Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I have no officially read the first three volumes of F. Paul Wilson's Adversary Cycle--The Keep, The Tomb, and now The Touch. The only thing is, without reading the final three books in the series--Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld--I don't have a clue how this one fits in with the others. From the book descriptions I know that Rasalom, from The Keep, is the main enemy of the series and that Repairman Jack shows up in the last book, but I don't have a clue as to how this one fits in.
Anyway, The Touch is about a doctor who gets a mysterious healing power. Unfortunately for him, that power comes with a terrible price. The story is mainly about how Dr. Bulmer, and those around him react to his strange power. He gets mobbed by sick people, his wife leaves him, and his colleagues all think that he's either insane or a quack. It isn't a particularly scary book, though it does get a bit gruesome near the end.
Still, this a good, gripping book. I read it in less than a day. Unfortunately, even though The Keep and The Tomb have been recently reprinted in inexpensive paperbacks, The Touch is out of print. Still, you can currently get a nice used hardcover copy from Amazon for about $10 (for some odd reason the used paperbacks are more expensive). I like this book, and you should try it if you can find it. I give The Touch four and a half yo-yos.