When I started this fun story of manslaughter & the mob, I
plot twists and colorful villains. I found them. What I didn't expect
was to like the protagonist, George, so much. I rooted for him as his
trials, tribulations, and search for love took him through vivid
If you like your Godfather
a la My Big Fat Greek
Wedding with a southern twist, Family Obligations
is the book for you. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more from
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
This is the story of a man caught up in the criminal enterprise
of his extended Greek family. George, the protagonist, is still a child
when the story begins, but by the end of the first chapter we have seen
enough to suspect he might end up ruling the whole family.
The author manages to portray George as a somewhat sympathetic figure
in spite of his participation in the murder and mayhem of his mob
family. One way he does this is in the tender portrayal of George’s
falling in love for the first time.
George continues on the road of crime, but always with enough
insight to recognize opportunities to exit that road as they come
along. Which exit, if any, will he take? Will he eventually settle into
a loving relationship? Will he ever begin to extricate himself from a
life of crime?
The author's deft use of ambiguity throughout the story,
especially in resolving the tensions contained in those two questions,
are what will keep you turning the pages despite the lateness of the
The author’s style is simple and straightforward, always in service to
carrying the story forward. It’s refreshingly clear, and gets the story
told without unnecessary frills and flourishes.
Absorbing, thoughtful, entertaining
I loved this book. I enjoyed the thoughts that swirled inside
George’s head and I felt his emotions as his Greek tragedy of a life
became more and more complicated. Mays excels in all phases of novel
writing – plot, character development, description of people and
setting...everything. After feeling the heartbreak surrounding George's
breakup with his young lover, Kelly, I was hooked. The story becomes
thoroughly absorbing when George visits his Greek mob boss in Chicago
and Kelly gets back into his life – i.e., when things became
Awesome novel. It's a wonderful read and keeps you guessing.
Fantastic novel, it's very exciting. Highly recommended.