The Seven Sins : the tyrant ascending / Jon Land.

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  • Additional Information
    • Edition:
      1st hardcover ed.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Rising from an orphaned farm boy in his native Sicily to become the wealthy owner of The Seven Sins, an extravagant Las Vegas casino, Michael Tiranno hides dangerous secrets that he shares only with Naomi Burns, his attorney and confidant.
    • Notes:
      "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
    • ISBN:
      9780765315342 : HRD
      0765315343 : HRD
    • LCCN:
      2008004263
    • Accession Number:
      fay.252741

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2008 May #1

The Godfather meets the TV series Las Vegas in this collision of money and power. The owner of a newly built casino and hotel, The Seven Sins, Michael Tiranno uncovers a plot to destroy Sin City. The mastermind behind an attack on his property and others on the Strip has a personal vendetta against him. As a child in Italy, he watched as his family was murdered; later, he was taken in by a relative, whom he later realized was the head of a major Mob family. Tiranno thought that by changing his name and severing all ties with his past, he had successfully created a new identity for himself, but who else but someone with a grudge would know about his background and go to such great lengths to see him fail. Land's books ooze adrenaline, but the over-the-top action is nicely supported by flesh-and-blood characters. He hits on all cylinders here. Expect fans of high-octane thrillers to be clamoring for more Tiranno the Tyrant. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2008 May #1

After his parents' death, Sicilian-born Michele Nunziato was raised by the boss of all bosses, Don Luciano Scaglione. Having grown wealthy with the Don's help and his own ruthless intellect, he now decides to go legit (or as legit as a man who doesn't mind killing for personal gain can go). Inspired by the inscription on an ancient medallion once belonging to King Midas—"To Dream, To Dare, To Win"—Michele takes the name Michael Tiranno (the "tyrant") and builds the magnificent Seven Sins casino in Las Vegas. When terrorists attack the strip, Michael and his strongman, the redoubtable Alexander, go into action. They soon learn that someone (beyond the obvious Muslim extremists) wants to destroy not only Michael and his casino but all of Sin City. Interspersing episodes from the 1970s, the 1990s, and the present day and combining high finance with ancient lore, Land (Blood Diamonds ) presents a larger-than-life hero with a dark past, a risk taker accompanied by a sidekick so skilled in killing as to seem infallible. Their spectacular ride, global in its dimensions, will enthrall all thrill seekers. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections. [This is the first of a series of books starring Michael Tiranno, inspired by Italian real-estate and media mogul Fabrizio Boccardi.—Ed.]—Ron Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson

[Page 56]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2008 June #1

"To Dream, To Dare, To Win" personifies Michael Tiranno's life. A master of high finance, he opens an extravagant Las Vegas casino that outshines all the others on the Strip. He also has a secret, and a rival is willing to kill Michael's family and friends to unveil the shocking truth. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

PW Reviews 2008 April #2

This breathless, violent first in a new thriller series from Land (The Last Prophecy ) introduces Michael "The Tyrant" Tiranno, who's modeled on real-life Italian entrepreneur Fabrizio Boccardi. Raised by one of the last Sicilian Mafia dons after the murder of the immediate members of his family, Michael grows up to become a real estate mogul, who builds the Seven Sins, a Las Vegas casino catering to its customers' wildest fantasies. When suicide bombers explode their cars at the Seven Sins and three other Las Vegas casinos, people blame Islamic terrorists, but Michael suspects he's been personally targeted. With the help of Naomi Burns, his lawyer and confidante, Michael pursues the diabolical mastermind who threatens future attacks. During his investigation, Michael discovers the secret of his father's treasured antique gold medallion. Nonstop action and a dizzying array of exotic locales make this great fun to read, despite lack of subtlety, cartoonish characters, preposterous plot twists and coincidences. (June)

[Page 37]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.