Mercy Row Retribution

Mercy Row Retribution

by Harry Hallman


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While serving as a pilot during the Vietnam War, Gerry Amato-the grandson of Jacob Byrne, the head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family-seizes the opportunity to create a lucrative marijuana smuggling operation. It's 1967, and under the secrecy of a classified military operation, and with the assistance of a Marseille mob that owns plantations in Cambodia, he is able to send tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana to Philadelphia every month. His grandfather's criminal enterprise distributes the drug to a population that has developed an insatiable appetite for the marijuana.

A rival Paris gang tries to force Amato to buy their product, which triggers war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob. From the steamy jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia to the streets of Saigon, Paris and Philadelphia, the ruthless actions of the Paris mob threaten to destroy the Byrne family.

Gerry Amato orchestrates a merciless campaign of retribution against his foes in order to save himself and his family.

In part two of Mercy Row Retribution-the third book in the Byrne family saga-it is April 1975 and South Vietnam is about to fall to the North Vietnamese communists. Gerry Amato fears that the communists will take revenge on the population, especially the children-many of whom are Amerasian-at an orphanage he supported and volunteered at during his time as a pilot. He orchestrates a rescue mission to retrieve the children and bring them to the United States. This takes him and his team into harm's way in Thailand, across Cambodia and into war-torn Vietnam and back. The fates of 75 children and 30 adults rest squarely on Gerry's shoulders.

Bonus Section
Mercy Row Retribution includes a bonus section of short, true stories of the author and his friends' experiences growing up in North Philly in the 1940s and 50s. This is a true reflection of what life was like for working-class kids growing up on the streets of Philadelphia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519290922
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2015
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 702,029
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Mercy Row Retribution 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In Mercy Row Retribution, Gerry Amota is the grandson of Jacob Byrne, head of a powerful North Philadelphia Irish crime family. Some of the family businesses are legitimate, others not so much. While serving the airforce during the Vietnam war, Gerry sees a way of making money by creating a marijuana smuggling cooperation. His organization soon sends ten of thousands of pounds of marijuana to Philadelphia a month. When a rival Paris gang tries to force Gerry to buy their product, this triggers a war between the Byrne family and the Paris mob. I quite enjoyed reading about the exploits of the Byrne family. It surprised me how they could be so “good” on the one hand, and still be quite evil on the other, running orphanages while at the same time not hesitating to kill people. It was quite the contradiction, and you’d think it wouldn’t work well, but it did. The crooked standards made for an interesting read, and it was very engaging to dive into the minds of people like Gerry Amota, who have their own, although slightly off, code of moral conduct. The book reads like an action movie. Gun fights, kidnapping, the mob, violence, and most of all revenge. It’s a fast-paced, thrilling read and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys action movies, thrillers and crime fiction. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rakhi_Jayashankar More than 1 year ago
Action, reactions, fights, gun shots, killing, attacking, kidnapping- The book has all the spices for an action thriller. Story begins with a military operation giving an impression that readers are going to get an account of geopolitical strategies and war. Later it takes us to a family get together giving an impression that readers are going to see a family saga. Afterwards what we see is a gang rivalry. A family that smuggles marijuana acts as benefactors for another mass of people. This sounds like a contradiction. While we proceed further, the story is into a hard core revenge game between two mafia groups. That's how I would like to put it forward. Personally I am not much of a violence lover. Hence I was forced to skip a few pages of hardcore violence and actions, due to which I might have missed some part of the story. I found the bonus section more interesting than the story itself The target audience of the book is Action lovers. This is a full fledged feast for them. So buckle for some raw action and start reading Reviewed for the sage's blog tour Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.