A reluctant Mafia prince... Vince Luca is just like any other high school guy. His best friend, Alex, is trying to score vicariously through him; his brother is a giant pain; and his father keeps bugging him to get motivated. There is just one thing that really sets him apart for other kids - his father happens to be the head of a powerful crime organization. Needless to say, while Vince's family's connections can be handy for certain things (like when teachers are afraid to give him a bad grade), they can put a serious crimp in his dating life. Who wants to explain to your girlfriend what your father does for a living? But when Vince meets a girl who finally seems to be worth the trouble, her family turns out to be the biggest problem of all. Because her father is an FBI agent - the one who has been watching Vince's family for years, and who wants to put his father away for good.
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by Gordon Korman
"When Vince Luka tells folks his father is in the vending machine business, he's not talking soda cans. Luka Senior is a kingpin of the Mob. Max Casella shoots Korman's words out as fast as a machine gun, and the speed is dead-on for this breezy, dark comedy. He gives Vince the right balance of frustration and heart as the high schooler tries explaining to Dad that his future is uncertain but one thing is "fuh shore--I'm not goin' inta da bizness." Vince may not want any part of it, but things get, well, complicated. SON OF THE MOB is like "The Sopranos" for a slightly younger audience. Casella has worked on the hit show, and he brings his talent for portraying mobsters to this fine recording of Korman's latest teen title. M.M.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2003 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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