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Tony Partly Cloudy [Kindle Edition]

Nick Rollins
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Book Description

A fish-out-of-water story in the style of My Cousin Vinny or Analyze This, TONY PARTLY CLOUDY is the tale of a Mafia goon who becomes a famous TV weatherman.

** NOTE: contains some profanity, because let's face it: it's hard to get these Mafia guys to talk nice. Forget about it!

Tony Bartolicotti (or Tony Partly Cloudy, as his friends in Brooklyn call him) can predict the weather with a level of accuracy that's downright freakish. But no TV station is interested in hiring a weatherman who looks and talks like a Mafia goon. Until now...

When a distantly related mob boss applies a little pressure on Tony's behalf, Tony's career starts to take off. Soon America is falling in love with the only weatherman on TV who would predict "a whole lotta freakin' snow." But then the mob decides to call in the favors they've done for Tony. That's when things get stormy...

Tony Partly Cloudy combines elements of comedy, satire, Mafia lore and romance into a slick, funny novel that readers of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen will enjoy.


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"Consistently engaging . . . Rollins' novel at times defies genre expectations . . . serves up a smart mix of calm and uneasiness, particularly in scenes involving members of the mob."
- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Nick Rollins is a Miami native who has survived multiple hurricanes, bad dentistry, and male pattern baldness. An author and blogger who also publishes under another name, Nick continues to live in South Florida, where he can keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2685 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Muscovy House; 1 edition (October 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEFNMAU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As satisfying as Nona's manicotti. January 11, 2014
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This entirely fun-to-read book will capture the reader with a light-hearted storyline and characters beautifully conceived and captured. The description on Amazon suggests that what we have here is a book about the New York Mafia, maybe somewhat in a humorous direction. But if you think that what you're going to get here is a current day "Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight", think again. Better yet, fuggedaboudit.

What we've got here is the charming story of Anthony Bartolicotti, a Brooklyn-born and raised Italian-American whose goal in life is to become a professional meteorologist and TV weather forecaster. The fact that his hard-working, big-hearted father is sort of distantly related to a "made guy" in the mob helps Tony to go to college with a part-time job set up by the mob-connected distant relative.

What this wonderfully crafted book does is to explore family relationships - both "family" (in the sense of mother/father/kids) and "family" (in the sense of Mafia family). It also looks at how society handles concepts like ethnic discrimination.

What makes this such a terrific read is that there's plenty of serious stuff to read at the same time as there are laugh out loud moments when the interplay of the characters is so comedically delivered.

The author, Nick Rollins, is from Miami and you can be sure the influence of Carl Hiassen and Elmore Leonard plays a major part in his writing.

The part that the mob (or mafia, or "our thing," or the family) plays in this book is pretty significant. It's the underlying theme that runs from beginning to end. But unlike so many books about the mob, the violence here is pretty tame. There are a few people whose places in the book get cut short, but not graphically so.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Partly Cloudy is Ray of Sunshine November 27, 2013
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I know Tony. I know what it's like to be in an Italian Family because I married into one. Sicilians, no less. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. Rollins' writing style is similar to another author I've been reading lately, somebody I've known for fifty years. Tony Partly Cloudy kept me flipping pages, especially at around the halfway point when things were getting a little stormy. Read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Hiassen November 12, 2013
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There's something about the New Jersey accent that's simultaneously endearing, comic and dangerous. Much the same can be said for 'Tony Partly Cloudy', a modern fable about a smalltime mafia goon who against all odds becomes a popular TV weatherman. This is a novel in the vein of Carl Hiassen or - for real fans of the genre - Donald Westlake. If it were a film - and it should be - it would be compared to 'Analyse This', 'Mickey Blue Eyes', or 'My Cousin Vinny'.

The main character, Tony Bartolicotti (AKA "Tony Partly Cloudy"), is a lovable lug who's nothing like as naive as he appears. Everyone underestimates him - the TV networks who make him famous and the mob family that he can never really leave behind. Tony's the pivot of the plot and the focus of the action, but he is part of a credible and compelling cast of characters, all of whom are more rounded than the usual central-casting stock issue.

Particularly worth mentioning is Rollin's ear for dialogue, whether it's the colourful banter of mobsters, or the smug, empty jargon of TV talking heads. The novel's settings are convincing too - not only the badlands of New Jersey, but also the corporate corridors of network television. If 'Nick Rollins' is a nom-de-plume, it might be because, like the main character, the author's well-known along the Shore as well as on the studio floor.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable read, with lots of laugh-out-loud scenes, plenty of nail-biting tension... and some seriously stormy weather. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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And that's just one of the MINOR characters in "Tony Partly Cloudy," a hugely entertaining mashup of TV news and the mob. Loaded with heart and and humor, "Tony" is a fish-out-of-water story that draws its strengths from character and contrast. Think of it as "Analyze This" meets "Network," with a little bit of "Groundhog Day" thrown in for good measure.

Rollins especially nails the dialog here, including everything from the rat-a-tat rhythms of Jersey tough guys to the bland, soulless jargon of the TV news. You'll never forget Tony and his family (to say nothing of his Family, if you know what I mean); on the contrary, you'll hear their voices in your head for a long time to come.

Don't save "Tony Partly Cloudy" for a rainy day. Read it right now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah Tony Partly Cloudy January 20, 2014
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A character study ...and I loved the character. Tony, unlike most in industry today has his priorities straight as an adult. It seems we lost his values as a society when we started reversing those because they had money not caring how they made the money. I wish there were more Tongs in real life corporations and government. Good book valuable trait to aspire to.
Nick, you created a really decent flawed but honest character. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding find April 20, 2014
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Tony Partly Cloudy was more than just a good read. It was original, entertaining, positive, and I looked forward to getting back to reading it each night. I have recommended it to my wife (a Weather is important person!) and I know she will enjoy it for reasons even I could not appreciate. Nick created a story line that kept my attention and characters that you had to like. What more could I ask for in a read? I recommend it to anyone who want a fun read. I would read other works by Nick Rollins just to see if they were as good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one
Not a fan of this book. There are so many things that could have been better, but ultimately there really isn't much of a plot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by lovetoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read- promises more but failed to deliver.
Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Loved the story ! Right up there with the quirkiness of Hiassen and Berry !!! Keep them coming !!!!
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Published 7 months ago by Ozetta Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! I couldn't wait to get home and ...
Great Book! I couldn't wait to get home and ready it ! I recommend it highly!
Published 7 months ago by MaryAnn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun and educational
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy entetainment.
Cute, lightweight read. Slightly cliched.
Published 9 months ago by ruralta
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Quick and easy read. Funny at times. Predictable end. Good book for a day at the beach or while waiting at the airport.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Funny, informative, and a good story. It talks about the politics of news casters and weather reporters. People who think themselves very important.
Published 11 months ago by D. H. Nathan
4.0 out of 5 stars A little different
I enjoyed this and found Tony to be fairly likeable and partly believable. He was/is much to naive, but then he was very focused and didn't want to believe the bad stuff (something... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rene Maloon
5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Hardly Put it Down!
I found myself laughing out loud at times at all of the wonderful characters in this book, especially Uncle "Johnny. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Deborah29
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Nick Rollins is a Miami native who has survived multiple hurricanes, bad dentistry, and male pattern baldness. An author and blogger who also publishes under another name, Nick continues to live in South Florida, where he can keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.

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