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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Touch: A Supernatural Story - Part I is a work of complex and contemporary fantasy fiction penned by author Robert Flynn III, which takes on the themes of angels and demons alongside good and evil. Written in the style of many modern fantasy thrillers that consider the nature of man and the powers of the supernatural, our hero here is Gabriel, a supposedly autistic boy who hears a powerful voice in his head. The ‘touch’ of the title comes when Gabriel discovers he can transfer power to others, and slowly he comes to bond with Joshua Fellows, who also lives at this orphanage. The two boys begin a journey to bring good to the world, but the presence of the voice is a mystery that they might turn out unwilling to solve.
Author Robert Flynn III writes beautifully and atmospherically to bring each scene of this work to life, from Gabriel’s early life and visitations of the voice right into the work that he and Joshua try to bring to the world. There is an expansive cast of characters to experience as the novel moves forward, and several plot strands which are reeled out but not fully reeled back in. Since this is only Part I of the tale, an incomplete plot suggests that those threads will return in a later book. These will hopefully encompass a fascinating overall thread of the pull of the supernatural and the very nature of good and evil. I would definitely recommend The Touch with the hope that there is more beautiful writing and a concrete plot resolution to come in future.