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Bella Paperback – June 13, 2010
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Bella has won a National Indie Excellence 2012 Book Award, and is a finalist for the 2012 Readers Favorite award for dramatic fiction.
From the Author
The cliche is, write what you know. I know journalism, tennis, and a little bit about the relationships between men and women. Bella is usually described as a political thriller, but the novel is mostly about the relationship between Bella, the alluring widow, and Dan, the married reporter she persuades to help her uncover the truth about her husband's death.
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.
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Danny doesn’t have just a job though – he has the job that people clamor for– the career to have passion about. Danny’s drive happens to be the political beat; investigative reporting for a newspaper to dig up dirt on government officials that needs to be dug. He was all about that until she came along.
Bella Moss is young, witty, widowed, inordinately smart and of course, stunningly beautiful.
This chick knows how to get what she wants. Some might take a lesson from her in prose if she wasn’t so perilous. But Piacente helps you gain her compassion anyway. Bella’s husband Hank was mysteriously killed in Afghanistan, and all she got back from the US Army was a couple scraps of his uniform, a folded flag and a grim apology. She knew there was more to the story. And there was. She was determined to find out the truth, and then Danny came along. Or rather, she found him.
Of course, Danny felt compelled to help her. Not to mention, some other feelings too…Her story wove its way into his and suddenly, the lies and truth became indiscernible.
Bella is a mastery of dialogue: you’ll assume how the ending unfolds, then you’ll be wrong. This story and its characters will linger with you for days.
One thing that automatically hooked me was its noir feel to the preface. It rather reminded me of the old black and white version of Sunset Boulevard with Gloria Swanson, a movie that I absolutely adore bytheby. The fact that the story itself was set shortly after the events of 9/11 made it even more of an intriguing read. True, I was nothing but a young kitten at the time when this tragedy took place, but I wasn't oblivious to the pain the nation was feeling. I truly empathized with Isabel's desire to want to learn the truth regarding her husband's death and the roller coaster ride Piacente sends us on in the search for answers left me stunned. It's truly a well written book.
Another thing the book had going for it was it's non-stop action. There was always something happening within each chapter. From fake cops to full on military cover up, this book makes you want to keep reading in order to find out what happens next.
The only issue I had with the story was my general dislike of the main characters. Danny actually ticked me off and his actions throughout the book left a rather bad taste in my mouth, and I couldn't get over my suspicions towards Isabel's motives a lot of the time. This was actually one of those rare books where I loved the story but just couldn't stomach the characters. And I tried really hard to give them the benefit of the doubt. Did this detract from my enjoyment of the book? A bit, yes, but the overall plot more than made up for it all.
Piacente also raises a rather interesting question towards the end of the book. Namely, is it better to lie in order to spare pain and protect the greater good or should the truth always be told regardless of possible consequences? If you are curious as to what I mean by this question, I highly suggest you read the book in order to find out!
So when all is said and done, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that deal with conspiracy issues, cover ups, mysteries, etc. I advise those that do read it to see beyond the characters to the real issue the book is trying to bring to light. And should you read this book, I invite you to come and share your thoughts with me on it here on the blog. =^.^=
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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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
Author: Steve Piacente
Length: 268 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: June 13, 2010
Genres: Fiction;...Read more