Book Review | Mafia, Cowboys and Cocktails

Title: Mafia, Cowboys and Cocktails

Author: Johnnie Bennett Battaglia

My Review:

Mafia, Cocktails and Cowboys is a great story.  There’s no question that it is worth telling…and Johnnie Bennett Battaglia tells it with great aplomb.  He is not apologetic and, at the same time, is not over-the-top with his boasting, either.

However, there’s one significant problem: the editing, or lack there of.  There are issues with spelling, punctuation, grammar, and overall writing mechanics.  It’s unfortunate, but I must stress, it is not a deal-breaker.  It is still a good story.  Now, you know…coming from me, that says a lot.  And I mean it.

The other issue that I have with this book is that Battaglia has a tendency to jump around in the storytelling, so I would get confused here and there as to who we were talking about, etc.  Again, it’s not the end of the world, nor is it the end of this story.  It takes some time to soak it all in, but wow, what a story.  Who has a life like this?  Battaglia, that’s who.  If you had as much to say as Battaglia — from the tales of his parents and his uncle to his own unbelievable experiences — I’d cut you some major slack, too.

Mafia, Cocktails and Cowboys is a fun, wild ride, with a cast of characters that reminds you of an episode of The Sopranos.  If you like biographies, or the mob, or cowboys, or just a fascinating story, then you’ll get a kick out of this one.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

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