The Healer

Fiction - Supernatural
400 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Healer by John Thomas Tuft melds elements of the supernatural with horror to deliver a wonderful story. The narrative opens with an emergency in the hospital. Gideon Waters enters the ER and is confronted with chaos following a tragic accident. He learns that his wife, Christine, is among the victims. His life is quickly teetering toward an emotional breakdown after his devastating loss. When he discovers that his blood has the power to cure diseases, his life takes a completely new turn as a small group of Guardians try to convince him that he holds the key to the future of humanity. He must reach a dying pregnant woman in Pittsburgh before it is too late. The woman might hold the hope that humanity needs. However, there are many forces at play and those who help Gideon eventually end up dead. Enmeshed in a war he never wanted, can he unravel the mystery surrounding him and learn the purpose of his Blood Gift?

John Thomas Tuft is a great storyteller with the extraordinary ability to create scenes that feel real and emotionally charged. The exploration of the protagonist's psyche is impeccable and readers will be moved by how deeply flawed Gideon is. He experiences unimaginable tragedy and loss. From the heart-wrenching chaos of the hospital ER, where Gideon confronts the devastating reality of his wife's death, to the harrowing ordeal of his own near-death experience on a mountain cliff, the author deftly portrays the depths of this character's grief and despair. As Gideon struggles with the aftermath of these traumatic events, the reader is drawn into his inner turmoil and anguish, feeling every pang of sorrow and desperation that he experiences. The moments of reflection, such as his memories of his father and his mother's teachings, provide more depth to his personality. The introduction of mysterious elements into the plot, like a girl's miraculous recovery and the elderly man's cryptic words, are things that augment the sense of mystery and suspense. I enjoyed the finely drawn characters, from Gideon to the supporting cast, including Pearl and Eli. The Healer is suspenseful, filled with drama and unsuspecting twists.

K.C. Finn

The Healer is a work of supernatural drama with plenty of thrills and was penned by author John Thomas Tuft. In a modern-day America not unlike our own, there are people with extraordinary gifts. Our central figure is one such man, Gideon Waters, whose blood has the right properties to cure any disease. As more and more people discover Gideon’s unusual gift, so the bloodshed begins in his name. Anyone who tries to help Gideon seems to meet a nasty end, and soon he is convinced to race to the bedside of a dying pregnant woman who may bear the new savior of this world and many others. What follows is an exciting race against time with thrills and spills along the way.

There is an uncanny sense of realism to the central plot, despite its fantastical origins, and that is down to the commitment author John Thomas Tuft puts into his settings and characters. Much in the way that Dan Brown steeps his work deep in the real world around us, Tuft creates genuine people and familiar places for his miraculous concepts to unfold. Gideon is a rare hero because of his reluctance, highly relatable in the way that he reacts to the hand life has dealt him, but inspiring for the way he overcomes his challenges. The novel also possesses a watertight plot arc which accounts for everything it sets out to do, producing a huge sense of satisfaction at its conclusion. I would definitely recommend The Healer to fans of supernatural realism and mystery fiction.

Alma Boucher

John Tuft's remarkable story, The Healer, is about a man who has healing abilities in his blood. After his grandfather's funeral, Gideon was hurt while rock climbing and needed assistance from two strangers, Jonathan and Laurel, who took him to the hospital. Gideon entered the wrong hospital room and spilled some of his blood on a small child who was miraculously healed. The surprises did not stop there as Gideon ran from an armed attacker after finding bodies back at his grandfather's farm. Once more, Jonathan and Laurel came to Gideon's rescue and told him that they were Guardians, pledged to protect the upcoming Bloodfire Redemption, which would finally redeem humanity. With the potential to save humanity, Gideon Waters' newly discovered healing power puts him in jeopardy.

John Tuft's The Healer was an action-packed, fast-paced book, and I had a hard time putting it down. The unique storyline was engaging and had me guessing until the end. I had no idea what would happen next because of all the twists and turns. I was thrust straight into the thick of things, and the entire reading experience was one big thrill rush. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat throughout this page-turner. The characters were believable and true to life, and I could relate to them. Gideon was my favorite character, and I was glad for him when he found happiness again after everything he had to endure. The story was brilliantly crafted and had me captivated from start to finish, with plenty of surprises.

Essien Asian

Gideon is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his wife and unborn child in a senseless accident when he inadvertently discovers that he has a unique gift hidden within him. His blood is capable of curing ailments. At this point, he meets a strange group of people who call themselves The Guardians and tell him he is the key to an ancient prophecy that can save humanity. Gideon may doubt this group, but he also knows that certain people are interested in capturing him, even if it means killing everyone connected to him. Only time will tell if the Guardians can help him harness his ability before the Metamelonians get to him in John Thomas Tuft’s The Healer.

In The Healer, the longer you analyze the factions within this intriguing story, the sooner you realize that good and evil are relative concepts, depending on which side’s motivations you tilt toward. The characters are well crafted, with each individual having some aspects of their origin stories hidden intentionally for the reader to discover in the latter sections of the book. What immediately caught my attention were the unique names of the factions. Names such as the Metamelonians and the Trackers sound like they have secret meanings, which need deciphering to understand the novel fully. Pearl’s constant cryptic references to past and future events kept the suspense exciting in this fast-paced story. Though not as frightening as I initially expected, John Thomas Tuft’s creative storytelling technique spins a riveting tale in The Healer that mystery genre lovers will fall in love with.

Jamie Michele

In The Healer by John Thomas Tuft, Gideon Waters' life takes a surreal turn when he discovers his blood possesses miraculous healing powers. Fleeing from danger after stumbling upon unsettling secrets at his grandfather's farm, he finds refuge in the company of Jonathan and Laurel, who reveal themselves as Guardians tasked with safeguarding the BloodFire Redemption, a pivotal event crucial for humanity's survival. With the looming threat of the BloodMaster and his relentless trackers, Gideon must navigate a treacherous path to fulfill his prophesied role as the Healer, alongside the FireGuide and the Sacrament Child, believed to be the comatose woman's unborn child. As the stakes rack up, alliances form and sacrifices are made in a race against time to ensure the Redemption's realization and thwart the forces intent on its destruction.

The Healer by John Thomas Tuft is a spectacular work of supernatural fiction, harnessing the emotional vulnerability of a battered Gideon and giving someone who could not save the one they loved most the power to heal everyone else. It's an interesting concept, and Tuft does a fantastic job of building it all up. I tend to dislike it when characters discuss dream sequences, but in Gideon's case, I think it does well in deepening our understanding of his struggle to reconcile his past and present. Unfortunately for Lauren, the woman who came "after," it can feel like stiff competition when the first woman shows up in a flood of light with gifts of flowers and gods. The writing is sublime, and there were several times when the beauty of Tuft's prose caught me off guard. “...But the human race is needed. Not to possess or dominate all that is. But to take our place and to be who we are among all that is." Overall, this is the best read I've had this year. Very highly recommended.

Asher Syed

The Healer by John Thomas Tuft begins in the wake of a rock-climbing accident, where Gideon finds himself endowed with a miraculous ability: his blood possesses healing powers. Suddenly thrust into a world of prophecy and peril, he crosses paths with Jonathan and Laurel, who tell him they are Guardians and that the safeguarding of any hope that humanity has for a future is in their hands. Gideon learns he is the Healer, a position that, while part of a prophecy, isn't something he wanted or asked for. His pressing job is to save the unborn child of Jennifer Marks, the last hope for humanity's redemption. However, their mission is jeopardized by the relentless pursuit from the BloodMaster and his deadly trackers, who seek to end the prophecy at any cost.

John Thomas Tuft's The Healer delivers a pitch-perfect story of intertwined destinies, and divergent storylines that come together with richly developed characters and an intricate, but not implausible, plot. It has some romance that lies in the evolving relationship between Gideon and Laurel. This is secondary and unfolds organically in line with the chaos and danger they face. Tuft captures a more significant emotional toll in Eli, who has to fight for his comatose loved one. Real fights come up too and one scene sees Gideon and Laurel confronting a BloodTracker. Their struggle for survival in the micro-moments is as serious as their macro mission. Tuft's writing is faultless, immersing readers in a world fraught with uncertainty and danger. The Healer is a five-star read that seamlessly pulls together action, emotion, and the desperate need to turn the pages.