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Better Off Dead In Paradise
by John Paul Carinci   

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Action/Thriller

Publisher:  AuthHouse ISBN-10:  1434306399 Type: 
Pages: 

356

Copyright:  May 5, 2007 ISBN-13:  9781434306395
Fiction

Mafia fiction thriller that will keep you guessing

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Better Off Dead In Paradise is the sequel to Better Off Dead, which told the story of Frank Granstino, the life insurance salesman from Brooklyn New York, who got trapped by the Vongemi Family Mob into writing life insurance policies on people who ended up dying mysteriously. Frank was in line to get killed to keep him quiet. The FBI managed to save him in the nick of time whereby he became an FBI witness and placed in the Witness Protection Program. The Mob leaders were sent to prison for life. Obviously, the powerful Mob leaders didn’t take up knitting in prison but continued to rule a ruthless mob world.



Better Off Dead In Paradise takes us to the pristine Cayman islands in the Caribbean, where Frank and Alicia, his girlfriend, a former FBI agent, believe they are safe to live in the Witness Protection Program.



Something goes terribly wrong when Frankie and Alicia’s witness protection location is compromised. The Mob associates are suddenly in the Caymans blowing up cars and shooting at Frank and Alicia. The story takes us through all three Cayman islands, to New York City, and back to the Caymans. All the while, lives are lost, bullets fly, and Frankie and Alicia are on the run for their lives, once again, from the ruthless Vongemi Mob Family.



Dramatic events keep unfolding chapter by chapter, which makes the exciting Better Off Dead In Paradise the page turner book of the decade!



About the Author


John Paul Carinci has been a successful business owner for over 30 years. Currently, he is President of Carinci Insurance Agency Inc., with over 200 brokers. John, is also an author, songwriter, and poet. He is the CEO of Better Off Dead Productions Inc., a movie production company.



As a writer, some of John’s works include; “The Power Of Being Different,”“Better Off Dead,” “A Second Chance”, “In Exchange Of Life”, “Better Off Dead In Paradise”, and “Psychic Boy Detective”.



John, is also co-writer of the screenplay: “Better Off Dead,” which was adapted from his first novel, and may be produced as motion picture in the coming months.



John’s self-help book, “The Power Of Being Different”, has just been published, and will also be published in Indonesia and India in the coming months.

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It happened so fast. An instant of insanity. Like a show from hell. First, the car, parked, the engine running, a man behind the wheel. Then a madman with a gun. I watched, while standing close by, as Bobby “The Bull Dog” Vongemi obliterated the driver’s side window with an explosive punch of his fist. Then, in the blink of an eye there were five blasts from Bobby's gun into the man's head. I felt horrified, unable to move. Then, Bobby’s voice, loud in my ear, “Frankie, get us out of here! Now!”

He pushed the dead driver out of the way to the passenger side. The dead man had both his eyes and mouth frozen wide open. Bobby quickly shoved me into the driver’s seat.

“Frankie step on it!” he screamed as he jumped into the back seat. I put the white Town Car in gear and drove. As I looked through the blood-spattered windshield trying to see, my hands were bloody from the steering wheel filled with pieces of the man’s head that filled the dashboard.

“Faster! Drive faster, I hear sirens!” Bobby shouted.

I could see the patrol cars closing in as I floored the pedal.

“I can’t! I can’t do this!” I shouted as I made a sharp right, causing the dead man to lean against me. “No! No!” I screamed and cursed.

“Welcome to the Mafia, Frankie!” Bobby laughed in a sick sinister roar.

As the car went out of control and spun, I slammed into a telephone pole. Everything suddenly went black.

My eyes quickly opened and I studied the room. I slowly realized that it had been a nightmare. One of those dreams that leave you stunned for a full thirty seconds. The kind that convince you that you really had been killed. The kind of dream that leaves you soaked with perspiration that could easily pass for blood. I knew it to be a nightmare when I saw my nightstand. My eyes focused on the bed, the dresser, the clock radio—then I felt the rapid beating of my heart.

I looked over at Alicia, a beautiful woman even as she slept. I called her my Angel on earth. The clock showed 3:20 A.M., so I made no movement to disturb her.

I saw in the dim light of the nightlight the newspaper—the one I had been reading before I fell asleep, the one I’d read just before my nightmare. It all had to do with two Mafia brothers. As I looked at the paper, my breathing finally slowed to its normal rate. My turmoil started when I read about Tony Vongemi and his brother Bobby “The Bull Dog” Vongemi, the same Mafia family Alicia and I had escaped from almost two years earlier. Coincidentally, the story appeared on Saturday, August tenth, the first anniversary to the day of the sentencing of the Vongemi brothers. The same brothers who tried to kill me when they thought I would rat them out.

I couldn’t go back to sleep. I couldn’t forget what I had been through. It all came rushing back to me, flooding my mind with very bad memories. During my insurance career, I met Tony Vongemi, the restaurant owner who fed me insurance leads, and how some of those people I’d sold life insurance to started mysteriously dying. I’d come to realize that Tony had something to do with the deaths and fraudulently collected on the policies. After finding out that Tony and Bobby were running one of the most powerful Mafia families in New York, I felt I had to do something before they knocked me off. I did something radical—I planned my fictitious suicide in order to escape, but the FBI stepped in and put them behind bars. That’s when Alicia and I entered the Witness Protection Program.

Other Books By This Author

Better Off Dead
In Exchange of Life
The Power of Being Different

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It happened so fast. An instant of insanity. Like a show from hell. First, the car, parked, the engine running, a man behind the wheel. Then a madman with a gun. I watched, while standing close by, as Bobby "The Bull Dog" Vongemi obliterated the driver’s side window with an explosive punch of his fist. Then, in the blink of an eye there were five blasts from Bobby's gun into the man's head. I felt horrified, unable to move. Then, Bobby’s voice, loud in my ear, "Frankie, get us out of here! Now!"

He pushed the dead driver out of the way to the passenger side. The dead man had both his eyes and mouth frozen wide open. Bobby quickly shoved me into the driver’s seat.

"Frankie step on it!" he screamed as he jumped into the back seat. I put the white Town Car in gear and drove. As I looked through the blood-spattered windshield trying to see, my hands were bloody from the steering wheel filled with pieces of the man’s head that filled the dashboard.

"Faster! Drive faster, I hear sirens!" Bobby shouted.

I could see the patrol cars closing in as I floored the pedal.

"I can’t! I can’t do this!" I shouted as I made a sharp right, causing the dead man to lean against me. "No! No!" I screamed and cursed.

"Welcome to the Mafia, Frankie!" Bobby laughed in a sick sinister roar.

As the car went out of control and spun, I slammed into a telephone pole. Everything suddenly went black.




Professional Reviews

Better Off Dead: In Paradise is a Page-Turning Tour De Force!

Better Off Dead In Paradise
John Paul Carinci’s new thriller, Better Off Dead: In Paradise surpasses Robert Ludlum and Robert Parker and does it with a flair for turning a Caribbean phrase that Jimmy Buffet would envy! A rich and realistic description of the Cayman Islands is the back drop for this page-turning tour de force.

In the original Better Off Dead, we meet Frank Granstino. Frank is a colorful, likable and very believable insurance salesman from Brooklyn, New York that becomes ensnared with the mafia. In the end Frank and his girlfriend Alicia become part of the witness protection program and are sent to heaven on Earth, the Cayman Islands.

In this new thriller, their cover is blown to smithereens and their world is turned upside down. The Mob will stop at nothing for vengeance. Readers will feel their gut reactions to the world of violence that is the mafia. Better Off Dead: In Paradise is not for the faint of heart. The violence is realistic and vivid. The reader will feel the terror right along with Frank and Alicia.

The terrorized couple is forced to flee through the islands, take a trip to New York, and then travel back to the Caribbean. All the while the bad guys are killing and blowing things up in their relentless hunt for revenge. It is only through Frank’s clever nature with the help of Alicia’s FBI experience that they are able to stay a step ahead.

Better Off Dead: In Paradise is so richly described and the characters and their dialogue is so realistic that the author must have lived through similar action himself, that or done painstaking research. The book has enough twists and turns to satisfy the most ardent thriller fan. It also has more than enough action to attract any reader. The audience is left to guess breathlessly at the ending and almost any reader will guess wrong!

Brien Jones,
Author Celebrity Associates




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Reader Reviews for "Better Off Dead In Paradise"

Reviewed by John Carinci 5/6/2011
An excellent stand alone book with nonstop action, August 26, 2008 -

John Paul Carinci has one of the best self-help books out there - The Power of Being Different - his fiction is just as captivating - Better Off Dead in Paradise is a sequel to Better Off Dead. If you are a follower of series, as I am, don't be worried about getting this book without having read the first book - Carinci has added enough back-story to bring the reader up to date with the plot and characters without you scratching your head. I will probably go back and read Better Off Dead, just to enjoy the characters.
Frankie Granstino, a Brooklyn life insurance agent, becomes involved in the Mafia. When he finds he is next in line to be killed by said Mafia, he, with the help of the FBI, fakes his suicide. He and his FBI/love have entered the witness protection program and are relocated to Paradise - the Cayman Islands. Not a bad place to have to live - until...
Frankie, now Mario and his wife Alicia (the ex-FBI agent) feel safe in their new surroundings - until their parked rental car was involved in an 'accident' - it blew up - meant for them to be in it! This was a professional job. When they contact the FBI, the couple find that no one is to be trusted and they take it into their own hands to protect themselves.
The action is nonstop, with doses of humor and always remembering this couple who went together, leaving their families, their lives behind, because of their love for each other. It also shows how hard it must be to be in a situation to be placed in the Witness Protection Program.
The Mafia proves a formidable opponent and there are enough fights and explosions to keep the most seasoned thriller fan on their toes.
One thing that touched me - Mario's relationship with his father - you see, his Dad has crossed over - yet Mario feels his father's love and faith in him as he (Mario) literally tries to keep his wife and himself alive. It brought tears to my eyes - only because it is beautifully handles and reminded me of my Dad, whom I lost a few years ago.
You will enjoy Better Off Dead in Paradise. It is fast, furious and you'll find yourself rooting for these wonderful characters.
John Paul Carinci is adept at both fiction and nonfiction.



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