A Sempre Novel
Prequel to the Forever Series
Release Date: October 27, 2014
By J.M. Darhower
The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.
It’s kill or be killed.
Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.
Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.
One wrong choice.
That was all it took to destroy a friendship.
*takes place before Sempre*
With a three year old.
*takes place after Sempre: Redemption*
Made is a biographical account of fictional character Corrado Moretti. Although Made was recently completed by author J M Darhower, this novel is considered a prequel to Sempre and the Forever series. One of the best features of Sempre and Sempre: Redemption is the realistic portrayal of what life would be like for member of a Mafia family. In my mind, Darhower brought the Mafia to life in her compelling story which focuses on teenagers Carmine DeMarco and Haven Antonelli. For me, reading both of these novels was better than going to a movie!
Made is full of political Mafia drama that will hold you riveted to the page! It’s powerful, clever, intriguing, and disturbing. It’s different from the Sempre novels because it primarily focuses on Corrado Moretti, although most of the players from Sempre and Sempre: Redemption make appearances throughout the novel.
Corrado Moretti is made man in both a figurative and literal sense, for if you are brought into the fold as a lifetime member of the Mafia, you are considered “made”. We also learn how specific events and lessons shape the future of the “Kevlar Killer”. His character development is clearly evident. Instead of riding the coattails of his father, Corrado Moretti makes a name for himself. He earns the respect of the Boss, Antonio DeMarco, and secures permission to date his daughter, Celia. Corrado has a soft heart for his Celia, but he absolutely means business. If the Boss gives him a job, he doesn’t shy away from it. He is firm in his beliefs and deadly with a weapon.
Made is well-paced throughout the entire novel, but I also would have enjoyed reading about the latter years of Corrado Moretti’s life. Most of the written material in this novel is new, but there are a few occasions where events from Sempre and Sempre: Redemption are either mentioned or witnessed by Corrado Moretti. I found this aspect to be quite interesting because at times, Corrado seemed to have knowledge that Carmine and/or Vincent DeMarco were not privy to. I believe many readers will agree this novel improves the overall reading experience for both Sempre novels. My overall opinion of Made is extremely positive. Made is compelling and suspenseful, earning Darhower 5 stars!
JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there.