Saturday, July 6, 2019

Book Review: 'Leonardo and Gabriel' by Tim Tigner

Leonardo and Gabriel by Tim Tigner
Da Vinci’s procrastination, and enlightenment – a spiritual resolution

Tim Tigner comes to his role as a novelist specializing in political intrigue with a rich background. His academic preparation is a combination of mathematics and philosophy with psychology and radiology, but after academia his instinct for investigation and thrill seeking led him to serve in the Green Berets, specializing in Russian and Soviet counterintelligence. When Perestroika/Glasnost ‘opened’ Russia (or at least by their definition made it more transparent) led to the fall of the Berlin wall, Tigner’s direction shifted from espionage to arbitrage and he moved form Russia to Brussels where he witnessed the formation of the European Union: his change in focus shifted back to the US and further degrees in business and International Studies and he settled in the Silicon Valley as a corporate type in the medical device industry. And as if that background weren’t sufficient he continued his travels around the world expending energy as scuba diver, skier, actor, mountain climber, a hand glider, a parachuter, and in every sense of the word an adventurer. Now he follows his obsession with reading thrillers by writing them.

While all of the above background has served him very well is his best selling political intrigue novels, the joy of this rather short novel is one of exploring Tim’s insights into philosophy and art, and he is equally successful in this hopefully continuing format. Bringing the topic of artistic decisions all artists must face together with the influence of spiritual/philosophical restrictions or illuminations on the manner in which art ‘represents’ may seem an odd subject for a story, but in Tim’s hands this search for expression and meaning joins history and cogitation.

Leonardo da Vinci is completing his masterpiece The Last Supper, searching for the way to complete the face of Jesus: can a mere mortal recreate the likeness of the Almighty? Leonardo’s conflict opens a concert with the Archangel Gabriel, searching for answers and the impact of Gabriel on Leonardo’s questioning mind serves not only as a path to resolution of his challenge, but also an approach to his spiritual journey that allows the reader a fresh thought process to philosophical questions we all encounter.

Told with Tim’s always exceptional technique of delivering impact with radiant prose, this new direction serves as both fine entertaining reading and a quality invitation to expand our concepts of philosophical questioning and enlightenment. Very highly recommended. 





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