Bella by Steve Piacente

Title: Bella
Author: Steve Piacente
Publisher: Self-published (CreateSpace)
Format: Paperback, 266 pages
Date Published: June 13, 2010
Overall: 4/5
Source: From the author for review
A striking widow intent on proving the military lied about her husband’s death lures a Washington journalist into the investigation. Working together, they discover the power of temptation, the futility of revenge, and the consequences of yielding to either.
 My Review:
The novel Bella is written from Dan Patragno’s point of view. He is a Washington correspondent for a Florida paper who is drawn to Isabel Moss, a grieving widow to a husband who died under alleged enemy fire. The latter believes the military was involved in a cover-up of her husband’s murder. She refuses to believe that he was killed by enemy fire, but rather by the actions of one of their own. Through her persuasiveness and allure, Isabel Moss gets Dan Patragno assigned to the story. Although Dan is initially skeptical of Isabel’s accusations and believes her judgment is clouded by grief, he too begins to believe. With nothing more than a single anonymous call made to Isabel, stating that her husband was not killed the way they led her to believe, Dan and Isabel set off to find out the truth.
“Anonymous” leads send Dan Patragno and Isabel Moss into a wild chase around the country. Their journey is not easy as they run into many dead ends. As the truth begins to unravel, Dan becomes increasingly intent on seeking justice for Isabel, however, not without sacrifices along the way.
Steve Piacente’s self-published novel Bella will pull you right into this political journalistic thriller. The author gave his characters life, demonstrating strength, determination, emotion, and weakness. Bella will take you through highs and lows, and through twists and turns, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity. Bella was very well-written with a strong plot and characters that jump right out of the pages. I would definitely recommend this novel to those who enjoy thrillers and mysteries with a healthy dose of romance. I hope to see more of Dan Patragno’s adventures in the near future.
An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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