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Bella Paperback – June 13, 2010
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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. I would always start to like Danny a bit then he would screw up and I was back to hating him. While I hated Danny's failure for a choice every time, it did make his character realistic.
This book is incredibly well written, and the suspense of solving the mystery does keep you wanting more while reading. I never had a moment of not wanting to find out what was going to happen, or wanting to put this book down. The reason I think I am leaning toward the three star rating is because of the drama between characters. I found the love square going on unrealistic, for all parties involved. I loved reading about the actual story but I hated reading about the destructive situation going on in the characters lives.
The drama in the love square isn't enough to take away from the story. I think this is a good book and I love the facts that are laced into the story. I had fun googling finding out if some of the events in this book were true, and excited when I found out they were. I definitely recommend this book to adult reader
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.
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Author: Steve Piacente
Length: 268 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: June 13, 2010
Genres: Fiction;...Read more