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Posted October 27, 2013
This gritty mafia/cop drama starts off as a much too simple reve
This gritty mafia/cop drama starts off as a much too simple revenge story and becomes a story of struggle, both internal as much as external: cops vs the mob, family vs duty, love vs hate. Throughout the novel there is the revenge plot flowing through, but it isn't as much as a driving force as it is a drowning one for the main character, namely the protagonist. The antagonist doesn't even realize there is a revenge plot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At times, Denmon's characters' thoughts don't add up in a logical way to their choices. The novel's protagonist, Alex Vaughn, an undercover cop on a mission to avenge his friend's murder, must decide on revenge or keeping his family together by choosing to leave the job that's consuming him. In the reading, it seems that Alex only want to go home, but he chooses to keep following leads to his friend's killer. There is not adequate internal discussion to make Alex's choice reasonable. The antagonist, Rafael Rontego, the assassin who killed Alex's friend is a sociopath with a moral compass. Which is impossible. At times he is cold and unfeeling which would ring true of someone whose psyche could not contain thoughts of compassion or feel love. On the other hand, Rontego may have been in love before, he can feel loyalty to his mob boss, and he even makes a friend in the novel.
If you like mafia stories, this novel almost delivers, but does not quite satisfy any "Godfather" cravings. Likewise, the cop drama aspect isn't completely fulfilled either. Denmon writes an interesting novel of the grit of Buffalo, New York, but the abrupt jumps to different character points of view muddle his intentions of an epic crime drama. The not-quite-connected plot lines make it hard to get a sense of an overarching theme. While not great, this book is still worth picking up if you like a pretty good mob story.
Posted October 25, 2013
This was a good read not great. It¿s the kind of book you apprec
This was a good read not great. It’s the kind of book you appreciate, if this is your cup of tea., that is. Alex Vaughn, the undercover officer, is you generic divorced guy. “Forced” to go undercover to discover his friends killers. His personality is quite predictable which makes him not a character the reader would care much . Other the other hand the Rafael Rontego, our hit man , is a cool assassin , with a heart of gold? Well maybe that’s a stretch but he is a nice guy to those who are not in his way. His confidences is charming and his perspectives have a dark insightful-ness to them. The author does a amazing job painting a picture of buffo New York. I have never been there but after reading this book I could really see some of the streets and apartments. The story flows well. It’s a tell that’s been told before. At first it seems as if you know where it is going but there are some surprising (although I wish there were more) still it was great the author added his own personal to the mix.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2013
I got to say, I'm not much of a crime/thriller book person but t
I got to say, I'm not much of a crime/thriller book person but this one caught my interest. If you can get past the heavy imagery paragraphs and questionable editing, then For Nothing will definitely grab you. The cast of characters is what sold the story for me and I found myself rooting for Alex from the start. I even loved how the street names and descriptions of Buffalo, New York are pretty accurate. If you want to just sit back and enjoy a good story then I recommend this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2012
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