Friday, March 17, 2017

The WINNER of David Carraturo's Columbus Avenue Boys Trilogy is:

Three Blood Brothers - Three Lives Bonded by Loyalty
A Family Saga - A Mafia Story & a Whole Lot More!

The Entire Trilogy Goes to:

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Cameron's Quest
by David Carraturo
Publisher: iUniverse (January 4, 2017)
Publication Date: January 4, 2017
Genre: Literary Fiction
Print Length: 260 pages
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Tuckahoe’s “Golden Boy” Chris Cameron had his future all mapped out. He was the big fish in the small pond as a star athlete and academic standout. Off to the University of Texas to play football, he was on track to make his Italian-American mother and Irish father proud. His two blood brothers chose different paths. Soon after high school, Sal Esposito and Tony Albanese were swept into the life of organized crime. Imposing figures, the pair assisted with strong armed activities for their capo. Away from the “life,” Chris Cameron periodically returned to his neighborhood roots to assist his blood brothers in retribution and risk his promising future to avenge violent threats to his lifelong bond. Cameron’s Quest is full of suspense and character twists. Set in the 1980s, get ready to reminisce about the Mets championship season, Reagonomics, John Gotti’s underworld reign and the pop culture of the time. Relive a time when an Italian-American family’s Sunday dinner table was the only setting needed for therapy sessions, interrogations, judgment and jury for any punishment.


Cameron's Quest by David Carraturo

Cameron's QuestRemember growing up with your best friends by your side? Did you make a pact to always stand together, no matter what? Children grow up, their lives change, the directions their lives go will differ, but for three young boys, their bond remained strong throughout. Take a trip back into the 80’s when life was more focused around family, neighbors and loyalty. Let author David Carraturo lead you through this time, as three friends mature and choose different paths for their lives, straining their bond and testing their mettle in a world that is equal parts cruel, kind and filled with too many choices. Step into CAMERON’S QUEST and discover how life is always willing to throw a curve ball when you least expect it and what you do with that ball can write your destiny.

Chris Cameron was the local hero, his life was spread before him like a midnight cruise chip buffet. He chose university and football as his ticket to a new and better life. He was the Golden Boy of Tuckahoe.

Sal Esposito and Tony Albanese chose a dark path, but one within the comfort zone of the life they grew up in. Unlike Chris, they felt they chose the bird in the hand, but had they? Was organized crime a ticket to anywhere but Hell? They were the enforcers, the muscle and often they would pay the price for their actions. Although far from the grit of the streets he grew up on, Chris knew loyalty and in times of need, he would return to his roots, to the violence, the retribution for slights, but was this the life he wanted? A born peacemaker, was it worth risking all he was trying to accomplish for friends in a shady business?

David Carraturo went for the gold with this one. Step into the era, experience the times, feel the tension and keep one eye open at all times as crime families are pitted against each other, blood is pitted against blood, and loyalty can be bought on a street corner. Real families, real family dynamics, lofty aspirations, fear of change and dancing to the beat of a different drummer, CAMERON’S QUEST feels real, from the world building to the background scenes to the young innocence lost. Can these men return to the bonds they forged so long ago? Mesmerizing reading, time stamped with actual events and just waiting to be elevated to the top of the gem pile, an amazing read about life. David Carraturo writes from the heart with bold strokes and a flair for realism. Color me very impressed!

The Rest of the Trilogy

Columbus Avenue Boys
by David Carraturo

Publisher: iUniverse (April 17, 2012)
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
Print Length: 260 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Salvatore Esposito, Anthony Albanese, and Christopher Cameron—the Columbus Avenue Boys—are somewhat related, as they share lineage back to before the turn of century. Having grown up together in a small community north of New York City, each became successful in his own right. Chris moved to Dallas to be a portfolio manager with a financial firm while Sal and Tony earn their living the hard way—by being enforcers and major earners for the mob.

Tony’s grandfather, Pops Scala, tells them a horrific secret from the Scalamarri Family past: twelve members of their family were massacred at the hands of Bugsy Siegel and his ruthless gang from Murder Inc. in 1935. Pops was the sole witness and lone survivor, and he was more than happy to pull the trigger and end Bugsy’s murderous life.

Now fifty years later, Pops convinces the Columbus Avenue Boys they must leave the underworld life for good. Since one cannot just give two weeks’ notice to the Gambino crime family, the three blood brothers devise a plan to infiltrate the inner workings of the Mafia in the 1990s to avenge the massacre in their family tree.

Columbus Avenue Boys chronicles the Scalamarri family tree throughout the twentieth century and presents a historical perspective of the life and struggles of an Italian immigrant family as well as that of America’s organized crime.

Cameron Nation:
Going All-In to Save His Country
by David Carraturo

Publisher: iUniverse (May 18, 2011)
Publication Date: May 18, 2011
Genre: Fiction
Print Length: 311 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Frustrated with the current political climate self-made billionaire, Chris Cameron retires from a successful hedge fund to focus on philanthropic endeavors. With the notoriety received after he competes in the World Series of Poker to raise money for his newest charities, the Tea Party member is introduced to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. A driven, charismatic, and brilliant leader by nature, Cameron soon finds himself invited into the elite world of professional politics.
When Chris is asked to be the running mate on the GOP ticket, he leaps at the opportunity. The duo is elected and with the assistance of a super-majority Republican-controlled Congress they quickly implement a far-reaching agenda to restore the United States to its rightful place atop the geopolitical stage.
Cameron Nation tells the story of how a street smart kid from the suburbs of New York City leverages a deep understanding of economic theory, the business world and the capital markets combined with the savvy of an experienced poker player to provide overwhelming strategic support and gain the trust of the new president and the growing conservative movement.

David Carraturo is a life-long resident of Tuckahoe, a predominately Italian-Irish American community in Westchester County, New York. He has spent over thirty years working on Wall Street and is married and the father of three daughters. An avid poker player and organized crime/World War Two buff, he spends his free time with his family and exercising the mind and body to sustain happiness and success.

He loves to read a multitude of topics, both fiction and non-fiction but his true passion is anything related to World War Two as well as economics and politics. If you would like a novel reviewed, he is more than happy to review your work. War stories, Mafia reads, poker, economics and general American history would be his sweet spots for an educated review.

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