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Reading In The Wings
 
"Nicholas Denmon does a great job at crafting a story that really draws you in. For Nothing has everything from dirty cops and larger than life gangsters to assassins and corruption. Feel like you are there... it felt so authentic...  I rate the novel as an A because of its thrilling plot (theending blew me away) and well-crafted characters."

From Hodgepodge Galore Book Reviews
 
A novel of this depth and vision, Nicholas Denmon writes with the maturity and precision of a well-aged author. Whether inside the minds of the men as their lives slowly bleed out or watching precariously while scenes unfold in the disturbing ways the mafia is notorious for, the reader can feel the raw yet emotional toll of the live or die lifestyle...  Mafia killers are not known for sloppiness; moreover, they are generally known to be smooth and calculating, which not-so coincidentally describes For Nothing.

From Big Time Books
 
"For all the Mafia thriller junkies out there...FOR NOTHING is your "fix".

Able to compete with Goodfellas, Sopranos, and The Godfather, Nicolas Denmon has created a story that will have you on the edge of your seat, and unable to put it down.

From LitDrunk Wordpress
 
"This book was amazing! The dark, artistic cover intrigued me from the moment I first came across it...For Nothing is certainly a page-turner in its own right. Action packed and so well written, it is a thriller that should be ranked with the works of Dennis Lehane and the like. Nicholas Denmon speaks through his characters with a voice that stuns you with every word."

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"Nicholas Denmon's  For Nothing captured me from the amazingly descriptive opening chapter. It is a tale I am thrilled to have gotten a chance to read. It captivated me. It sent shivers down my spine. It made me look over my shoulder to see if Silvio Dante was sneaking up ready to take me out... Denmon's For Nothing is a fantastic story that I highly suggest for fans of mafia based thriller/mysteries or those who just like a really good story."

About the Author

Nicholas Denmon studied English at the University of Florida. He started story telling from the moment he could talk and has spent a lifetime perfecting the art. His life has been varied, giving him no shortage of material. Some of his unique experiences include growing up with a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential as well as local stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe. Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463567839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463567835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Denmon studied English at the University of Florida. He started story telling from the moment he could talk and has spent a lifetime perfecting the art.

His life has been varied, giving him no shortage of material. Some of his unique experiences include growing up with a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential as well as local stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe.

Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dres97 on October 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is my first time reading something by Nicholas Demmon. I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I got so into the book that I fell behind on other things that I had to do.

The book has a great flow to it and it was not predictable like other mafia books that I have read. The ending was not my favorite and I may have gone a different route, but there were enough twists and turns that I was hooked and was left wanting to know more about the characters and what happens next.

Having been to Buffalo several times, I was brought back by the vivid descriptions and can tell that time and effort was put into the little details and in the research to create an accurate background and scene. The relationship and interactions between Alex and Rafael were extremely entertaining. Also, my brother in law is Italian and was able to verify some of the Italian references and the descriptions of the ways that they interact.

All in all, the ease of reading that captures you and brings you into the book making you forget that you are reading a story but as part of the scene is why I recommend this book to others. Looking forward to reading more from Nicholas, especially the next edition in this series.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Claire on October 23, 2013
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I have read a lot of crime stories and undercover tales, but I think it's safe to say that this is my first Mafia Crime Thriller book. A long time ago, I would have steered clear of this type of book, although I did watch a couple of The Sopranos episodes before. Upon reading For Nothing, however, my perception of mafia related genre has changed. I am now actually a fan of this Mafia tale!

The story kicked off with Jack Benton getting shot at by a hired assassin. His friend, Alex Vaughn saw his sprawled body a minute too late. He vowed that he would avenge his friend's death and soon he went on an undercover mission. But he didn't know that he would be facing up and dealing with two of the most ruthless organized family crime syndicates in upstate New York.

I have never read a crime novel beautifully written with its gory details and gritty characters, with every scene craftily described and depicted. The characters, Alex Vaughn and Rafael Rontego were equally interesting and dynamic in their own rights. I actually found myself liking the villain, Rafael and even wanted him to be spared from the crime. I do't know, but there's something about him that made me root for him even if he was at the wrong.

The twist at the end of the story was something I wasn't expecting at all. The twist blew me away! Truth is, I have been captivated by Nicolas Denmon's writing prowess. He knows how to tickle his readers' imagination from the first chapter up to the last. He kept me reading until the end. Now, he makes me want to read the sequel. Of course, I will read the next book on the series. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie would have been so proud had they had the chance to read this stellar masterpiece.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Emerson on October 13, 2013
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Brilliant book and lots of interesting characters, one in particular, Alex Vaughan a Buffalo cop who's best friend is murdered in the street and left to die. The only clue a Special brand of smokes!!!.

As a non American reviewing this book, I found the whole Mafia ins and outs exciting and informative and helped the story gather pace!.

Alex Vaughans persistence throughout is charming and shows true loyalty but at what cost?. The killer of Vaughans friend is a deadly assassin who is only following orders and has been doing so for several years for many different families.

I don't want to give to much away, but buy this book and live the life of a cop who is trying to get justice the honest way, but can he do it???
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jbarr5 (julie Barrett) on July 29, 2011
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I mostly read romance novels but am trying more suspense and mystery/thriller
types and paranormal. Sometimes you just need a break from the typical romance.

I assumed this book was something different. I was not wrong there.
I thought it would follow a typical Mafia type blueprint-it does not.
Things just do not happen how and in the order you suspect them to. This is a good thing-keeps you on your toes and guessing as to what will happen next.

Liked reading about the loyalty amongst the Italians as I do have some friends that are Italian and the mark is close to home.
Very high detail-this would make a movie very easy to produce as it's all there for them.
It was easy to follow the characters as they were introduced even though some have different names, which is thoroughly explained. I love the injections of Italian into this plot. Just the right touch.
I liked the background on the players, and the scenery. You can tell the author did a lot of research on the topic.
Just when I thought the book was about to end i was wrong. It continued on with more twists and turns.
I did not see the ending as occurring as it did, WOW!

I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I could not read fast enough every day to finish it. There is never a dull moment and it's fast paced action and the words the author uses to describe what's happening I can say I was right there watching it all happen live.
Exhilarating and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas. I will make sure all my house chores are done so I can read it within 3 days time. It is one of those types of books you do not even want to go to sleep at night, you'd rather read straight through.
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