Your Memberships & Subscriptions
For Nothing (An Upstate New York Mafia Tale Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 302 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
- Book 1 of 2 in An Upstate New York Mafia Tale
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
"Nicholas Denmon's For Nothing captured me from the amazingly descriptiveopening chapter. It captivated me. Itsent shivers down my spine. It made me look over my shoulder tosee if Silvio Dante was sneaking up ready to take me out...ForNothing is a fantastic story thatI highly suggest for fans of mafia basedthriller/mysteries or those who just like a really good story."
"This book wasamazing! For Nothing is certainly apage-turner in its own right. Action packed and so well written, it is a thriller that should be ranked with the works of DennisLehane and the like. Nicholas Denmon speaks through his characterswith a voice that stuns you withevery word."
From Big Time Books
"For all the Mafia thriller junkies out there...FOR NOTHINGis your "fix".
Able to compete with Goodfellas,Sopranos, and The Godfather, Nicolas Denmon has created a story that willhave you on the edge of your seat, andunable to put it down."
From HodgepodgeGalore Book Reviews
"A novel of this depth and vision, Nicholas Denmon writeswith the maturity and precision of awell-aged author. The reader can feel the raw yet emotional toll of the live or die lifestyle... Mafiakillers...are generally known to be smooth and calculating, which not-socoincidentally describes ForNothing."
Reading In The Wings
"Nicholas Denmon does a greatjob at crafting a story that really draws you in. For Nothing has everything from dirty cops and larger than life gangsters to assassinsand corruption. Feel like you are there... it felt soauthentic... I rate the novel as anA because of its thrilling plot (the endingblew me away) and well-crafted characters."
About the Author
- File size : 759 KB
- Publication date : May 13, 2011
- Print length : 302 pages
- Publisher : D-Rated Novelists (May 13, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0050WA44K
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #545,815 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
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.)
The book has some very unexpected twists that keep you moving through and the varied perspective from which the story is told gives you the feeling of more than Alex Vaughn as the main character. I enjoyed being inside the mind of the various characters and felt as though the further I made it into the book, the faster the story moved along. Nick Denmon (author) did a great job of making the book more than just a mob story, it also was a great detective story, keeping you guessing and second guessing every character. As a huge fan of the tv series 24, I felt like I was intrigued and suspicious of everyone and finished each chapter feeling like I had to keep going to get answers.
The book ends with a great cliffhanger which resulted in me buying the second book "Buffalo Soldiers" and immediately starting it to try and get some answers!
To anyone on the fence about this book, it is 99 cents right now for the Kindle so what do you have to lose by giving it a shot? I bet you end up reading the 3 book series once you get started.
Top reviews from other countries
This bond of family and friendships is equally shared by the vengeful undercover policeman that is determined to get revenge for the death of his childhood friend no matter what the cost to him professionally or personally.
The opening page had me utterly mesmerized by the descriptive writing; although the opening scene is gory it is beautifully written.
This set the expectations high for the rest of the book and the author dose not disappoint he captures your mind and pulls you deep into the world of each character as you glide through their individual rolls within the story, allowing you to feel their tense emotional pain as the story progresses.
Just as you think you have worked out the plot it is snatched away from you. This book keeps you hooked right until you have turned the last page leaving you desperate to read the sequel.
The central core of this story is about one such undercover cop seeking revenge against the assassin that killed his best friend. But the environmental surrounding is rich with betrayal, violence, and vengeance.
In addition to Alex Vaughn’s hunt for the infamous killer, Rafael Rontego, the reader gets a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the complexities of mob rivalry. It’s an ugly story beautifully described.
Alex has given up his personal life as an undercover cop, and regrets it. Rafael’s ego pushes him slap bang in the middle of rival mob clans. Alex’s hunt for the killer of his friend achieves the same end. And both must fight for their survival – from the mob organisations, and from one another.
With crooked cops thrown in, and intense all-round rivalry, demarcation lines keep getting redrawn. Thus, trust is a rarity; Suspicion and duplicity are rife.
This is fast-paced, exciting and… a recommended read!
So this book has a great opening "hook" and it didnt take me very long to get immersed into the story. I love that the lines between good and evil are blurred here - you may well start off rooting for one character and end up with a complete turnaround by the end of the book. Twists and turns along the way keep you turning the pages and the finale is extremely good and will leave you wanting more...
I loved Rafael - Not sure I was supposed to but I did. And this is a well written, flowing tale of murder and mayhem with great characterisation, well rounded and fleshed out so you can really get to know them. The backdrop of Buffalo, NY is well described and the author has a great sense of place.
So all in all thoroughly enjoyable - if time allows I shall certainly be reading the next in the series and if you havent read this type of fiction before you may well want to start with this one.
Happy Reading Folks!
Alex Vaughn, a New York police officer, saw his friend's murder and wants revenge. So he goes undercover in order to infiltrate the crime family in Buffalo he believes responsible.
Rafael Rontego is the mafia's hit man and the two men are on a collision course.
There's lots of action, suspense and tension and the insight into the workings of the underworld is detailed and interesting if somewhat scary.
The chapters are written from the point of view of two characters which works well. The ending is a cliff hanger leading onto book two..
I was really surprised to learn this is a debut novel, the writing is so good. The details and descriptions make the story jump off the page, very visual and the characters are intriguing and decidedly believable.
Alex Vaughn is an undercover cop looking to avenge the death of his friend Jack but he has his own complex and on going problems to sort out too. Raphael Rontego is a mean, cold blooded assassin who relentlessly and efficiently eliminates the targets he is hired to kill [but what a man - my favourite character]. Throw in some bad guys, a Mafia power struggle and you have a thriller you won't want to or can't put down till the last page is turned. Full of twists and turns the ending was both unexpected and surprising too.
I highly recommend For Nothing and can't wait to get the next. Congratulations - I loved it - A stunning first for Nicholas Denmon.