Welcome, Reader Friends! David Telbat here. Today I’m going to share the interview I had with Luigi Putelli. 😉 If you’re not familiar with this character, he has an important part in several of The COIL Series novels. You’ll find an intro to him in Book One, Dark Liaison, a Christian Suspense Novel.
The following conversation occurred after Book Two, Dark Hearted, but before Book Three, Dark Rule. We sat at an outdoor plaza in Istanbul. Luigi Putelli, ex-assassin for Italy and mole for France, was far from comfortable as we sipped fruit drinks and nibbled on sweetened pita bread.
D.I. Telbat Interviews Luigi Putelli
David: Thank you for meeting with me, Luigi. I’ve been trying to contact you since you left the DGSE.
Luigi: I’ve been busy.
David: Out of all the men and women related to COIL, my readers ask most about you.
Luigi: What do they ask?
David: They ask if you have any family, is Luigi Putelli your real name, do you ever take a vacation, if they will see you again—things like that.
Luigi: I do not like interviews. I only agreed to this because you are a friend of Corban’s. You are his chronicler or something, yes?
David: Have you read the books I’ve written about you and Corban?
Luigi: I have. It was very bold of you to write so much about me.
David: What do you mean?
Luigi: You know who I am. You have done your research. You know what I can do to people who make trouble for me or those I am loyal to.
David: But your friendship with Corban has changed you, hasn’t it?
Luigi: Yes, but not as deeply as many think. I am not a follower of His Jesus.
David: I know. We’re praying for you. I understand you’ve been training Nathan Isaacson, another favorite of many who follow COIL operations. Can you tell us about Nathan?
Luigi: What is there to tell? The man was a veteran soldier. Now he will be a counter-intelligence officer for COIL, perhaps their best.
David: Are you teaching him everything you know?
Luigi: Not everything. Much of my own training was wicked and without honor. The people of COIL serve their God in ways I never served as a government worker. I have regrets.
David: Is Nathan a quick learner?
Luigi: He is still young and reckless. The best spies are always a little more daring than ordinary agents are.
David: I know about your daring adventures, but give my readers an example of your own recklessness.
Luigi: You have written about my recklessness before, in your first book. It was reckless of me to try to kill Corban. More than once, he ambushed me. And more than once, I recklessly pursued him. In your second book, you know how I protected Corban’s family. I cannot dishonor Corban by carrying lethal weapons any longer, and that is reckless as well. Our enemies are unafraid as they try to put us in the ground.
David: If you care so much for Corban, why don’t you join him in following Christ? You’ve obviously come to understand your personal failures, even your sins against a Holy God. Jesus Christ is your only Advocate between you and God.
Luigi: I cannot…bow to that. I have devoted myself to causes before. Never again. Besides, God wouldn’t want me.
David: God has a way of breaking men to His will.
Luigi: Change the subject or I’m gone.
David: Okay… We’re a long way from New York City. Do you still watch over Corban’s family?
Luigi: When I can, and when Corban is not able to himself. He is with them now. It would be unnecessary and ridiculous for me to help Corban’s family when he is present.
David: He’s practically sixty. You don’t think Corban needs a hand once in a while, even when he’s around?
Luigi: Corban? No, he has his God. He does not need me like that. But when Corban is out of town, I do what I can to keep them safe.
David: So, what do you have planned for after you finish training Nathan?
Luigi: I am not fully retired myself.
David: As an assassin?
Luigi: No, as a human intelligence officer. It is expensive to live as I do, especially as an independent. Technology and identities are not cheap. Bills must be paid.
David: What kinds of jobs do you do to provide for yourself? I’ve spoken to Corban. He said he doesn’t provide financially for you.
Luigi: Terrorist organizations are always fair targets.
David: You steal from terrorists?
Luigi: Terrorists live in the dark. They always hunt for people they can trust to use for something terrible. I do not have to steal. They give me access and money.
David: You have gained their trust?
Luigi: I offer my services.
David: Then you take them and their empires down?
David: So, you’re providing a service, but you’re making a lot of enemies.
Luigi: If I am careful, those enemies go to prison when I am finished. They are already wanted men, sometimes even in their own countries. But sometimes the target gets away. This is why I am watching the street even now.
David: Are we in danger? Am I?
Luigi: Are you not a Christian?
David: I am.
Luigi: Then you know danger already. The faithful are always oppressed by darkness. You know this. There is a haunting danger that is not physical at all.
David: I’m familiar with evil. How is it that you can identify the darkness, and yet you don’t come to Christ, the Light? I don’t live in fear of the darkness or of my past sins. I’ve been forgiven and I can live victoriously for my Lord and Savior.
Luigi: I admit that I run from my fear. Before Corban, I was a confident man. At this time, I am not certain of much. Perhaps my fear now gives me an edge.
David: Imagine the asset you could be for Christ if you bowed to His calling!
Luigi: Write about me if you want, but do not try to convince me I am worthy of serving Corban’s God. I have been here long enough. I must go.
David: Luigi, it’s just the truth. Don’t leave. I have a few more questions from my readers! Luigi!
I followed Luigi for a few paces, but he lost himself in one of the several escape routes he’d probably planned before agreeing to meet me there. I hope you enjoyed the additional glimpse into this mysterious and lonely man. Stay posted to the website for more of Luigi Putelli and other COIL characters. And be sure to be praying for this needy man. 😉
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