The Touched

Sometimes, healing can go too far...

What happens when a surgeon becomes obsessed with death?

Dr. Isaac Weed had it all: a loving wife and daughter, a thriving surgical practice, and a gift for healing. But when his daughter dies he cannot let go and discovers a door to the afterlife. There's just one problem.

In order to open the door, somebody has to die.

The Touched. A novel.

A Tale of the Bloody Scalpel.

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What happens when a surgeon becomes obsessed with death?

Dr. Isaac Weed had it all: a loving wife and daughter, a thriving surgical practice, and a gift for healing. But when his daughter dies he cannot let go and discovers a door to the afterlife. There’s just one problem.

In order to open the door, somebody has to die.

The Touched. A novel.

Sometimes, healing can go too far…

 

Constant reader:

There is fear and there is terror.

Fear enters the heart and creeps the bones. That sound in the night that appears to be more than it really is, that light that flickers at an inopportune moment, or the plumbing that burps unexpectedly. Fear causes the heart to race and the breathing to come in quick, shallow gasps. Fear plays games with the mind, but generally these are minor and pass with time.

But what if fear does not pass, what if fear is ratcheted up a notch or two? What if reality morphs into what seems, and what seems twists into what is? At that crucial point, at that moment when the mind can no longer discern what is from what is not, fear gives way to terror.

Terror bypasses the heart and enters the mind, creeps the soul. Terror grips its victim with all the tenacity of a bear trap’s steel jaws, crushes the spirit within, and feeds the black nothingness that somehow lives in each of us just beyond the edge of our consciousness. The tar of that nothingness boils over and lays bare the illusion of security, opens a Pandora’s box of hideous insights. And as the mind begins to choke, so too the body. The throat dries to dust and feels the sting of a thousand flies as every breath becomes agony and every heartbeat a further step out of this world and into the next. Sphincters weaken and the body churns its wastes out, perhaps lightening its load for the flight it perceives to come. But then the legs buckle and the knees falter, the victim falls to the ground and cowers in his own excrement, the world around him now nothing more than an apparition populated by the creatures of his own imagination.

This is a novel about terror. Consider yourself warned…

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Series: Tales of the Bloody Scalpel, Book 7
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Tags: from the mind of Edison McDaniels, Supernatural Medical Thrillers
Format: eBook
Length: novel
ASIN: B00U4JJC6K
eBook Price: 2.99
Endorsements
"Think Stephen King meets Michael Crichton..."
– Bill Glose, Book Editor of Virginia Living
“The Touched is one of those unexpected surprises that make reading worthwhile. At once a page-turning thriller, and a metaphysical adventure of the highest order, it’s a book that will keep you turning the pages until you hit the marvelously redemptive ending craving more. One can’t but think of Stephen King, as the story’s rich cast of lovable, exquisitely-rendered characters grapple with evil, beauty, and the depths of grief and hope.”
– Tim Farrington, Author of The Monk Downstairs
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About the Author
Edison McDaniels

A brain surgeon with 20+ years and over 8,000 cases under his belt, Edison McDaniels spends as much time as possible writing fiction these days. He is the author of the acclaimed TALES OF THE BLOODY SCALPEL series of medical thrillers, as well as the THE GETTYSBURG TRILOGY, a series of intense novels depicting the battlefield surgeons at Gettysburg.
He lives in the upper midwest, does not have a dog, but can often be found at Minnesota Twins baseball games. He is not squeamish.

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