Sons of the Pope

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Daniel O'Connor

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In Brooklyn, before the murders, before the miracle, before the 1940s were gone forever, there was a tree. If only they let that tree alone. If that sycamore tree had been allowed to stand, then maybe Biaggio Falcone never would have been the head of the Campigotto crime family. Perhaps little Joey Salerno would not have been born like that. Joey’s father, Sal - just home from World War II - probably would never have gotten involved with the New York underworld, and his wife Mary wouldn't have spent her entire life caring for an eternal child. There may have been no reason, four decades later, for that desperate pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. And no need for anyone to call upon the one known only as The Diabolist. Experience the richness of a story that spans half a century. Love and hatred. Devotion and betrayal. Murder and miracles. If only they let that tree alone.


Epic, Family, Crime, Historical Fiction, Suspense / Thriller, Romance, Drama, Action,Crime,Drama,Family,Mystery,Suspense/Thriller,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

Returning to Brooklyn from World War II, Salvatore Salerno must soon deal with the hardship of raising a child with special needs, while resisting the temptations of the local organized crime family. This dilemma would continue, in various forms, for decades.


New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Twist, Philosophical Questions,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Salvatore Salerno

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heartthrob, Leader, Aspiring, Empathetic, Faithful, Heroic, Masculine, Charming, Criminal, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Complex, Blunt, Honorable, Selfless,Badass,Charming,Empathetic,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Selfless,Patriotic,Modest,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Mary Salerno

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Blunt, Complex, Empathetic, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Unapologetic, Beautiful,Badass,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Sarcastic,Romantic,Selfless,Blunt,Religious,Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Biaggio Falcone

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Manipulative, Masculine, Outspoken, Villainous, Blunt, Badass, Criminal, Power-hungry, Confident, Aggressive, Leader,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Criminal,Decisive,Greedy,Honorable,Power Hungry,Blunt,Masculine,Villainous

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Daniel O'Connor was born in Brooklyn, NY. He lost his mother to cancer on her wedding anniversary, when he was four years of age, and then his father two years later. He lived with his grandmother until she passed when Dan was ten. Rather than purchase a clown mask and a chainsaw, he kept the demons at bay through books, movies, music - and writing. During the recruitment process for a police career, Suffolk County, NY applicant investigators asked Dan how someone with such a difficult childhood managed to pass the drug, psychological and polygraph exams, along with the rigorous background check. Dan had a one word answer: Reading. Upon completion of his highly decorated police career, Daniel moved to the southwest with his wife and two daughters. It is there that he wrote, using characters and scenarios developed with his late cousin Peter Randazzo, the dark and dangerous love letter to old Brooklyn: SONS OF THE POPE. That novel became the best-selling title in the history of Blood Bound Books. He has just completed his second novel. It is his chillingly beautiful tribute to three experiences over which we have no real control: love, laughter, and terror. CANNI will be airborne on the 4th of July, 2019. Daniel O'Connor has one goal. It is to spread THIS message to every child: "Please know that, no matter how alone you feel, nor how discouraged or impoverished you may be right now, you should focus on your dreams and disassociate yourself from people and situations that will drag you away from your goals. Drugs, drink, gangs, crime, self-mutilation, and the like will lead you down a dark and disastrous path from which you likely will never recover. Focus, work hard, be strong, and your dreams await you." ___________________________________________________________________________ BIG NAME reviews of SONS OF THE POPE: "This is a very visual novel and the attention to detail is so rich that I could smell the dirty water dogs from the NYC street vendors. Bravo!" ~Romeo Tirone, Director of TRUE BLOOD, DEXTER, NURSE JACKIE, RED WIDOW and RECTIFY. "Daniel O'Connor's SONS OF THE POPE reveals an interesting new talent with a snappy style. This is someone's career to watch." ~Andrew Neiderman, 100 million-selling author of THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE and numerous V.C. ANDREWS novels. "A rich, epic chronicle of murder, the mob, and miracles..." ~ Kevin O'Brien, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of TERRIFIED, LAST VICTIM and ONLY SON. ___________________________________________________________________________ Short stories from Daniel: "The Binding" from the anthology BLOOD RITES: AN INVITATION TO HORROR. "Between Catskill and Cooperstown" from the anthology SERIAL KILLERS ITERUM. "Sun Day" from the anthology ECLECTICALLY VEGAS, BABY!. ALL AVAILABLE NOW! Daniel's blog: Contact Daniel: Twitter: @DanOVegas *FUN FACTS about Dan: 1) He created the name for the famous front four of the New York Jets known as the NEW YORK SACK EXCHANGE. 2) He has been interviewed on television by DAVID LETTERMAN. 3) He has appeared as an extra in an episode of DEXTER. 4) He has worked security for NBC and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. 5) He has the strength of 100 men. 6) He usually lies about one fun fact.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Blood Bound Books

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available