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- Publisher: Thompson Books (March 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IT5VUSY
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Her first official con (not counting the times she would flirt with older men until they came after her, then ran to hide behind her retired Marine daddy) was a fifteen-year-old's attempt to gain an official, government-issued ID in the name of an entirely fictitious British countess. When that failed, she figured out how to steal identities of real people, instead. Okay, you do feel sorry for the real people who really got burned, but the author claims she is capable of feeling guilty, so she contained her cons to stealing things that are usually covered by insurance. That does have a way of assuaging your own guilt for enjoying her cons along with her. Having brought down the ire of a Mexican smuggling ring on one of the women whose identity she borrowed, she even had the decency (if you can call it that) to make an anonymous call to the poor girl and warn her that she might soon have some ticked-off hombres showing up at her house. You don't have to like her, as mentioned, but you really can't help yourself. You just know that she could con you in a heartbeat and you probably wouldn't even mind it that much.
The story left off with an intro to the sequel where the author is in Belize turning over a stolen Mustang as a bribe for a bureaucrat in order to be admitted into the country. The author can add writing to her list of talents, as well. The narrative is easy and unassuming. It flows well and never bogs down in details that don't advance the story. Assuming Names was such a fun read, I can't wait to see what she stirs up in Belize in her next book The Expatriates
I normally don’t get involved in these discussions because I find someone has already said what I want to say so I don’t have to say it. This time however no one is weighing in with the obvious. The vitriol in the one star reviews is either ignorance or personal. I’m not slinging insults, I use the word ignorance in the strictest definition. The reviewers are unaware the author’s story is backed up by the media. Big media, like the Dallas Herald, Woman’s World Magazine, the Statesmans, and the giant old elephant in the room, the Associated Press.
You ask, “Really?” and the media answers, “Yes, really.”
Yes really, a fifteen year old girl went and pulled a jaw dropping long con that should earn her some sort of recognition in Wikipedia’s list of famous impostors. Because none of those tricksters took on the FBI or Interpol. Nor did any of them do it before they were legal to drive.
So before you trash the book as too farfetched to be tolerated, go and look the story up.
Because if you’re not tearing the book apart for its unsubstantiated claims, which we’ve determined are substantiated, then I suspect the hate is personal, because this young woman has gone to some effort to make enemies. She starts the book with a Bloody Mary styled incantation against Jesus (something I was too terrified as a child to repeat three times) and then she casually makes a couple of rape jokes. Really.
But it’s kind of funny. Really, again.
Not every single word she writes is repeated by the media, but the big stuff is. The bits about the FBI, Interpol, the DEA, INS, the mental asylum, the sheriff’s departments, Ron Howard, the ACLU, and the Dallas Refugee Agency. All the big stuff is bona fide verified.
You ask, “Really?” and the media answers, “Yes, really.”
As is often said, the truth is stranger than fiction. If I didn’t know this was a true story, I would have thought it was too far-fetched to be a fiction novel. I mean, you have a 15 year old girl outsmarting so many law enforcement agencies it isn’t even funny. Yet, I laughed. A lot. I shook my head. A lot. I gasped. A lot. I think my favorite part of the whole book is in the middle. Ms. Thompson answered my questions with one word: “Fifteen.” That sums up every question, disbelief, head-shaking moment in this book. And it sums those moments up perfectly.
Assuming Names takes the reader on one wild ride. An unforgettable ride. A ride that will keep you glued to the book until you read the last page.
Would I recommend it: Yes, I would.
Will I read it again: I doubt it, but I am looking forward to reading Ms. Thompson’s future books.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Although I was compensated for the editing work, it in no way affected the outcome of my review. My review is my honest opinion of the book.)
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remarkable for its style and the author’s refusal to take any of it seriously.
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