Monday, August 18, 2014

The Curse of Van Gogh by Paul Hoppe

Publish Date July 29th 2014 by SparkPress

Tyler Sears, art thief, just released from a federal prison, vows never again. He slides into a simple life bartending in New York City until one day an invitation arrives to the hottest art event of the season, where Tyler meets Komate Imasu, famed art collector. Suddenly Tyler’s vows of abstinence slip away as Imasu uses threats against Tyler’s family. Tyler decides to gamble and ups the ante to a breathtaking level.
Tyler quickly learns that gambling against a ruthless billionaire is never a good idea. Forgetting his own safety, Tyler plunges headfirst into a world of art forgers, hit men, Yakuza, a femme fatale named Chanel No. 5, and the hideous curse of van Gogh, in order to pull off… the greatest art heist in history.

My Thoughts…

I am not an art critic or even really an art lover, yet I was intrigued when asked to read The Curse of Van Gogh.  I enjoyed that this book had some history of the different art pieces that Tyler Sears was to be stealing, but there was a storyline to the story.    Following Tyler’s thoughts as he planned the greatest heist of all times was interesting and entertaining.  I enjoyed seeing how his mind was working and how he was going to get out of this horrible spot he got himself into.    The fact that he really wanted to get out of the heist and was doing his best to do what was right, even when doing what was wrong, made him a strong character. 

Overall, I was not impressed with the women in this book, they mostly seemed under developed.  Lucy was probably the best of them, helping Tyler when he needed it the most but yet giving him the cold shoulder when he deserved it.  

The Curse of Van Gogh was entertaining and I enjoyed the entire book.  I will recommend this to a reader that loves thrillers.

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