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The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh: a novel Paperback – March 12, 2014
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The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh: a novel Don M Forst’s The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh uses a clever twist to combine artistic talent and assassination attempts into a satisfying and enjoyable book. Mark Reed has been hit by a truck, and what comes of that turns his world upside down, but not in the ways one would anticipate. After his near-death experience, architect Reed can suddenly paint like Vincent Van Gogh. Where is this talent coming from? And could he be the reincarnation of Van Gogh? Reed’s talent causes the depreciation of actual Van Gogh paintings, throwing Reed into a dangerous situation with those who wish to stop the decline. The plot itself is a change from the ordinary. The fact that his newfound artistic talent puts Reed in mortal danger adds an element of suspense and intrigue to the story line and serves as a rather clever plot device. Because money is generally considered the root of all evil, the genuine artwork’s depreciation provides valid impetus for the assassination plot against Reed. As shady but wealthy art collector Anthony Espinosa stalks them, Reed and gallery owner Allison Weeks find that they must up their survival skills, and the pace increases dramatically. Thematically, Forst’s premise is unusual and interesting. Who “owns” talent, and where does talent come from? What is an artist’s obligation to share that talent, particularly when it is so similar to that of a famous artist? The ending of the novel implies a solid connection between Reed and Van Gogh, but the questions raised invite pondering, even after closing the book. The overall package is well crafted. The Van Gogh–like cover is pertinent and eye-catching, and the print is large and easy to read. Art enthusiasts and thriller fans may come together in their appreciation of The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh. It has a little something for a wide variety of readers. Lynn Evarts, ForeWord Clarion Reviews
About the Author
New York City native and retired architect Don M. Forst graduated from the New York City High School of Music and Art and the Cooper Union School of Architecture. He has practiced architecture for forty years before returning to painting, his first love. His oil paintings have been exhibited throughout Colorado.
Don and his wife Barbara, also an artist, live in Lakewood, Colorado.
The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh is his first novel.