Assuming Names by Tanya Thompson

Assuming Names

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 for six months, "What is your real name?" And the psychologists asked the q...

Details Assuming Names

TitleAssuming Names
Release DateMar 1st, 2014
PublisherThompson Books
GenreMystery, Crime, Thriller, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Biography

Reviews Assuming Names

  • Victor
    Edit: Story is easily verified through the Dallas Morning News archives. Search for title: Teen-ager untangles her web of deceit. Date: May 1, 1986I normally dont get involved in these discussions because I find someone has already said what I want to say so I dont 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. Im not slinging insults, I use the word i...
  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    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 didnt 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 isnt even funny. Yet, I laughed. A lot. I shook my head. A ...
  • Jenny Blossom
    This seems the place to share Postal prints. My favourite photographer hangs in the White Gallery. Hes got a way of capturing the essence of things and what hes captured here is Tanyas 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. Heā...
  • Sabrina
    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 intrigued more than 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 t...
  • Philip Tha- B. Toole
    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,...
  • Amanda
    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 ride more fun when other people are jumping to conclusions.Teens make weird decisions that fit logic ...
  • Michael DeAngelo
    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 t...
  • AnnMarie Stone
    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. Seco...
  • Ryann Hall
    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 learn more about 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 ...
  • Marina Spirova
    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 Tany...
  • George
    My first thought when I read that was huh they really do look awfully similar to a Tic-Tac.In this book were a lot of little phrases that stuck in my mind. Not only were there phrases that stuck, but there were extravagantly long, breathless sentences that were designed to impress. I like it when a book makes you stop to reread a sentence simply to appreciate it. The books strength isnt in its prose though. Its in the mind-blowing audacity of its...
  • Joawmeens
    If I wanted to be derisive about this book, I could call it "Female Catch Me If You Can", and be done with it. But it does deserve more than that, honestly. The basic premise of the book is that a young con artist is doing what she does best, and better than anyone could have ever expected. DEA, FBI, Interpol - she was able to keep every single one of them in the dark for a disturbingly long amount of time (disturbing in the sense that THEY shoul...
  • Jessica Lorraine
    Assuming Names is a highly entertaining book that is filled to the brim with thrilling and unbelievable stories. At times I forgot I was reading non-fiction. I was quickly swept into the wild and fast pace story of the 15 year old con-artist. Part of the books appeal was the irony; although she set off to Dallas to transform herself into a rich and worldly countess she gets off to a rough start as her innocence to the world left her as being mist...
  • NicCole
    There is life in each word; beginning from the first page that you keep forgetting this book is not fiction, but a true-life story. A dare devil individual named Tanya, not only doesnt fear superstitions but can grab horror and danger by the horns, making this character one you would try to stay clear of. Throughout this book, you learn in the background while gaining access to the views of a mischievous con artist, liar, thief and an absolute fe...
  • Lisa Warring
    Sadly, I didnt have the opportunity to get my copy of this book free on what sounds like the greatest book tour to ever roll through Europe. I didnt get to meet the author in a bar, on a train, or in the company of the shady shades, so my review isnt tainted by her charms or what sounded like ecstasy. Consumable ecstasy. After reading the book I am envious of those who got to experience Tanya first hand. I bet those half crazed and fully out of t...
  • Gabriella Nerina
    If I had to use two words to describe this book, I definitely would use the word MIND BLOWING. This book tells a story about this young con artist. She went on a runaway and tried to fool lots of people, including FBI, Interpol... she was just doing her specialty.Assuming Names is like a roller-coaster read for me, I got to feel the emotions, the thrill, the dark comedy. Suits someone like me who has a quite dark sense of humor :)I just can't wai...
  • Niyati Em
    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 wi...
  • Bailey Breese
    Con Artist indeed. Interesting that just about everyone who reviewed this book did so on March 14, 16, 18th or 21st. They all joined in June 2013. And they all wrote the SAME reviews on Amazon. My guess is that maybe two of these are actually real reviews..the others sound way too much alike. They all give 5 stars. Numerous people claim they went to the library and read the microfilms...really? That's funny because there are almost NO libraries t...
  • Ann Kazutomi
    This is an incredible, on the edge of your seat story. I have to admit, I am usually not one that is interested in reading true crime, simply because it is usually so depressing, but I found that after I began reading this book, it was difficult to remember that it was a true story. I found it not only entertaining, but I could not put the book down. The fact that this is a true story, makes it that much more impressive. I feel that it took a lot...
  • Lilas_
    Assuming Names is an interesting and rather peculiar book that had me shaking my head with disbelief at some places and made me laugh out loud at others. I really did enjoy reading it even if I wasnt entirely convinced that everything I read actually happened. And to tell you the truth, I doesnt matter that much to me. If its all true, then wow, congratulations to the author, youve earned my respect. If its not I still very much liked the story ...
  • Barbara Carey
    This book is like nothing I've ever read before! The author has taken what is a true story and created this masterpiece out of it. I can see a lot of people out here who seem to question the legibility of this 'true story' but that's the beauty of it. Not everything goes as expected, and not everything that happens seems possible, does it?This is the story of a 15-year-old runaway who turns out to be this brilliant con artist, posing as a world-t...
  • Lindsay710
    Mind blown.This book is crazy.At first I wasn't sure if the author was "the Countess" or maybe she was writing on behalf of the real woman. But by the end, I was sure that the author is "Tanya" or whatever her real name is. It's almost hard to believe all of the things that she went through and all of the things that she did. But you have to believe them because there is evidence supporting it.
  • Joy Michelle
    With this book I had to do exactly as the author instructed. The moment I started thinking, no way this could be true, I went and read the proof that it was. I was probably only a dozen pages into the book at that point. I was reading the part about her at the local sheriffs department and I did not believe a 15 year old girl could so effortlessly lie and charm her way out of arrest. Still uncertain if this was not an intricate joke, I went and r...
  • Miranda Prather
    Reading through Assuming Names, I am certain that I will not be alone in scratching my head and wondering if art imitates life or is it life imitating art? Whichever the case may be, I guarantee that readers will find themselves ensnared in the web of a masterful artist. They will have to decide for themselves if the story is indeed fact or a clever play on the con contained in the tale.Pleasantly, the author surprised me with a well-written, car...
  • Missy Rapp
    Loved this book, love Tanya. Couldn't put it down. I am curious if she ever served jail time for any of the crimes mentioned in the book.
  • Nnenna Igbokwe
    This Book was so utterly amazing and underrated. I personally can't understand why it isn't being advertised on a national scale; it's better than any of these book being shoved down our throats. I love this book and it is being carefully placed in my topped five.
  • Paul
    A vivid visualization of the protagonists and antagonists characters of the story. An experience which made me felt as if I was there. Besides the interesting true-to-life story, all I can say about this eBook is it's an eye opener. I don't really like to read 'true crime stories but at the moment I opened this eBook on my electronic reader and started reading, it driven my thoughts to go on and browse to read it bit-by-bit of every pages. In fac...
  • Brynn
    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.
  • Sara
    This entire book is bizarre. I would give less than one star if possible. This was a strange book. I wish I had realized it was not a true story before I purchased it. It made for a strange read because I was trying to put it in the context of a true story. Parts of the book are exciting and intriguing, but at no point did I seriously believe these things happened as the author states. Only when I got to the end did I realize the whole book was a...