Friday, September 14, 2012

Review of Bootlicker by Steve Piacente - 5 stars!

Happy Friday!

I am very excited to post a review of Bootlicker today! I met the author first through the Internet and later I had a chance to meet the author Steve Piacente during BEA2012. I already knew, that I will be part of his Bootlicker's blog tour and I got my signed copy directly from the author himself!

Steve Piacente, Bootlicker and me, BEA2012, June 6th.
I have read and reviewed Steve's first book, Bella, which I really loved and gave it a 5 star rating. You can read my review of Bella here and the interview I have made with Steve here.  
When I heard about Bootlicker and about the blog tour, I wanted to be in! Today, ladies and gentlemen, JFKCommunications and Me and Reading are presenting:

My stop includes a review of Bootlicker, some information about the author and about the book. Let's start with the review!

Title: Bootlicker
Author: Steve Piacente
Publisher: Create Space
Genre: Adult: Suspense, Political, Thriller
Pages: 336 in Paperback version
Source: From BEA2012

The year is 1959, the setting, rural South Carolina. Poor, black teenager Ike Washington stumbles on a Klan lynching led by a white judge. Caught, he must choose: join the dead man or begin hustling black support the ambitious judge needs to advance. In trade, Ike is handed a life of comfort and power. Decades later, as he is poised to become the first black SC congressman since Reconstruction, guilt-wracked Ike winds up alone in the same forest, a long rope in his fist. Rookie reporter Dan Patragno uncovers the truth just before Election Day.

My review:

Bootlicker blew me away! After I read Steve Piacente's Bella I had very high hopes for Bootlicker and my expectations were exceeded. Bootlicker by Steve Piacente was engrossing, well written, thrilling. It was everything and more you expect from the political thriller.

The story starts from the end of 1950s where two boys see an execution by Klan. Years later, Dan Patragno, a reporter is investigating a story which takes him back in time to these events and from there different storylines start to develop.

Once again, Steve has created a settings and a story, which are detailed, right to the point. The writing style was beautiful, you can clearly see Steve's own writing experience shining through. It was witty, the dialogue and the story development excellent.

Bootlicker is extremely well-written page turner, it keeps you thrilled from the very beginning of the book and engrosses you until the last page is turned. It was fast-paced and quick read with many interesting and detailed pieces put together into a wonderful thriller!

I highly recommend Bootlicker by Steve Piacente!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

About the author:

Award-winning former journalist Steve Piacente serves as deputy communications director at a large federal agency in Washington, and teaches communications classes at his alma mater, American University. Steve, who also holds a Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University, self-published Bella in 2010, and in 2011 was named one of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” by The Authors Show. Bootlicker is the prequel to Bella, which centers on Isabel Moss’ quest to uncover the truth behind her husband's mysterious death on an Afghan battlefield. Visit:  

Tour information:

Happy reading!


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