Without doubt, there are writers in any genre that become celebrities, while others who are as good (but haven't had the commercial machine of a large pub house driving sales) as their famous peers tick along in the background, only ever emerging to see the 'real' genre fans and taste limited success. Writers such as King and Koontz are two such machines from the world of darkness that overshadow absolutly amazing genre contributers such as Mr. Wilson. His first book, The Keep, was a bestseller, and he has enjoyed limited success with his novels since. The Touch casts a family GP doctor as main protagonist, who's dedication to the practice of hands-on on medicine, that personal touch that makes the difference between good and bad care, whose life is turned upside down when he is possessed by a power that gives him almost divine healing powers. The balance of plot and character is drawn well in this story, unlike some of Wilson's earlier work which were more plot that you can shake a stick at, and the emotional responses of Alan (the doc.) are realistic and well considered, leaving the reader feeling much empathy with his problems. The Touch works to chill you, enlighten you, shock you, make you smile, make you snigger and most of all, leave you contented you've read a great story. Five stars without doubt, and keep reading F. Paul Wilson.
This book was well written and keeps the reader entranced with it's characters and fast pace. The hero has the ability to really cure people by touching them - but the downside is that his own lifeforce is equivalently reduced. The love angle is charming and moving and the outcome - albeit a little predictable - I found exhiliarating. One for all ages - this book cannot fail to charm it's readers - and the beauty of it is that - their is a tie in with F. Pauls other novels starting with 'The Keep'.
Following the success of 'The Keep', this progresses the unseen world, but is on its own a weaker novel, as the premise makes you expect more in the way of horror and originality. As a means to an end, satisfactory.