Flight of the Rondone

Flight of the Rondone

#1 Wall Street Journal bestseller!


Flight of the Rondone is a true rags to riches tale the New York Times stated is “meant for television.” The protagonist, a high school dropout, is nicknamed in Italian U Carneveil (Walking Circus) for his entertaining and eccentric nature. Patrick Girondi starts his career shining shoes, stealing car parts, and escaping life-threatening situations while outwitting the Chicago police. He claws up to being a famous success story on the Oprah Show. His fortunes quickly change when his eldest son, Santino, is diagnosed with a fatal blood disease. Girondi hunts for a cure in a drama that has boundless implications in the world of gene therapy. As Girondi writes, “I’d been strangled, shot at, skated more than twenty arrests, made it through 3 FBI witch-hunts and went from the docks to trading and big money. I would see my son cured. How hard could it be?” After decades of struggle, he delivered the world’s first commercial batch of vector with the potential to cure Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia. But again, the success of the cure—and the fate of his son—is imperiled, in a world of lab jackets, mysterious deaths, and cut-throat Wall Street banksters.

This is a story of love, beating the odds, or as Girondi calls it, pure luck. It is a gritty and realistic tale told with little regard for empire or etiquette.



Televised appearances/podcasts/radio

  • Griesi, Felice. “C2 Ce Felice Griesi Del 6 Lug 2022 Ospiti Patrick Girondi e Brian Connors.” Canale 2, 6 July 2022.
  • Kaminsky, Ross. The Ross Kaminsky Show, 6 July 2022.
  • Gillem, Denny. Frontlines of Freedom, 4 July 2022.
  • Gill, Patzi. “Tan Talk Radio/Joy on Paper.” Joy on Paper with Patrick Girondi, Tan Talk Radio, 28 June 2022.
  • “Barr Memorial Library Interview with Patrick Girondi.” 22 June 2022.
  • Fuchs, Ben. “‘The Bright Side Radio Show’ with Patrick Girondi.” “The Bright Side Radio Show”/Genesis Communications , 11 June 2022.
  • Guyardo, Gayle. “Bloom TV with Patrick Girondi.” Bloom TV with Guest Patrick Girondi, 7 June 2022. https://www.wfla.com/bloom/high-school-drop-out-vs-big-pharma-the-fight-to-save-my-sons-life/
  • Seebo, Donna. “Donna Seebo Show with Patrick Girondi.” Donna Seebo Show, 6 June 2022.
  • Jones, Danny. “Italian Gangster Takes On Big Pharma to Save His Sick Son.” Koncrete, 6 June 2022.
  • Busbee, John. The Culture Buzz with John Busbee, 6 June 2022.
  • Harant, Andy. Cuyahoga County Library Talk with Patrick Girondi, Parma, Ohio, 1 June 2022.
  • Shrand, Dr. Joe. “The Dr. Joe Show with Patrick Girondi.” The Dr. Joe Show, episode 169, 26 May 2022.
  • Lawrence, Warren. “WKNY-AM  ‘Warren in the Morning’ with Patrick Girondi.” “Warren in the Morning”, WKNY-AM, 26 May 2022.
  • Potash, Larry, and Robin Baumgarten. “WGN Live with Patrick Girondi: Flight of the Rondone.” 24 May 2022.
  • Martinez, Bill. Bill Martinez Show, Episode https://billmartinezshow.com/may-17-2022/, 16 May 2022.
  • Williams, Jeff. “WSIU-FM (NPR); Interview with Patrick Girondi.” WSIU-FM (NPR), 13 May 2022.
  • Farrah, Kristen. “Radio Health Journal: Interview with Patrick Girondi.” Radio Health Journal, 12 May 2022.
  • “The Italian Radio Show with Tony La Stella, Featuring Patrick Girondi.” 10  May 2022.
  • “Morning Show with Shelley Irwin”. WGVU-FM (NPR), 9 May 2022.

Selected Press

  • “Bestselling Books Week Ended July 02.” Wall Street Journal , 7 July 2022. Patrick Girondi, #1, Flight of the Rondone https://www.wsj.com/articles/bestselling-books-week-ended-july-02-11657220685?st=aadf662dosccypf&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

  • Kaz, Adam. Review of Review: Flight of the Rondone: High School Dropout vs. Big Pharma: The Fight to Save My Son’s Life, by Patrick Girondi, Third Coast Review: Chicago Arts and Culture Curated, https://thirdcoastreview.com/2022/06/04/review-flight-of-the-rondone-high-school-dropout-vs-big-pharma-the-fight-to-save-my-sons-life-by-patrick-girondi/

  • Clemente, Savio P. “Author Patrick Girondi on Becoming Free from the Fear of Failure.” Medium, Authority Magazine, 29 Apr. 2022, https://medium.com/authority-magazine/author-patrick-girondi-on-becoming-free-from-the-fear-of-Failure-54b6112801a1.