Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | May 24, 2011

Book Review – “Brooklyn NY: A Grim Retrospective” by Jerry Castaldo

I’ve never met Jerry Castaldo, but he took me on a riotous ride through the dark, mean streets of Brooklyn, luxury apartments in Manhattan and mahogany yachts in Ft. Lauderdale.

He introduced me to neighborhood thugs, Mafia hoods, and luminous celebrities as we traveled.  I watched him reach the pinnacles of joy and achievement and lamented his falls into swamps of wretched despair.

His book: Brooklyn, NY: A Grim Retrospective engages readers on several levels.  It compels readers to continue turning pages.  The blunt prose and unadorned narrative speak the truth of someone who lived a life  filled with dreams and pain.

Readers will come to celebrate Jerry’s successes with a sense of foreboding, dreading the next harrowing descent into misery, but always with hope.

The book tells the story of a man’s journey from hopelessness to redemption.  Highly recommended,  five stars.


  1. Dear Thomas,
    Thank you for buying The Assassins’ Village – very kind of you and I sincerely hope you enjoy it. The reviews have been fantastic and are helping to push sales. Yes please, write me a review for both amazon accounts (.com and and any other that you have the time for! I have signed up for your e letter to keep in touch
    kind regards

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