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Did I enjoy this book I did enjoy this book I read it numerous times during the editing process and enjoyed itandeach 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 itandeach 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 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 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 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 I read the excerpt of this book and my brainmeats said, wait, WHAT Then I slowed down and read it again Born and raised in Dallas, and only 9 years younger than the author, I was intriguedthan I can describe Growing up in the lower income parts of Dallas will show you that the soap opera you see on TV, is definitely shot in a prettier part of the city The Dallas Tanya describes in this book is two blocks from the streets I was willing to walk down I was immediately captivated and trav I read the excerpt of this book and my brainmeats said, wait, WHAT Then I slowed down and read it again Born and raised in Dallas, and only 9 years younger than the author, I was intriguedthan I can describe Growing up in the lower income parts of Dallas will show you that the soap opera you see on TV, is definitely shot in a prettier part of the city The Dallas Tanya describes in this book is two blocks from the streets I was willing to walk down I was immediately captivated and traveled down every block with her, I ve been down most of those very same streets at different times She was who I thought I would be when I got older, she was daring, fearless and impossible to intimidate She had charm and the ability to talk circles around people, even those we think should be above it A 15 year old Hoodwinks law enforcement Amazing This book is a page turner, and that term does it no justice Good books stay in the back of your mind while you re at work, the characters take on a life inside your mind and when you aren t in that world, you wonder how they re doing This book, this story, was alive in my mind So much of this book made me doubt it was autobiographical and several times I returned to the bio and reread it, shaking my head in disbelief Driving cars into the corners of buildings, specifically to destroy them Faking identities, challenging drug lords, nearly going to Mexican prisonand that s such a small sampling of this story The tone of the book gave me a knowing smile, people are indeed stupid, and even now will believe so much that you tell themI know then, it was child s play I appreciated it when she spoke directly to me, to us the reader It s as if she gives us credit for being a little smarter because we are reading her book The empathy she speaks of..it can be handicapping I can t say I always see myself in the character of a book, but in this I did I saw the part of me that s a coward..and does what she s supposed to..I am glad that for a few page turning days, I got to live vicariously through her..in my own city I really enjoyed the fact that this is a true story with plenty of evidence to support it such as newspaper articles When you finish reading this book, the author gives you links to all the articles to prove that this book is a true story This book is very entertaining and keeps you reading to learnabout what happened This book is also well written and easy to understand and follow I agree with another review I read about this book, it is like the movie Catch Me If You Can This story I really enjoyed the fact that this is a true story with plenty of evidence to support it such as newspaper articles When you finish reading this book, the author gives you links to all the articles to prove that this book is a true story This book is very entertaining and keeps you reading to learnabout what happened This book is also well written and easy to understand and follow I agree with another review I read about this book, it is like the movie Catch Me If You Can This story is just as enjoyable as that movie I recommend this book to everyone out there that love true stories and mysteries This was a hard book for me to rate It was wildly amusing and entertaining Often I would shake my head and wonder what was she thinking, then I would remember the author s excuse, fifteen I remember being that age, and making poor decisions I too found silence to be a good way of dealing with things I couldn t answer It does tend to make the ridefun when other people are jumping to conclusions.Teens make weird decisions that fit logic only they can understand That being said, the gir This was a hard book for me to rate It was wildly amusing and entertaining Often I would shake my head and wonder what was she thinking, then I would remember the author s excuse, fifteen I remember being that age, and making poor decisions I too found silence to be a good way of dealing with things I couldn t answer It does tend to make the ridefun when other people are jumping to conclusions.Teens make weird decisions that fit logic only they can understand That being said, the girl in this book is no different I have the kindle version, and I went to the website to see the photos I see there is going to be twobooks, and I am kinda curious to read those as well I only have one real issue with the book, I don t believe it is true It is listed as a true crime and it is autobiographical Like I said I went to the website and read the newspaper stuff, but I still just don t believe it I am sure parts of it are true, but like everyone else in the story, I just don t believe it.I also think every character in the story knows she is lying, they just don t know what to do with her When I stopped trying to accept it as truth, I found I enjoyed the storyThe writing is captivating, and really makes you feel you are right there in her head I enjoyed the book enough to want to read the second one The dialog was fun, and I laughedthan once at the Constanza s wit Just don t let disbelief ruin the rideI received this book free for an honest review All of the thoughts above are my true thoughts 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 *Kindle ☠ 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 ayear 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 for six months, What is your real name And the psychologists asked the question they always ask, Why It s the why of it that will keep a girl in trouble Assuming Names is the true story of a young con artist It s the tale of a runaway that assumed the title of Countess and then went on to fool the FBI, DEA, and Interpol as well as a number of other celebrities and institutions with an elaborate tale of world intrigueA NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Hello everyone This is Tanya You may find yourself reading my book and saying, No, this did not happen You may be inclined to say it is too far fetched and, quite frankly, impossible I have provided evidence at my website that what I write is the truth I mention it at the front of the book but it may be easy to overlook, so I am reiterating hereAt my website are copies of the newspaper and magazine articles mentioned in the book The articles are from the Austin American Statesman, The Dallas Morning News, and Woman s World Magazine They are all nationally recognized media for news Previous reviewers were concerned I may have gone to Photoshop to create them, and while my book does paint me as the sort that would do such a thing, the reality is that those media institutions would sue me into submission before the cache could be cleared In the end, you may not believe me, but you can surely believe what the papers wrote Assuming Names by Tanya ThompsonLet 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 ThompsonLet 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 This book was recently suggested to me by a friend I thought a lot about reading it, since it is not exactly my type of literature, but once I started reading it I just couldn t stop and at the same time I didn t want it to finish.Have you ever felt something like this To like the main character of a book so much, that you don t want the book to end, but at the same time, you can t wait to see what happens next I had only two times before Tanya, her heroin became a kind of a friend to me, and This book was recently suggested to me by a friend I thought a lot about reading it, since it is not exactly my type of literature, but once I started reading it I just couldn t stop and at the same time I didn t want it to finish.Have you ever felt something like this To like the main character of a book so much, that you don t want the book to end, but at the same time, you can t wait to see what happens next I had only two times before Tanya, her heroin became a kind of a friend to me, and now that the book is read, I will miss her a bitTo put it short, the book is amazing I don t care if it is a true story or not, the charter, the story line it was very pleasant to read, amusing it made me think about my own life and what I am missing in it.I thank the author for this book, and will be waiting for the next one