The Touch (Adversary Cycle #3)
After a dozen years of practicing medicine as a family physician, Dr. Alan Bulmer discovers one day that he can cure any illness with the mere touch of his hand. At first his scientific nature refuses to accept what is happening to him, but there is no rational explanation to be found. So Alan gives himse ...more
Alan Bulmer is the main character of the novel. He is a family practice physician who moonlights in the local emergency room of the ficticious town of Monroe, Long Island, New York.
One night in the emergency room, a der ...more
I've never been as taken with the Adversary Cycle as I am with the Repairman Jack books. I stared back into them (I read the first years ago) because the plot/s overlap with Repairman Jack.
Here we have a plot that isn't bad. It's very much like a plot idea that's been around for a long time and seen in many stories...The Monkey's Paw, The Bottle Imp ...more
This novel harkens back to the days when the author wrote a number of medical thrillers and that, essentially, is what this one is. The difference, of course, is ...more
A slow burner that pulls you into the life of a doctor who truly desires to heal, but whose new found power is as dangerous as it is amazing. Along the way we see people have their hope restored, their faith kindled, and the ability to love regained...but at a high cost.
Wow, I read all 448 pages of this novel in a weekend, while still reading another book. I found this medical horror drama to be a serious page turner. This book is considered to be book four in the Adversary Cycle and fits into the Secret History of the World timeline just after Ground Zero (Repairman Jack #13) and Reprisal (AC Book #5).
Written back in the 80’s I read the 2004 edition which is updated and also contains a bonus prologue short story. As an author I personally strive to write books ...more
Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down. The action starts at the beginning and doesn't let up. If you're interested in supernatural fiction, this one is a good one.
small peekie re what's inside:
Doctor Alan Bulmer is a family physician; he is not a doctor who enjoys ripping off his patients, but he is a doctor who has chosen his profession to actually do some good. He lives with his wife Virginia (Ginny) and has a seemingly normal life until on ...more
Какво имаме тук? След "Крепостта" - един истински шедьовър на литературното изкуство и "Проклятието" - роман от същата висота, следва не толкова силният "Докосването" (до момента не е издаван на българ ...more
There are a variety of pretty good characters in the book: the unloving wife, the alluring female artist, the power-hungry politician and the loyal Vietnamese servant. None of them have a whole lot of ...more
This book has more pathos and genuine emotion than most horror novels. Technically, I would only nominally categorize this book as horror. F. Paul Wilson has written his fair share of medical thrillers and I would count this in that category. This is included in the loose series called the Adversary Cycle and is probably counted as horror because of this association.
This book contains a lot of personal development for a host of characters involved. Even the villain gets a lot of emotion and a go...more
On its own “The Touch” is an excellent read. Its about a small town doctor who becomes empowered with the “The Touch”, the ability to heal people ...more
Dr. Alan Bulmer is an old time family physician who enjoys being with his patients and feels that getting to know his patients helps in the healing process.
When he notices this ability to heal by touching others, he tries to downplay his talent but word spreads and soon people bombar ...more
One of the most enjoyable things about F. Paul Wilson's books is the touch, no pun intended, of a hint of the paranormal in all of this books. One of my favorites is The Tomb, which is awesome. The paranormal is loud and clear and front and center in this book. The Touch is about a healing touch that Dr. Alan Bulmer accide ...more
small peekie re what's inside:
Doctor Alan Bulmer is a family physician; he is not a doctor who enjoys ripping off his patients, but he is a doctor who has chosen his profession to actually do some good. He lives with his wife Virginia (Ginny) and has a seemingly normal life until one day when he sees a vagrant ma ...more
The Touch’s greatest strength is in its interesting and believable characters aided by F. Paul Wilson’s familiarity with medicine and the medical community. It examines the react ...more
The Touch struck me as a deeply conservative book. The idea that doing good (healing with a touch, in this case) often comes with a price is one that conservatives are familiar with. They apply it to government programs (price can be higher taxes, unintended harmful consequences, loss of freedome, among others) but it also under ...more
At first he refuses to accept what is happening to him, but there's no rational explanation. Accepting his gift, even though he doesn't understand ...more
It's a rather fast paced read. It took me a day (and I did a lot of other things that day as well). The story tells of a doctor who mysteriously gains the power to heal people by simply touching them. Of course this ability comes with a price...
There are some loose ends (or if they're supposed ...more