Far more than meets the eye - a must read for art lovers - historical novel lovers - and those into mystery and intrigue
When celebrated author Jack Rogan stumbles upon a hidden diary, he can’t resist investigating. Honouring the last wish of a dying friend, he is irresistibly drawn into a web of intriguing clues, hinting at a long forgotten treasure.
Joining forces with Cecilia Crawford, a glamorous New York journalist, and Tristan, a remarkable boy with psychic powers, Jack soon finds himself on a precarious journey of discovery, exposing dark secrets from a distant, violent time, when life was cheap and cruelty ruled without mercy.
Meanwhile, Emil Fuchs, an enigmatic Swiss banker with a murky past, has an agenda of his own. Ruthless, and determined to defend his reputation at all cost, he threatens to expose a fraud that could destroy everything.
Will Rogan succeed? Can he find the forgotten treasure he has been searching for, or will it be lost forever, depriving the world of a masterpiece that belongs to all mankind?
Author's Note: The Forgotten Painting is a novella, and as such, it is of course much shorter than my novels. That was one of the reasons I have chosen this genre as the vehicle to introduce new readers to my work. However, I hope it will also entertain existing readers and give them something new and exciting to explore and enjoy.
The Forgotten Painting by Gabriel Farago is a mystery tied with real history. A famed author who stumbles in his studies on a diary he has to investigate. Not everyone who knows about the painting wants him to. Individuals going as far as risking their reputations to prove this author wrong.
World War II was a nasty time for those living in Germany. Gastly actions and events took place without consequence. It did not matter what side you were fighting for, death came for all. When a Jewish family is searching for a way to safe themselves, they give into Nazi Greed. They part with the only thing they have, a painting, a very famous painting.
Fast forward to modern day and Jack Rogan, an author and a bit of a sleuth. A story lost to time, about a painting lost in the war wind. Rogan discovers new information that may prove that wind wasn’t as strong as originally thought. The painting is either hanging somewhere, or still missing, and it takes Rogan and his misfits to discover the real story. In fact though, it could have all been a lie, but why and where is the real one?
Throw in a young man who has psychic abilities and a journalist who may have accidentally stumbled on the greatest story of her life. All of this against a man that has everything to lose, and nothing to gain except for revenge.
I enjoyed this story a lot. I think that the author was really able to get into the minds of all the characters, not just Rogan. This is important because there is greed, desire, envy, and other sins surrounding something. That something did not ask to be placed there, it was given with love, but traded for blood. Things are in the last place you look for them, sometimes left for age to erase. As this was the first book in the series, or more so the prequel, I plan on reading the next three in the series.