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I'm awarding The Touch, by Robert Flynn III two out of four stars. I would have awarded three stars if the author didn't broadcast events before their occurrence, or the reactions of the characters being used to convey meaning in the narrator's vision of what should have simply been the reaction of the reader. I couldn't conscionably award one star because the story was enjoyable – for the most part. I would recommend this book to open-minded readers of Christian or Muslim faith who are looking for something different, however – not conversely, I would also recommend this book to supernatural fans who are adverse to the Christian, or Muslim faiths'. I'd advise readers who are strongly adverse to the darker forces to avoid this one, as well as those who are looking to connect with the characters in a meaningful way.
While the writing is simplistic, and often guilty of telling what's going to happen throughout the book, before presenting the "scenes" in which the events unfold, there is a voice to the narrator which I found made for easier reading, albeit with the use of colloquialisms, and cliches. Oddly enough, these form what I liked most about the book. The narrator is easy to connect with, as I found myself relating to the story through the insights offered in this manner. It gives the narrator a likeable voice which I found palatable. I loved the originality of the story!
I liked least the delivery. Sometimes stilted language which looks to have been written by someone who isn't native to English (at times), and almost always interjecting with how amazing, or wonderful something in which we've yet to read about can be off-putting. The dialogue leaves something to be desired as well. Sometimes characters are built up to something which they don't demonstrate throughout the story, and although the actions which are to follow are frequently broadcast, sometimes those events which unfold deliver beautiful scenes for the imagination.
The story begins to deliver hopeful scenarios but tires of this in the earlier stages of development. At least one scene boosts opposite feelings – maybe those of hopelessness. It ends on a high note and doesn't seem to make much fuss over the characters left behind, in the wake of fruitful changes, as those which were intended earlier on. It could be that this is summarised but as a concrete-thinker, I found this issue slightly annoying. The story has many diverse and appealing scenarios which I found fitting for the motivations of the characters involved.
In summary, the story is one of empowerment, and not without literal powers of body, mind, and soul, but those of character and morality continue to be a focal point within this inspiring story. It's mostly a feel-good story of conquest and challenges in a world fraught with difficult people, and challenging circumstances. There are messages of a higher power throughout the story and leaves one with the impression that there's something special in each one of us. However, not all the characters contained within this book are given the same treatment, which I found a little bit sad, but overall I left the book feeling uplifted and hopeful.
There were many things I enjoyed about this book. It was so original that I found it somewhat indescribable. At first the omniscient viewpoint threw me a bit, but it soon became obvious how appropriate it was as you ponder who is telling the tale. The author's narrative voice is outstanding. It's as if you can hear the narrator speaking in a somewhat archaic speech that totally works. The characters were real and engaging. I loved Alabama, Gabriel, and Josh as well as the others who joined in as the tale progressed. The premise and supernatural angle is unique and shows the author has a strong grasp on Biblical and Apocryphal descriptions of angels, yet adds a few interpretations of his own.
The plot is intriguing, suspenseful, and keeps you turning the pages. Clearly the world's sorry situation is reflected and gives you pause what might be going on in other dimensions with regard to the host of wayward and evil humans at large on our planet.
I was somewhat disappointed by the ending, however. Not so much because the story is clearly part of a serial, but because the main characters were seemingly abandoned as new twists were introduced to the story line. I think the author could have handled it better, perhaps by including the characters in which I'd invested interest throughout the rest of the book more directly in the final chapters while still including teasers with regard to the next episode. It felt as if they simply dropped out of existence as a whole new story angle took shape, which would have been a great way to start the next volume as opposed to ending this one. I was planning on giving this unique tale five stars until the ending, which I found unsatisfying and not as skillfully rendered as the rest of the book. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it tremendously until then.
The opening chapter of a rain storm was an ideal way to get this story rolling. The eerie vision in a left over rain cloud starts the first of many mysterious acts for unsuspecting people. The main character is an orphan, Gabriel, but my favorite character was actually Alabama, a nurse who is best described by the author as “a strong woman and not an especially friendly one.” She has great character growth throughout the story.
Gabriel is the one with the powers at first, and he’s not sure why he has them nor is anyone else. He wants nothing more than to be a normal boy, and again the author does a wonderful job with description as he lays out the internal issues this orphan boy faces with “the same something that was trying to destroy him was also keeping him together.”
A lot of characters get introduced midway through leading me to feel this would be a great TV series. There is something supernaturally occurring and only certain people experience it and they all want to know why. I’d recommend this book.
I enjoyed this book mostly because the story was unique. A lot going on. I give it a 4 out of 5 for that reason. It did have several errors and didn't flow too easily in the reading so I couldn't give it a 5 star. Over all though, it's worth reading and following.
Do you remember the euphemisms regarding "best intentions?" Well, this book is an example. The first chapter is compelling and draws you into this mysterious premise of children hearing a disembodied voice and their touch spreading this energy throughout the world, but after that, it really isn't worth your time to keep reading. The dialogue is truly the worst part. Exclamation marks just abound and gave me a headache because I felt like they were all yelling for no reason in my head. Also, Josh's dialogue has a lot of the use of "freakin'." I don't care how juvenile he is, it just seemed so unrealistic. As I said, the premise was solid, but the execution was immature, at best, but to me it was "freakin'" annoying! (See what I did there?) I would recommend just not reading this one.
The touch is a very intriguing story written by Robert Flynn III. The characters are all well-arranged in a way that makes the book easy to read and deduce a clear meaning. I noticed no grammatical or typographical errors in it. So, I, rate this work 4 out of 4 stars.
This book fascinated me in a very real spiritual sense . It totally surprised me to find out to whom "the voice " actually belonged. I MUST have the next installment as soon as possible . I highly recommend this book for the thoughts and images it pulls from the reader. Great character development and storytelling .
The writing is terrible! The storyline had possibilities but the writing distracted from it. Phrases like: terrible tonality. This author tried for what he thought was sophisticated phrasing and clever descriptions, huge character development because of the story. This book was unbelievably bad.