Monday, July 4, 2011

Review of Bella by Steve Piacente - 5 stars!

Author: Steve Piacente
Title: Bella

Release date: 13th of June 2010
Published by: By Steve Piacente and CreateSpace
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Political Thriller, Romance
Pages: 258 in Paperback
Source: From author Steve Piacente

Summary from Goodreads:

BellaA 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.

I picked this book today on purpose. Since it is 4th of July, I think this book is very suitable for the day’s celebrations.

My review:

Steve Piacente is an excellent writer and his first novel Bella is absolutely a very good book to read. Steve’s writing style shows that he has been working as a journalist: his use fg language is like seeing a bird fly high up above the clouds – it’s witty, intelligent, quick, intriguing and beautiful to read. If he keeps writing, I am sure that he will have a great carrier as a writer.

Regarding the plot:

This story is about Isabel Moss who is trying to solve mystery about her husband’s death in Afghanistan. Her husband Hans Moss had a beautiful carrier in front of him until the day he decided to join the military until the day he dies. Dan Patragno is a cocky journalist whose faith brings him together with Isabel. Isabel convinces him to investigate what happened to her husband and this is how the story begins.

The story is a very good political thriller where the part of romance between Isabel and Dan is nicely spicing up the plot. There are many twists and turns, so the book is very dynamic, filled with surprises, tragic events and well written characters.

Regarding the characters:

Isabel is la femme fatale. Literally. She is beautiful, intelligent, and seductive and she definitely knows how to get what she wants. She is not afraid of breaking the rules to get to the result. She is also little atypical heroine because she is very strong and very vulnerable and broken inside at the same time. I loved her character and also felt petty for her. I think the author created a brilliant character with Isabel.

Dan is a journalist with many problems in his life. Yet he feels drawn to Isabel which does not make his life easier thinking that he is on the edge of divorce. There was a good portion of bitterness in him and at the same time you understand his choices – at least to some extent.


I had difficulties of finding the right word how to describe this book and after some thinking I decided that the best word to describe this book is: complete. It has everything what a good political thriller needs: intriguing plot, fascinating characters, it deals with important and delicate topics for many people and last but not least – it has a message. Besides that, Steve is one heck of a writer!

5 stars out of 5.

Thank you Steve for sending me the book! Can't wait for new books published from you!


  1. Great review! Now, more than ever, I am anxious to read this book. This book is next on my list and I can't wait. My Life. One Story at a Time. liked you on Face book. Would love a return like when you have a moment. Look forward to reading more here. I have a give away on my blog. Would love for you to enter. Donna

  2. Hi Donna!
    Thanks for coming by and thanks for following my page, too!
    I have been one of your followers already for some time and reading your blog sometimes and I really enjoy it!

  3. It's a very intriguing book, Donna--I think you will really enjoy it. Congrats on getting a great review, Steve!


There was an error in this gadget