Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade

Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade

When it was over, there were a lot of questions. The detectives were embarrassed but they still wanted answered, "How did a 15-year-old runaway successfully pose as a world traveled countess?" The newspapers turned it back on them, practically sneering, "How did she do it while under investigation by the FBI, DEA, and Interpol?" The Mafia had been demanding the same thing...

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Title:Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade
Author:Tanya Thompson
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:280 pages

Assuming Names: A Con Artist's Masquerade Reviews

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    Mar 17, 2014

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it numerous times during the editing process and enjoyed it more and more each time I read it.

    As is often said, the truth is stranger than fiction. If I didn’t know this was a true story, I would have thought it was too far-fetched to be a fiction novel. I mean, you have a 15-year-old girl outsmarting so many law enforcement agencies it isn’t even funny. Yet, I laughed. A lot. I shook my head. A lot. I gasped. A lot. I think my favorite part o

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it numerous times during the editing process and enjoyed it more and more each time I read it.

    As is often said, the truth is stranger than fiction. If I didn’t know this was a true story, I would have thought it was too far-fetched to be a fiction novel. I mean, you have a 15-year-old girl outsmarting so many law enforcement agencies it isn’t even funny. Yet, I laughed. A lot. I shook my head. A lot. I gasped. A lot. I think my favorite part of the whole book is in the middle. Ms. Thompson answered my questions with one word: “Fifteen.” That sums up every question, disbelief, head-shaking moment in this book. And it sums those moments up perfectly.

    Assuming Names takes the reader on one wild ride. An unforgettable ride. A ride that will keep you glued to the book until you read the last page.

    Would I recommend it: Yes, I would.

    Will I read it again: I doubt it, but I am looking forward to reading Ms. Thompson’s future books.

    (I received a copy of this book for review purposes. Although I was compensated for the editing work, it in no way affected the outcome of my review. My review is my honest opinion of the book.)

  • Brynn
    Apr 02, 2014

    This girl is crazy. I'm not giving it 5 stars because her schemes are not as mind-bendingly intelligent as those in "Catch Me if You Can," and that was what I was expecting, but it was still a very interesting book.

  • Victor
    Jul 06, 2014

    I normally don’t get involved in these discussions because I find someone has already said what I want to say so I don’t have to say it. This time however no one is weighing in with the obvious. The vitriol in the one star reviews is either ignorance or personal. I’m not slinging insults, I use the word ignorance in the strictest definition. The revie

    I normally don’t get involved in these discussions because I find someone has already said what I want to say so I don’t have to say it. This time however no one is weighing in with the obvious. The vitriol in the one star reviews is either ignorance or personal. I’m not slinging insults, I use the word ignorance in the strictest definition. The reviewers are unaware the author’s story is backed up by the media. Big media, like the Dallas Herald, Woman’s World Magazine, the Statesmans, and the giant old elephant in the room, the Associated Press.

    You ask, “Really?” and the media answers, “Yes, really.”

    Yes really, a fifteen year old girl went and pulled a jaw dropping long con that should earn her some sort of recognition in Wikipedia’s list of famous impostors. Because none of those tricksters took on the FBI or Interpol. Nor did any of them do it before they were legal to drive.

    So before you trash the book as too farfetched to be tolerated, go and look the story up.

    Because if you’re not tearing the book apart for its unsubstantiated claims, which we’ve determined are substantiated, then I suspect the hate is personal, because this young woman has gone to some effort to make enemies. She starts the book with a Bloody Mary styled incantation against Jesus (something I was too terrified as a child to repeat three times) and then she casually makes a couple of rape jokes. Really.

    But it’s kind of funny. Really, again.

    Not every single word she writes is repeated by the media, but the big stuff is. The bits about the FBI, Interpol, the DEA, INS, the mental asylum, the sheriff’s departments, Ron Howard, the ACLU, and the Dallas Refugee Agency. All the big stuff is bona fide verified.

    You ask, “Really?” and the media answers, “Yes, really.”

  • Jenny Blossom
    Aug 06, 2014

    This seems the place to share Postal prints. My favourite photographer hangs in the White Gallery. He’s got a way of capturing the essence of things and what he’s captured here is Tanya’s most mischievous personality. It comes through in the book just as vivid as it does in the image. Love the picture and love the book. Both are just so much fun!

  • Philip Tha- B. Toole
    Aug 07, 2014

    What an amazing story-- I'm floored by the sheer audacity. My first, second, third.... twentieth thought was, 'this can't be real?' But, is it? After having gone through it, I don't even know! :D)

    Who didn't get attracted/ensnared in this young woman's fantasy life?? Other than myself, lol. Governments, police organizations, organized crime, civil rights orgs, Hollywood, I mean there is a trail of hooks that caught everyone.

    Smuggling, sex slavery, and the fascinating thing about this is that the

    What an amazing story-- I'm floored by the sheer audacity. My first, second, third.... twentieth thought was, 'this can't be real?' But, is it? After having gone through it, I don't even know! :D)

    Who didn't get attracted/ensnared in this young woman's fantasy life?? Other than myself, lol. Governments, police organizations, organized crime, civil rights orgs, Hollywood, I mean there is a trail of hooks that caught everyone.

    Smuggling, sex slavery, and the fascinating thing about this is that the story comes across as really quite amusing. I'd be inclined to think if someone were just describing it, that this was a very somber tale. I guess all I can say is that certain auras and atmospheres surround different people differently, and sometimes things can come together in such a way as to make of it, what such does with all good stories, into a kind of Legend.

    Now, there is some violence in here, but there would almost have to be with all of the 'actors' that cross Tanya Thompson's stage-- but for all that, it really is not all nasty gloom, though there is darkness. Yet, it's usually in those very shadows that the human spirit finds a light to shine, or creates one out of thin air for itself.

    Much as the 'Countess' did with her entire identity. I'm glad I got into this!

  • Michael DeAngelo
    Aug 08, 2014

    These days, the antihero has become somewhat of a fan favorite in terms of a reader's choice of protagonist. Thompson excels at writing a character with shades of grey, rather than strict blacks and whites. Not so much corrupt as mischievous, the Countess is a persona that is interesting to see evolve, even as she unravels.

    There are countless times when you read this story, and all the times that "Constance" is duping one official after another that you wonder if Thompson is actually getting the

    These days, the antihero has become somewhat of a fan favorite in terms of a reader's choice of protagonist. Thompson excels at writing a character with shades of grey, rather than strict blacks and whites. Not so much corrupt as mischievous, the Countess is a persona that is interesting to see evolve, even as she unravels.

    There are countless times when you read this story, and all the times that "Constance" is duping one official after another that you wonder if Thompson is actually getting the better of you as well. Is this actually something that happened? The news article clippings on her site seem to suggest so. One thing's for sure: Tanya tells a story and she sticks to it. And besides, its all too crazy to be anything but true.

    Looking forward to reading the sequel.

  • AnnMarie Stone
    Aug 14, 2014

    Assuming Names by Tanya Thompson

    Let us start off by saying that I love this book. It was overall very well written and extremely entertaining. I basically read it in two sittings. Love it.

    In the foreword, the author explains that the compliment of beautiful is not nearly as good as the compliment of brilliant. This elicited two reactions. First, I was reminded of A Disreputable History of Frankie-Landeau Banks by E. Lockhart, which I loved. Second, I immediately felt a connection to the main ch

    Assuming Names by Tanya Thompson

    Let us start off by saying that I love this book. It was overall very well written and extremely entertaining. I basically read it in two sittings. Love it.

    In the foreword, the author explains that the compliment of beautiful is not nearly as good as the compliment of brilliant. This elicited two reactions. First, I was reminded of A Disreputable History of Frankie-Landeau Banks by E. Lockhart, which I loved. Second, I immediately felt a connection to the main character, because I completely agree.

    Meet fifteen year old Tanya, who has the same issue as many teenagers. Boredom. But, Tanya has some interesting coping abilities, which lead to quite a few adventures that most teenagers will only ever read about. Only, they don’t stop when she’s done being a teenager.

    As far as writing technique goes, I was extremely pleased. While there were a few issues here and there, like scene changes and the like, most of it is likely due to the fact that these events happened quite some time ago, and weren’t major. Or, I would not be surprised, that they were intentional, meant to give you a better understanding of the way Tanya’s brain functioned.

    My Recommendation:

    I absolutely loved this book. Adored it, even. I highly recommend anyone looking for an amusing and enjoyable read.

    My rating:

    I give this book four stars, due to some of the confusion. But a very high four star.

  • Niyati Em
    Aug 21, 2014

    I've been thinking about what I can say about this book. It did underline the old adage that 'An Empty Mind is a Devil's Workshop'

    The book starts off on a very interesting note. When I got down to reading it, the first thing I did was to go to the author's website and check out the articles. It seemed too good to be true.

    I've always been a lover of conspiracy stories and theories but this book confounded me. On one hand, I felt Tanya was smart with the cons she kept playing and on the other hand

    I've been thinking about what I can say about this book. It did underline the old adage that 'An Empty Mind is a Devil's Workshop'

    The book starts off on a very interesting note. When I got down to reading it, the first thing I did was to go to the author's website and check out the articles. It seemed too good to be true.

    I've always been a lover of conspiracy stories and theories but this book confounded me. On one hand, I felt Tanya was smart with the cons she kept playing and on the other hand, I was sure she was an empty mind's curse.

    I found the journey fascinating at some points. It was interesting looking at an outside view of how to defraud a Government office or commit identity theft. This book made me wonder whether it was wise doing so when a gullible reader could try and misuse it for his own means.

    I did debate for the longest time on whether I felt connected to Tanya and her life. I was carried along in her journey to Dallas and I did wonder why she would go there and why she did what she did.

    I was a little thrown off by how the book ends. I did really expect it to be much more different.

    I felt the rush of a con while I was reading about it and often tried to extrapolate Tanya's feelings about how it would feel to be pretending to be someone else. It felt so different imagining yourself to be in someone else boots.

    This is a book that will take you on a ride. I'm not sure how you'll feel at the end of it. But that's the thrill right? It's all about the journey in the end!!

  • Ruby Mayhem
    Sep 25, 2014
  • Sandra
    Dec 29, 2014

    Oh My Word! What a ride. I have never laughed so much in what feels like forever. I was not one of the many people that questioned the truth of this story. I understand how they would but I felt strangely akin to this woman's life that this book was for me comforting. I don't know what that says about me, actually I do but that is another story.

    This book was amazing. I loved Tanya's use of words, you meet her in every phrase. The narrative introduces you to not just the story from her past but t

    Oh My Word! What a ride. I have never laughed so much in what feels like forever. I was not one of the many people that questioned the truth of this story. I understand how they would but I felt strangely akin to this woman's life that this book was for me comforting. I don't know what that says about me, actually I do but that is another story.

    This book was amazing. I loved Tanya's use of words, you meet her in every phrase. The narrative introduces you to not just the story from her past but to who she is, her mannerisms.

    Because this is a memoir you can't help but forgive the obvious gaps in stories and hidden secrets. You want to know more of course, Tanya is an incredible force not to want more from. But you respect her choice of what you know and what you so blatantly don't. Regardless, this was a brilliant read.

    5+ stars.