The Touch

The Touch

Book - 2009
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Suddenly, a family physician can heal any illness with a simple touch

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 himself over to this mysterious power, reveling in the ability to cure the incurable, to give hope to the hopeless--for one hour each day.

Although he tries to hide his power, word inevitably leaks out, and soon Alan's life begins to unravel. His marriage and his practice crumble. Only rich, beautiful, enigmatic Sylvia Nash stands by him. And standing with her is Ba, her Vietnamese gardener, who once witnessed a power such as Dr. Bulmer's in his homeland, where it is called Dat-tay-vao. And the Dat-tay-vao always comes with a price.

Help arrives from an unexpected quarter--Senator James McCready offers the use of his family's medical foundation to investigate Alan's supposed power. If it truly exists, he will back Alan with the full weight of the Foundation's international reputation. Feeling that he has reached bottom and that things can only get better, Alan accepts McCready's offer. But he has only begun to pay.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2009
Edition: 1st Forge edition
ISBN: 9780765321640
Branch Call Number: FIC Wils
Characteristics: 446 p

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rahmmie
Mar 16, 2013

I didn't like this one much. I'm used to the Repairman Jack excitement and the change of pace in this book was too much for me. I struggled to finish it

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May 13, 2010

F. Paul Wilson if you haven't read any of his stuff yet once you start you will love it. And luckily he has been writing for years so it's lke hitting the jackpot. Try Jack the Repair Man Series. The Touch is a medical/thriller/horror/love story. Great!

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Jul 20, 2010

From the back cover of the book: [red] [/red] [orange] [/orange] [italics] [/italics]

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.

Although he tries to hide his power, word inevitably leaks out, and soon Alan's life begins to unravel. His marriage and his practice crumble. Only rich, beautiful, enigmatic Sylvia Nash stands by him. And standing with her is Ba, her Vietnamese gardener, who once witnessed a power such as Dr. Bulmer's in his homeland, where it is called [italics]Dat-tay-vao[/italics].

Ba knows too well that the [italics]Dat-tay-vao[/italics] always comes with a price.

And Alan has only begun to pay.

In this new edition [shown above from Amazon --summary writer's note] of F. Paul Wilson's tale of supernatural suspense is for the first time accompanied by the short story, "Dat-tay-vao," which tells the story of the events bringing the [italics]Dat-tay-vao[/italics] to the United States.

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