For Nothing

For Nothing

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by Nicholas Denmon, Jesse Horst

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Book I in An Upstate New York Mafia Trilogy

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…  See more details below


Book I in An Upstate New York Mafia Trilogy

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 ahead of the game.

Their two worlds collide in this epic thriller that takes the reader on a search for self, justice, and truth.

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Blog - Allie Burke
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

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For Nothing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
NICHOLAS DENMON'S "FOR NOTHING" (REVIEW) I have always been fascinated and a little terrified by the world of Mafia families. I must admit that Nicholas Denmon has written a rather alluring piece of fiction that packs in both the politics and action with a punch, I really enjoyed the novel and would love to read more in the near future. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Cass-a-Nova More than 1 year ago
Mafia stories are some of my favorite action stories and I really enjoyed For Nothing's spin on it. It has all the elements you need with dynamic characters and their development to spine tingling action and a hint of mystery. For 99cents and a debut novel, I had my money's worth plus about 10.99 ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this one down! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really enjoed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected a run of the mill mob book and got something extraordinary. The twists this book has never stop...even the last sentence made me raise my eyebrow. Buy it. At .99 cents get a steal!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
I mostly read romance novels but am trying more suspense and mystery/thriller types and paranormal. Sometimes you just need a break from the typical romance. I assumed this book was something different. I was not wrong there. I thought it would follow a typical Mafia type blueprint-it does not. Things just do not happen how and in the order you suspect them to. This is a good thing-keeps you on your toes and guessing as to what will happen next. Liked reading about the loyalty amongst the Italians as I do have some friends that are Italian and the mark is close to home. Very high detail-this would make a movie very easy to produce as it's all there for them. It was easy to follow the characters as they were introduced even though some have different names, which is thoroughly explained. I love the injections of Italian into this plot. Just the right touch. I liked the background on the players, and the scenery. You can tell the author did a lot of research on the topic. Just when I thought the book was about to end i was wrong. It continued on with more twists and turns. I did not see the ending as occurring as it did, WOW! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I could not read fast enough every day to finish it. There is never a dull moment and it's fast paced action and the words the author uses to describe what's happening I can say I was right there watching it all happen live. Exhilarating and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas. I will make sure all my house chores are done so I can read it within 3 days time. It is one of those types of books you do not even want to go to sleep at night, you'd rather read straight through.
TrinityTrinTrin More than 1 year ago
Rafael Rontego stole some lives in this book...and my heart. His character is so dynamic and even though the book is told from multiple views his is the one I wanted to race forward too! Ah, if only he could come to life...and not kill anyone!!
ChrisT88 More than 1 year ago
Enough said!
TabithaJR More than 1 year ago
Just like I like my thrillers. Give it a shot at .99 cents -well worth it.
samia2 More than 1 year ago
I liked the style of writing the novel, Nicholas Denmon has the talent for writing and he was very detailed in describing the characters, the scenes, Events and persons. The suspense style makes you the sequence of events with eagerly large. In the end, it is an excellent novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having recently finished watching 'The Sopranos', I was keen to read something mafia related. The description of 'For Nothing' promised all the themes I usually enjoy; revenge, crime, power struggle, interesting characters, etc. In the end, the novel didn't disappoint. Right from the first chapter I felt that the story was going to be full of action and, as I read along with Alex Vaughan's journey towards avenging his friend's death, I did not feel let down. Nicholas Denmon has created intriguing characters, including a 'villain' (come assassin), Rafael, who was surprisingly easy to sympathise with and find likeable. I will be reading the sequel when I can.
Lesley_Moreno More than 1 year ago
Usually I read paranormal but I gave this book a chance and really fell in love with the characters. I stayed up late to finish and I think that is all I need to say!
Mr_G_Loveday More than 1 year ago
Very raw, real and gritty.  Love the Buffalo name drops too.  Guy knew his stuff!
AaronR0 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed my first go at this author. Exciting and suspenseful! 
Sasse142 More than 1 year ago
Great book, never a dull moment!!! Def'ly a must read. Onto the sequel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read..this book was very hard to put down..Bn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
CharleneR More than 1 year ago
A whirlwind of adventure and action and revenge and retribution and death and mayhem and love, this book took me on a journey and I was left gasping for air. Highly recommend this debut by Nick Denmon
GuySmiley More than 1 year ago
A side of the criminal mind is portrayed like I have never seen before. The story is fast, violent, and full of power struggles. Fun, cheap, and cheap is for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story did not connect with me. Read, skimmed, and then skipped to last few pages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GiselleP More than 1 year ago
This novel is a gripping thriller with a theme that harkens back to the Noir days. Alex and Rafael, as main characters, are no-holds-barred men with a clear understanding of what their motives are and have no trouble braking whatever rule is necessary to get what they want. Nicholas Denmon’s wring is clean and imaginative with just the right amount of detail to make the reader cringe at every murder and sigh at every victory. He stays true to the grit and grim that can be felt in the city of Buffalo and add passion and edginess to a situation which is already tragic. And, even though he writes the mafia types in the same tired Italian Guido stereotypes that every reader knows from watching The Godfather; he still grounds the book in humanity and pathos by lapsing back to the pain and inner turmoil that Alex holds onto as he seeks equal parts justice and revenge for his friend. Overall this novel is a fabulous leisure read for the rainy day or to listen to on a long car ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action open with a Big Bang! Moving in a bullet-train speed. Once the action begins there is no point of stopping it. A tour de force of the underworld in the city jungle. A must read for all the mafiosi story fans and for those who love a good past-paced action. Written in the tradition of Mario Puzo and an heir to the Godfather like theme. Nicholas has the talent for writing. He knows how to tell a story. Keep on firing Nicholas Denmon!                      !