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For Nothing (An Upstate New York Mafia Tale #1)

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Undercover cop Alex Vaughn goes deeper than ever into the organized crime family of Buffalo, NY. Motivated by justice and revenge, he seeks out the assassin that laid his friend Jack low.

Professional killer Rafael Rontego traverses the deadly politics of Buffalo’s mafia underbelly. In a city whose winter can be just as deadly as those wielding power, Rontego tries to stay
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Published May 14th 2011 by D-Rated Novelists (first published May 13th 2011)
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Shawn Cannon
May 29, 2011 Shawn Cannon rated it it was amazing
In truth I started to read this because a friend of a friend had wrote a novel and I wanted to show some support to an indie writer. For the price of 99 cents, buying it was a no brainer.

Initially I was overanalyzing the novel as I got started into it. I felt the first chapter was well written and intriguing enough for me to turn to the next chapter. The book took a step back shortly thereafter as there was a lack of originality and a repeat use of descriptions in the first part of the book. It
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Liz
Sep 03, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok
I wanted SO badly to like this book... I just couldn't get past the editing (or lack thereof) and amateur prose. The style felt like something from an introductory creative writing class - and that's fine, if you're IN an introductory creative writing class. For something that has actually gone through the rigorous process of editing, rewriting and publishing, I expect more.

On a positive note, the story's premise was unique and interesting, and I also enjoyed the way the chapters alternated betw
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Sharon
May 29, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
69p ... thought I'd give it a go !

So glad I did ... An absolute steal. Brilliant. I loved it. Definitely want a sequel !

Such a professional editing job too as for 69p you usually find an appalling edited ebook but this was flawless to my memory.
Heather Faville
May 29, 2011 Heather Faville rated it it was amazing
This ain't negotiation time. This is Scarface, final scene, fuckin' bazookas under each arm, 'say hello to my little friend! ~Christopher Moltisanti, The Sopranos

Alex Vaughn's colleague and friend, Jack, calls him up asking for some backup with an undercover meet, Alex is a bit nervous with Jack's secrecy, but he went along anyway. He went along and he watched his friend get killed. With justice and revenge as a motivating factor, New York City cop, Alex Vaughn, goes back undercover, as Victor G
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Missionman
Feb 21, 2012 Missionman rated it did not like it
I have to agree with the other readers who don't understand all the high reviews on Amazon.com. I had such high hopes for this book. What an awful letdown. This book is dreadful; poorly written and chock full of 1-dimensional cookie-cutter stereotypes. How bad is the writing you ask? Here are some examples:

"Sal stated it so devoid of emotion that Victor caught himself staring at the emotional gangster".  So which is he - emotional or devoid of emotion?

"Depending on that, my answer depends".  Wha
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Nicole Smith
May 13, 2011 Nicole Smith rated it it was amazing
I’ve read more than a few Mafia crime novels over the past ten years. Some of have been real duds that have fallen short of capturing the right tone for that sort of book. However, that’s not the case with Nicholas Denmon‘s For Nothing. It’s one of the best I’ve read in that genre, hands down! This story is gritty and definitely captures the tone of the Mafia world, as seen in shows like The Sopranos.

From the very first page of this novel, I was hooked! The opening scene made my jaw drop because
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Gareth
Jun 28, 2014 Gareth rated it really liked it
Dark and dangerous thriller:

A hard-boiled gritty thriller, vividly describing the Mafia underbelly and the fragile undercover cops that work within it.

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 complexiti
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Forrest
Aug 20, 2012 Forrest rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried. Really, I tried. This book broke me.

The best thing I can say about "For Nothing" is that the machinations of the Buffalo mafia were interesting. It seems that the author has done his homework. The tone is about right, but there my praise (if you can call it that) abruptly ends.

In short: I've read this book so you won't have to. You have been warned.

The novel was written, obviously. But it was not crafted, also obviously. The characters were wooden and the prose was simply atrocious. Fo
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Allie Burke
May 15, 2014 Allie Burke rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book.

This is the first "Mafia Crime Thriller" I've ever read. Mystery, suspense, thrillers, yes, but never anything like this. Naturally, going into it, I had no idea what to expect.

I read this book on my computer. I sat down, leaning back comfortably as I prepared myself to be there for a while. I read the first three lines of the book... and I gasped. I sat up in my chair, leaned forward and with my eyes relentlessly scanned the screen for the rest of the story. It had me, and did
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Joe
Feb 13, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought the Kindle version of this book mainly because I live in Buffalo, NY and wanted to see how the author used our city in this book. This is normally not a genre of book I would read.

The book moved along at a nice pace and it was quite an enjoyable read. It was interesting to see the accurate description of Shea's Theatre, one of the most beautiful theatres in the US in a crime novel. It was also interesting to note that the legitimate business of one of the mob groups in this book was cal
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Julia
May 24, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
Wow for something a little different for me to read I thought this book was amazing and well written. Descriptive where I could picture each scene and kept me turning the pages as I finished the book reading only in the evenings till today I didn't want to put it down last night so I had to get back to it today and finish it before tonight! Amazing and can't wait for the next book to come out as it is I'm curious as to what the author has in mind for the second book to this amazing start of a se ...more
Jill Stoddard
Nov 16, 2011 Jill Stoddard rated it it was ok
I got this book b/c it got rave reviews on Amazon. I don't get it at all. There was little to no character development, the dialogue was dry, and the plot was boring.
Nic
Jan 19, 2012 Nic rated it it was ok
The title says it all. I don't know why all the other reviews were so good. This book is poorly written and the story is flat and unoriginal (as are the characters). Ugh.
Cambria
Jun 17, 2011 Cambria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: For Nothing
Author: Nicholas Denmon
Genre: Fiction, Mafia Crime Thriller
Format: E-book, Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1463567835

Alex Vaughn is a work-a-holic. He dedicates every hour of his day to bringing down the baddies, locking them up and tossing away the key. When his best friend Jack comes to him for help with a big secret meeting Alex agrees to help.

But sometimes even the best of plans get derailed.

Unfortunately, this time someone ended up dead. When Alex looked down at his friend lying on
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Sara
Sep 30, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
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Liz Barnsley
Aug 31, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it
So first of all I should say that I usually avoid Mafia/gang related fiction because its not really my sort of thing. A bit like religious conspiracy thrillers I tend to find them all a bit samey. However, occasionally I'll dip my toe in the water so to speak because as with all types of book there are the good and the bad. And this one was good. Very good in fact. Whilst this genre is never going to be top of my "to read" list I'm very pleased I picked this one up and gave it a go. My Sunday Si ...more
Stephaney
Oct 14, 2011 Stephaney rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Very well written and great characters. Fast paced and intense. I was most impressed with how beautiful the prose was considering the dark and gritty plot; it added a sort of romantic film noir flair that really hooked me!

I didn't give it 5 stars because I don't think the mafia crime drama is really my thing, though I did enjoy trying something new. I wish he would have just stuck with Alex and Rafael for POV changes. There would randomly be short POV segments by secondary char
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Pat
Apr 30, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
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Nicholas Denmon’s book For Nothing with its powerful and brilliantly written opening scene, grabs you, draws you in and sets you off on a dangerous and gripping journey of emotional turmoil, amazing characters and scenes and events you feel you are a part of because they are so vividly and graphically described.
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 a
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Diane
Jul 06, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To people who like a good thriller
Recommended to Diane by: author Nicholas Denmon
Just finished this book and really enjoyed it. I found this author really good.

Found this a great portrayal of the Mafia world right up there for people who have enjoyed reading the Godfather, Soprano and Good-fellas. Love how he brought in actual sites and streets from around Buffalo, which I recognized since growning up there.

We have Alex who is a detective and also has done undercover in the Mafia. He is out to find the killer of his good friend Jack. Well sometimes even our best of plans c
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Lloyd Glater
Aug 19, 2013 Lloyd Glater rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book as well but on the whole I felt it let me down. There are some good parts to it, in that the main assassin is shown to have a human side and is not invincible by any means. It is also good to have a book that alternates between the killers' perspective and the police's perspective. The main premise of the story was interesting and it did keep my attention to the end.

Where it let me down was in that I found several parts to be unbelievable. That there would be a
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Danielle
May 21, 2012 Danielle rated it did not like it
i usually stick with books i don't enjoy, especially if they're short, as i hate leaving something unfinished. however, my goodreads queue is way too long to keep enduring this one. i had picked it up because it had rather good reviews on both amazon and goodreads, and the kindle version was 99 cents. when am i going to learn my lesson about cheap books??

i made it halfway through the very cliched and stereotypical mafioso storyline. the characters were flat, the dialogue was forced. it felt a lo
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meleah
This book was awesome! It is my first mafia-themed mystery/crime novel, and I loved it. The story had me hooked from the first few pages and didn't let up. It even had a suspenseful ending. The book had a sort of 'film noir' feel to it and the descriptions were very well done. I could almost taste and feel the atmosphere. The story does a good job switching between view points of different characters, and the author writes each in a way that allows you to really sympathize and see from their per ...more
Mindy Jaynes
Nov 16, 2011 Mindy Jaynes rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I'd get into a mafia story. Seeing that the last few books I was sure I'd enjoy failed my expectations, I decided to give it a shot. I was looking for books that weren't being hyped up too much & ended up coming across this gem. I was happy to read something that everyone wasn't talking about. I was curious as to what this new author had to offer. Nicholas Denmon did not disappoint.

The action starts immediately. I'm not kidding, the first 3 sentences of this book will have you
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Kelly
Jun 07, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
While the story was good and did a good job of providing surprises and twists (particularly at the end), I found the editing (or lack thereof) to be distracting. Most were minor infractions (e.g. missing words, 'of' instead of 'off', 'in' instead of 'on'), but there were enough of them that I found that they took me out of the story a little bit. The worst was when Ryan Slate/Ricky Vincennzio was referred to as Ricky Slate in one of the teen chapters. In addition, I found the level of gore descr ...more
Lynne Zimmerman
Sep 17, 2014 Lynne Zimmerman rated it it was amazing
I have a handful of friends I share books with. Over the summer, they’ve been passing around For Nothing and telling me I have to read it next.

I’m skeptical when they all agree but I started it. I expected to be the odd woman out but just like them I devoured it.

What kept going through my mind as I read this was, “How have I gone so long without having heard of this?”

The reply from my friends was, “I know, right?”

If you’ve found your way to reviews, good for you. You should read it. You should
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Daizie
Apr 19, 2013 Daizie rated it really liked it
When I started reading For Nothing, I had a totally different expectation, and was pleasantly engrossed in this tale of two different men, seeking different goals, yet hoping for similar outcomes. The pace was good, and I truly enjoyed the characters. For a debut book, I think the author did well. As the read went on, there was a feeling towards the end of strength in the characters, as their story evolved.
I look forward to the next in the series, to see where the story goes, as well as the aut
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J
May 19, 2011 J rated it it was amazing
Told from the points of view of an undercover cop and the assassin he's hunting, this book is a wonderful portrayal of life in the cold mafia world of Buffalo, NY. Buffalonians will appreciate the inclusion of actual Buffalo sites. Mafia lovers will enjoy the politics of staying alive amid Family warfare. There's even something for the ladies--a heartbreaking tale of a marriage gone wrong, and Alex's struggle to get his family back. The dual storytelling and great vocabulary makes for an interes ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is a story of a man avenging his friends death and finding himself in the middle of a war between two mafia families.

This story never let up once. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down. The author did a good job of explaining the different aspects of mafia life and hierarchy. There were many twists and turns and just when I thought I was on the right track I was thrown another curveball. The ending was totally unexpected and was clearly left wide open for a sequel. I for one
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Julia Carton
Jul 31, 2013 Julia Carton rated it really liked it
I do like a dark gritty thriller so glad this was recommended to me and I got it for free. The story is face paced from beginning to end with quite a few twists and turns which make you want to get to the end only to find you still are asking questions and wanting the answers (good job I got the next book too). As gangster, mafia type books go, this book shows a more realism others I've read without the glitz and the gloss hence why I enjoyed it
Michelle Smith
Oct 11, 2011 Michelle Smith rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars. Enjoyable read. Struck me as a character portrait of two different sides of the law, two very troubled men in different, but eerily similar, places in their lives. Loved how the title fit into the story. Strength in story, though some of the pacing slowed down a bit much for me. Some of the scenes, like the Wizeguys attempted assassination infiltrated by the kid, were real standouts. Actually, some parts read like a movie - I could totally see this on the big screen!
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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 an eccentric mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an
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