Buffalo Soldiers

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews

Book II of the epic crime series: An Upstate New York Mafia Tale More

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About Nicholas Denmon

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 a schizophrenic mother, having six brothers and sisters (of which he is the middle-younger child), a perfectionist father, an evil step-mother, a college life to rival Tucker Max, and working for politicians on the Presidential as well as local stage. He has been, at times, a devout Catholic, a closet atheist, and an honorary member of the Jewish tribe.

Nick's joy of art knows little in the way of limitations, as he loves unique paintings, music, acting, film, and of course writing.

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Orwell Jones reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2014

Well just finished Buffalo Soldiers and all I can say is Wow!!!. What a book. I really enjoyed this very much. A great crime/suspense book. It was well worth the wait. Nicholas Denmon out did himself with this follow up story to For Nougthing about the Buffalo Mafia. Found it hard to put down. I just had to know what was happening next and where everyone stood.

We find ourselves start out at the upstate prison gates with Ivan Nivsky and Rafael Rontego has been kidnapped. Then the story takes off at a run. We are introduced to some new players and we even meet a few ladies. Oh!! what ladies they are. You will find yourself at times either cheering them on or hating them.

We meet FBI agent Sydney Price who hopes to bring down the the Ciancetta family and make a name for herself. We meet the Russian's who are out to try and take or the Italian family.
Rafael who I loved in the first book. This time we see him in a little different light. I still like him. He is in an forced alliance with Kira. They do make a good team together. Not sure I always liked her.

We do get more back round on some of the character and this helps fill in blanks on them. You understand how they got where they are and why they are there. You see the loyalty and close nit of the Mafia.This book will keep you on the edge of your set and feel like you are right there with them. I cheered at times and booed at time for them.

Nicholas is really a great author who knows how to draw you into the story and sometimes hanging hoping for more. This book will make you feel this way. I would well recommend this book. You will get the full impact if you read his first book. I'm really hoping to see a third book.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Serie Lang reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2014

Nicholas Denmon has really hit his stride in this, the second book in his Upstate New York Mafia Tale. Blending a mixture of familiar faces with some carefully crafted new characters, Buffalo Soldiers will take you on a journey that begins at a prison's gates, and ends at the gates to hell. A masterful storyteller, Denmon deftly takes us down several parallel paths that link up for a finale that will leave you not sitting on the edge of your seat, but hiding behind it.

While I would highly recommend reading For Nothing first for obvious reasons, Buffalo Soldiers stands on its own due to a great job by the author at filling in the back stories of the key players. These aren't just two dimensional characters who suffer from stereotypes. At times we sympathize with the villains and at other times we are angered at the police. All are flawed and all have redeeming qualities. It is this depth and realism that really draws you in and gets hold of you.

A common technique used in crime/suspense novels is to shift the perspective and story from character to character allowing the author to build suspense and keep the prose fresh. Denmon has mastered this style, but instead of a roller-coaster ride where there are some fast parts intertwined with some slower sections, the tension never lets up throughout this novel. The expression "can't put it down" has never been more accurate.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Ralph Myers reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2014

The predecessor to Buffalo Soldiers left me with one heck of a cliffhanger. I had half a mind to send an email to the author, but then again a good cliffhanger is usually enough to push someone to get the next book, and I have :)

This one pretty much picks up where the other left off. Some new surprises and lots of reasons to avoid working and chores to simply keep on reading.

As I said of the first, the writing is just beautiful. I recommend this to anyone and look forward to the next book in the series, as well as more books from this author!!! I've never been to NY but with such beautiful descriptions, it was easy for me to forget. 10 stars!!!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
chris vander reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2014

I was so happy to come across this author, Buffalo Soldiers is in the genre of days gone by, forties feel, thriller, black and white, smoky atmosphere.
It is totally riveting and will draw you in from the beginning, you will feel part of the story, trying to solve the mysteries as they occur, I completely and whole heartedly recommend this story, it's vintage with a twist of neuvo!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
frannie doland reviewed on on Feb. 19, 2014

Nicholas Denmon's debut thriller For Nothing had me in awe from its first pages, and Buffalo Soldiers is no different. It is different, though, all the while keeping with its Upstate NY Mafia Tale tone, if that's even possible. But it is, you know, possible, for this author, who is not just talented with words but in his writing is insightful, unique, and beautiful.

If there was one thing I never expected from this series it was to fall in love. In For Nothing it was not just Rontego (back off ladies, this one's mine) but the things found between the lines like the elegance of murder and the necessary evils that play alongside revenge. In Buffalo Soldiers it was Ivan. I was happy to see Raf again (like catching up with an old friend if you get my drift), but Ivan was who I was after as I flipped the pages. From his introduction I was enticed by him. For reasons this brilliant author should only have the right to give away, it turned out. Ivan, and Buffalo - I was in love. I am, in love. With the art of telling a darn good story, and reading one. With Buffalo Soldiers, for having achieved this feat, this level of otherworldly wonder where the mafia meets love meets tragedy meets family meets dammit, you don't have to do this to yourself. I mean, you don't have to live in this warzone of fire and regret and loss... so much loss. And as you realize it you cry, and then you ask yourself what the heck am I doing? because you're reading a freaking book, and it's not even real.

But it is.

You can feel it. And that's what matters to you.

Don't pass over this book because you think it's a mafia crime thriller and that's not "your thing". Read it because you like reading or because you believe in the power of the written word. Read it because you follow Nicholas Denmon on Twitter or you just don't know what to read next. Just make sure... you read it.

There's plenty of killing and stuff, too.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
frannie doland reviewed on on Nov. 6, 2012

As far as sequels go this one was spot on. I could see the growth of the characters as the author grew too from the first book to this one. I am going to be looking out for the next book in the series as I am now officially a fan.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
M.Sara Forleo reviewed on on May 4, 2012

I have to admit Nicholas Denmon is always one of my favorite authors. I love his writing. I love everything he writes. And he never ceases to fascinate me.
But... Why, oh why did you leave me hanging on a cliff like that?
Well, wouldn't say it was really a big cliffhanger, but nontheless it left me open-mouthed and with a burning desire to read more. So, please write the 3rd book fast! Please! I need to read it!
Back to Buffalo Soldiers:
I loved this book! I was so absorbed in it that I couldn't stop reading! I read it while having dinner, I read it while having a bath, I read it in bed at night until I fell asleep for exhaustion, I read it while having breakfast, I read it while having lunch, I read it on my laptop and on my smartphone too!
I can say I probably liked this book even more than "For Nothing".
All this considering this is not usually my genre. Usually romances, vampires and demons are my favorite reads. But for this author, for these books, I had to make an exception. They are too good not to read them! They are so good that it didn't matter what genre I was reading. It had all I need in a book. Action, blood, fights, tension, suspence, investigations, kidnappings, escapes, some romance too after all, and fascinating characters.

Although in "For Nothig" Alex was my favorite character (well, okay maybe I was even a little in love with him) and I was also kind of disappointed that he wasn't a very active character in Buffalo Soldiers, I found it also kind of right after all, because it had to make room to some new characters, like Kira, Ivan, Sydney, Briggs, Uncle Dick and others.
Let's talk about Kira: I can't say I totally liked her, especially in the beginning, treating her friends like shit and everything. But she's a kickass heroine like the ones I use to like in my favorite books after all, so she wasn't that bad, just kinda cold, but understandable seeing the life she had and the way she was raised. And I got to like her in the end anyway.
Ivan: Nice character. At times I liked him, at other times I didn't. He wasn't that bad though. He did what he did to survive after all. That was his life. His world.
Sydney: Not the kickass I'd have liked to see, but still a hardass. She's strong and tries to do always her best. Though she seemed kinda naive at times maybe. Guess we'll get to see her in the next book? Maybe with Alex too?
Briggs: I didn't like him from the start. He didn't convince me. He was a weird character. I knew something wasn't right with him, though I didn't want to admit it because Syd liked him. Oh, well.
Uncle Dick: SOB!
Rafael: I really liked him in this book. Much more than in "For Nothing". And I loved the "forced alliance" between him and Kira. They made a great team.
I liked Bobby too.
The Black Widow: I wanted to kick his ass (and not only that) and shut his damned mouth for good! Irritating SOB!
Missing someone? Oh, well, they probably didn't impress me much.
I was sorry about Charlotte... although in "For Nothing" she really got on my nerves, and I didn't like her much, I was sorry for Alex. That part was really sad, together with what happened to Ivan.

So, 5 full stars for Buffalo Soldiers and 5 full stars for Nicholas Denmon.
Highly recommended book. This is a MUST READ. You just can't miss this!
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

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