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The Don Con

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Pace Press
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I was approached to read and review this book I read the synopsis, thought I would pass but didn’t delete the email. When I went back later in the day when I wasn’t so rushed, I found myself thinking about how I watched The Sopranos every week with my husband. We were “fans” but not “FANS”, we would never go to a convention center to pay for the actor’s autographs, but I thought both my husband and I may enjoy this story, so I said yes to a copy.

Joey Volpe was a bit actor
Renee James
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you read a book like The Don Con, with a hero as engaging as Joey Volpe, in a story that unfolds as smoothly and seamlessly as this one does, you remember how much fun – just all out fun – reading can be. Not everything has to be exhausting (See The Goldfinch.) Not everything has to be an indictment of the western world (see the New York Times Non-fiction Best Seller list.) For me, a great book is a combination of entertaining, hilarious, smart and surprising, all wrapped up in very good st ...more
Charlie Quimby
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read books to be entertained. I don't laugh easy and I find the prospect of some poor writer trying to get a joke across... well, it's humiliating. Because I'm a writer and I hate to see my cohorts not reaching for immortality, you know?

I don't watch television either, see? And Vegas is off limits to me except in a purely Robert Venturi way.

So I am not Richard Armstrong's target market. That man knows target markets. He is practically a reach out into the target market and get them to
Dan Lawton
Joey Volpe, who once played a very small role on The Sopranos, is a starving actor in New York who gets wrapped up with the mob in Philadelphia after a run-in at a comic-con-like gathering of fans. Joey's marriage is on the rocks and his career is just about over, and he's strapped for cash. The con he gets wrapped up in doesn't go to plan, and he spends some time at a minimum security prison because of it. While there, he conspires with his "cubicle mates" to get some revenge, and when the time ...more
CA Portnellus
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quirky-fun
I was given an ARC for an honest review of this novel. This is the fun part now after reading the novel I get to give the author a bunch of stars! Kudos for a mostly clean edit, rare typos. Thanks for an unusual but fun plot. Witty, a slip of the tongue with sly characters who seem believable and fun.
A sad state that we are in a modern society where one's life and work depends on the star ratings and remembrances of our past lives and efforts. This is the real insider plot for an actor who never
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE DON CON by Richard Armstrong

Known for his bit role in the mobster series The Sopranos, along with a recurring role in another gangster series, down on his luck actor Joey Volpe finds the best way to make money is to sign autographs at popular culture fan conventions. When a real life member of the mafia makes Joey an offer he can't refuse, Joey finds himself participating in an armed robbery...which does not go to plan. With an incompetent public defender, Joey finds himself in prison...wher
Cathryn Wellner
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Mafia novels? Not on my radar. But this novel zoomed into view and kept me wondering what the characters would do next. Any creative will relate to an actor who just hasn't quite made it, in spite of his talent. Flawed humans will wince but recognize their own failings in the lead characters.

When Richard Armstrong suggested I might like his book because of something I'd reviewed, I sighed. I am not a fan of genre fiction and wish people would stop sending them to me. But his pitch caught my ima
David Armstrong
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, let me start out by saying that I am not in anyway related to the author. I was however fortunate enough to receive a pre release version of the book for being a frequent reviewer on (it has its benefits for sure)This book is one you have to read. If you enjoy mafia related books, con man books or just like to read, PICK UP THIS BOOK! As soon as I turned the first page, I couldn't put it down. Joey Volpe is an out of work actor who had a small (and I mean small) part in ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - The Don Con by Richard Armstrong is really different - I am an avid reader of thrillers and mysteries, so I wasn't sure if this book would be "my cup of tea". Well it is - and I think if you are a fan of Goodfellas, Sopranos, or just live in the city, you will recognize these characters because they really are believable.
Joey is a "wannabe", and he is defintely on a losing streak. He is a small time actor playing parts in Italian mobster films. But he's on the down slide. When he is approa
Chris Cartwright
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had received a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author in exchange for an honest review., and here are my thoughts.
First off, I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very well fleshed out as were the surroundings. The book moved along at a good pace and there were some LOL ( Laugh out Loud ) moments. The main character is a lot of fun and would be a gem at a party!
The only thing I did not like about the book, is the descriptions of certain things. Also the ram
Sheryl Smith
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed “The Don Con.” It was a great combination of intrigue and humor. Gangsters and actors figure largely in this story. Lots of Shakespeare quotes. I’m not a big follower of Mafia movies/shows/books so some of the name dropping went over my head, but movie buffs and Mafiosi fans will love this book. It’s also fun to read for those of us not so in the know. As you can guess from the title, there is a con involved, and what a con it is! The author has a nice, breezy style of writi ...more
TM Conway
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books that are so well written that you can "see" what's happening. This is how it was with this book. I really hope this turns into a series. The main character (Joey) is both very human and comic and I found myself muttering advice to him as I read. Most of all, I love that this book made me laugh. And I don't mean a quiet tittering but bursts of full on belly laughs. ** minor spoiler alert**

Favorite supporting characters: Joey's first courtroom lawyer and Nigel/Beason. I dare anyone wh
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joey and Caitlin are struggling actors. To make ends meet, Joey is working conventions signing autographs from his two small roles he once played. One day, Joey is approached by a mob boss asking him to do an acting job for him. Of course, there really isn't a choice. Read about the adventure that leads Joey to jail and after he and his friends make an offer that even the mob boss can't refuse. Oh, sweet revenge! I do not usually read this genre as much as the more serious thrillers and paranorm ...more
Jay Williams
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of a New York actor who is bullied into taking part in a robbery. He is caught and sentenced to a minimum security prison under the RICO act. His fellow prisoners make up a gang that helps him seek revenge on the Mafia boss that set him up. The characters are hilarious and the plot is based on using the Comicon idea for gangsters. The style of writing is easy to read and the story is both heart-warming and funny.
Valerie Wells
I was graciously given a copy for review. If you loved the Sopranos your in for a treat. I was a fan but the the ending sucked. I hated all the filthy language , it distracted me. Well the book does the same. It is not the Sopranos but , I am not giving any spoilers. I believe the writer has a big future ahead of him. It just had to much foul language for my taste. The story line is good.
Cindy Mayron
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of Richard Armstrong’s The Don Con. It was a little awkward to read on my IPad in the .pdf format, but by the end of Act I, I was hooked and thought I knew what was coming! Boy, was I surprised—but happily, everyone got what they deserved in the end!

Armstrong’s writing style was easy to read, and just when a thought or question came to mind, one of his characters said or answered it. This book was a fast-paced caper that was full of surprises until the end. It was hard
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