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For Nothing Paperback – June 15, 2011
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"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."
From Doubleshot Book Reviews
"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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For a first 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. There is no verbosity or excess vulgarity, which can happen with these types of novels or in authors' first novels. Mafia killers are not known for sloppiness; moreover, they are generally known to be smooth and calculating, which not-so coincidentally describes FOR NOTHING. Mr. Denmon did a stellar job on the first novel of 'An Upstate New York Mafia Tale' series. That being said, I have already snagged BUFFALO SOLDIERS because I have to know what happens next - the ending of FOR NOTHING is killer.
Some of my favorite highlights within the book:
'Beware the dinner invitation from a hungry wolf.'
'That was all life really was, anyway. A series of moments that drifted on too fast; so fast that one could scarce enjoy them before they searched for the next.'
(As for the editing, the book was only 99 cents. I review novels not-so-much for the editing mishaps but for the author's ability to captivate me with his/her voice.)
As I was halfway through the book, I had to reach out to the author to clarify something that disturbed me: I needed to know if he made Rafael seem more like the hero rather than the antagonist.
I found myself loving Rafael, the bad guy who was an assassin. Worse, I found that I wanted him to win and that I was actually rooting for him to escape Alex. I want to skim towards the end but stopped myself. So, point blank, I asked author Nicholas Denmon if he did this on purpose. His answer was: yes. Well there you go. No wonder I loved this character more than Alex.
I recall having this same reaction the first time I read Dracula by Bram Stoker. I keep seeing Rafael as that ultimate vampire: cold, supposedly without emotion and efficiently, ruthlessly deadly. He's like The Jackal, but with a tad more emotion and a yearning to be normal. Yet, I just love him and his guns. Love those guns - and those brains!
Alex is an atypical underdog, torn between his desire for vengeance and his conscience to do right. Although, I could have kicked him at times, especially when he possibly endangered his family and fellow undercover agent Ryan. I mean, if someone could be trailing you, why in heaven's name would you go home or to your safe house?!
The writing style, for a mystery-thriller, was incredibly easy on the eyes and exhausted brain cells and would actually make for an exciting but relaxing read. I usually put down heavier books, as I considered this to be, and pick up some fluffs in between and then go back. Here, I did the same but was too curious and anxious to find out what would happen next and I soooo wanted Alex not to succeed, that I only did that once. I know, I know, I should not I should not root for the antagonist but I did and am not apologetic in the least. This may be a twist in my psyche that I end up rooting for the bad guy rather than the good.
I won't go through the details of the rest of the story as that will ruin the thrill for everybody else who has not read this incredible book. All I can say is that when I reached the end, I had this goofy self-satisfied-smile and yelled out "YES! I knew it!" That end was just the perfect prelude for the next installment of the series.
I found this crime thriller, part one of a series called AN UPSTATE MAFIA TALE, immediately engaging and thought provoking. The violence it contained was anticipated given the genre, but not overdone, and the deceit and double crossing it entailed was believable. The characters were also well drawn out. Not only were the defining qualities of the central characters made highly salient but so too were their differences, right down to the minor details. An example here would be the attention the author drew to the personal habits of (disordered) Alex and (meticulous) hitman Rafael. I simply liked how this was done and felt that it added flavour to the narrative. The setting was also well established and for me had a somewhat gloomy feel about it. Whether or not this was intended by the author, it reflected the emotional state of the protagonist nicely and so seemed well suited.
Overall, I found FOR NOTHING an enjoyable read and recommend it to those who enjoy crime thrillers and a mob tale. The story has a great ending and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next in the series when I read part two, BUFFALO SOLDIERS.
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Denmon rises to the challenge with great skill in this accomplished and thoughtful novel. I will certainly pick up the sequal.Read more