-17

Outstanding Performance, Great Story

This is a mafia story that hooks you in. I really like that Gunner Lindbloom periodically added in some history about La Cosa Nostra. It's nice to read (or listen) to a book that is written by someone who was actually part of "The Family." Gunner has written some pretty colorful characters and a detailed story about how a few young men grew their power and struggled to be recognized within the mafia. I could see this as a Hollywood movie or even a mini-series.

The performance by John Martinson was excellent and it was a nice touch to have the female characters actually be done by a lady. I'm looking forward to volume two. Highly recommended!

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best book ever

this is the type of story that has everyone who reads it wanting more and more.