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Bella Paperback – June 13, 2010
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From the Author
Readers always ask me what I think about Bella. I think the tragedy that befalls Bella causes profound grief and recasts her personality. In the end, I view her as a complex but flawed character with many admirable traits.
Top Customer Reviews
The mystery and seduction that unfolds in Bella is enough to capture your attention for hours at a time...
Enjoy it, I sure did!
The act that brings them all together is the death of Isabel Moss' husband, Hank, in Afghanistan, reportedly by enemy fire. An anonymous tip that it was instead friendly-fire leads Isabel to contact Patragno about the possibility of a cover-up. Despite the shaky start of their relationship with her going over his head to make him listen to her story, Dan quickly becomes addicted to her wiles, losing sight of what is important in his life. Even exposing what had really happened to Hank appears to be driven more by Dan's desire to win over Isabel than his desires as a journalist. How does it all unfold? All I can say is that anytime one deals in betrayal, there is always a price to pay, a price that changes everything.
The political thriller elements of the story are intriguing and entertaining but play second fiddle to the examination of Patragno's character. Written from the first person view of Patragno, Bella offers you a front row seat to the mental wanderings of a man driven by lust, ambition, and responsibility.
Reviewed by Dannye Williamsen, Breakthrough Bookstore
Steve Piacente has a great writing style that is unique. While reading the story I got a distinct male reading voice in my head. The book is masculine like the writer himself, and the story is told from a male point of view. So as a woman I got a front row seat inside the mind of a man, pretty scary when you think about it. The male perspective is not sugar coated making the story realistic and believable. I could picture this Dick Tracey type reporter tracking down clues to get to the truth.
Bella is a roller coaster of crazy emotions and stressful situations. The plot is so intense trying to uncover the mystery behind Bella's husband's death, I literally trusted no character. I was a paranoid reader; I mentally pictured a bad guy hiding behind every situation in my mind. My reading paranoia blinded me so I never saw anything coming. The entire book took me by surprise.
This is probably the first book in my life that I enjoyed the book, and HATED the main characters. I may have just hated the choices they made, but I can't decide. Isabelle the leading lady is cold and calculating, I couldn't trust her, I kept thinking she was the bad guy. I spent the entire book thinking everything Isabelle said was a lie, but you can chalk that up to my reading paranoia.
Danny the main man in this story is going through a midlife crisis, and makes one bad choice after another throughout the entire book.Read more ›
Danny doesn't stand a chance the minute Bella entered his life stepping deliberately with her pearl heeled pumps. He was a goner and he knew it and more importantly Bella knew it first.
Daniel Patragno had a reasonable sort of life, a reporter job in a small newspaper, a home, a wife he adored, a son whose vocabulary far exceeded the expectations of his first grade teacher, good friends and peace of mind.
Bella entered his life and suddenly Danny can't seem to find which way is up. He is taken on a topsy turvy ride across states trying to help Bella come to terms with her husband's death.
Bella is one of those women we just love to hate while at the same time wishing we were just a bit like her.
In this fast paced caper, Danny is confronted by his vulnerabilities and his passion and his ethics. Told in the first person, this novel gives great insight into the man/woman relationship from a man's perspective. Something few women are privy to.
Danny finds out that there is always a dear price to pay for things and he pays with interest in more ways than one.
A very well written, witty read for the lover of conspiracy, romance and action.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As so many reviewers before me have provided perfectly accurate summaries of the tale, I'll spare you one in this review. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S B
An interesting first book by Steve Piacente. A quick and easy read that invites the reader into the world of a “good” journalist, Dan Patragno, who investigates the truth behind... Read morePublished 10 months ago by RMBell
Danny Patragno really is the guy who’s got it all – the job, house, wife, son, friends and so on.
Danny doesn’t have just a job though – he has the job that people... Read more
Piacente knows journalism, Washington and how to write a good book. Bella is a page-turned with substance; nice blend of D.C.-type suspense, humor, sex. My advice: Buy it. Read morePublished on June 27, 2014 by William R. Handy
This is definitely one of those stories you'll find it is more impressionable than at first seems. While not as glorious as some of the book covers you'll see out there, and they... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Elena Barbulescu
I enjoy a good mystery. This had all the makings - fumbling man talked into something he shouldn't have been, beautiful woman who was suitably tragic. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Elizabeth
Bella by Steve piacente
A seductive thriller makes for an interesting mix of genres, made even more unique by the fact that it's from a mans point of... Read more
I'm not one to pick a military or political fiction novel to read in my down time. Honestly, I tend to steer clear of those topics, so when I began reading Bella I didn't know... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Aryn Y
Author: Steve Piacente
Length: 268 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: June 13, 2010
Genres: Fiction;... Read more