Bella


Fiction - Thriller - General
266 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2011
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Author Biography

Steve Piacente has been a professional writer since graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., in 1976. In 2010, he self-published Bella (www.getbella.com).

Steve started as a sportswriter at the Naples (FL) Daily News, switched to news at the Lakeland (FL) Ledger, and returned to D.C. in 1985 as Washington Correspondent for the Tampa Tribune. In 1989, the native New Yorker moved to a similar position with the Charleston Post & Courier.

He is now deputy communications director at a large federal agency in Washington, D.C., an adjunct professor at American - teaching in classrooms he once took classes in - and an author at work on his second novel.

Steve holds a BA from American, and a Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite

Hank Moss was a pro tennis player, but when the North Tower went down on September 11 and killed his only sibling, Catherine, he decides to put his career on hold and join Operation Enduring Freedom, even though his wife Isabel begged him not to. By May 16th, while fighting in Afghanistan, he is dead, killed by a homemade grenade. While the Army wants everyone to believe he was killed by the enemy, Isabel thinks otherwise, believing he was killed by friendly fire. When she contacts Danny Patragno, an investigative journalist, his initial reaction is that she is just another war widow who can't come to grips with the loss of her husband. When Isabel contacts Danny's boss and gets him assigned to the story, their lives quickly become intertwined as they try to uncover the truth of Hank's death.

This is one of those stories that drew me in hook, line and sinker. The author does a fantastic job of weaving a story that seems totally believable. The plot revolves around Isabel, a beautiful woman who knows how to catch a man's eye and isn't above using it to her advantage to get what she wants. And what she wants is the truth about the way her husband died. Danny is a married man who is having problems at home. When he decides to help Isabel, he finds himself attracted to her. The secondary story of his home life was quite interesting, and his son Robin really had me chuckling on a few occasions.

While I normally don't read a lot of political thrillers, this one is not to be missed. There are plenty of twists and turns along with a bit of mystery romance rolled together with characters that are easy to connect with. It's a book I couldn't put down. I will certainly be looking for more from Mr. Piacente!