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The story of The Healer is an ancient tale passed down over several generations and tells of a man with a golden hand and a patch of silver hair who is able to heal all ills. Whether or not he ever existed remains unsure but legend says that in a time of need, The Healer will return again.....
This is the basic premise of Healer; F.Paul Wilson's excursion into mainstream, classic sci-fi. Set many thousands of years in a future where mankind has spread himself amongst the stars, it starts with the creation of The Healer and carries the reader on through key moments in his life until he becomes a recluse. Unable to handle the fact that he is now immortal whilst all around him are fated to eventually die, The Healer retreats from humanity until there comes a time when he can hide no more!
It is an intriguing tale and one that is a classic and oft-forgotten amongst the remainder of Wilson's other numerous works. Part of the LeNague trilogy of novels, (in fact the first in the series) its main themes centre around a Galactic Federation that aims to help the human race prosper amongst the stars. The main protagonist, Steve Dalt, starts off as human as you and I but it is only when he encounters an alien symbiote that kills 999 out of a thousand creatures it tries to bond with that he becomes The Healer. Forced to share his mind with another intelligence, he attempts to use his new found powers for good and especially to combat a psychological disesase of epic proportions that is spreading across the galaxy and it is during this mission that Wilson chooses to explore exactly what it is that makes us human and what it must be like to be totally outside of known society!
This is amongst my favourite sci-fi novels of all time and is very well written and concieved. It is the only LeNague book I have read but would certainly inspire me to read more! I would recommend this not just to fans of Wilson's work but also to anyone looking for something a little different in the sci-fi genre!
And it is available from Amazon currently at just under £5 used! Bargain!