The Touch: A Supernatural Story - Part I

The Touch: A Supernatural Story - Part I

by Mr. Robert Edward Flynn III


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The old beast is up to something out of character here.

Gabriel appears autistic because he hears a voice. The voice is real, but it is a supernatural presence. This voice gives him a power that he can transfer by touch. Gabriel does not trust this presence, though he finds that the wonder of what he is experiencing is far too great for him to resist.

Gabriel's "autism" is really a defense against the weight of the power that has engulfed his heart, mind and soul, from the very beginning. He has no memory of his parents and in actuality, the voice, which causes him so much distress, is the only reality he has ever known. Living in an orphanage in Austin, Texas, all of his life, the voice has shown him more attention and love than any other person.

He befriends one other special young person in that orphanage, Joshua Fellows. Joshua also has experienced little love in his short life. The bond between these two young boys is the beginning of an amazing journey

Together, they form a bond that gives each of them strength to take the gift, and to use it for good. They will ultimately discover that the presence is not at all who they expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542737227
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/17/2017
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Robert E Flynn III is a software-developer, musician, living with his beautiful fiance, Claudia, in San Antonio, Texas. He has two wonderful children, Caitlin and Zachary, who are grown and exploring their own fantastic lives. He has spent his entire life pursuing creative endeavors. Music was his first love and still is, and writing was always part of his life, but one college professor instilled the positive input that pushed him to create his first novel. While writing endless essays and research papers, this professor wrote something truly inspiring on every one of those works one semester. He simply wrote, "This was a pleasure to read!" This simple message inspired deeply. This is his first novel, but the story has been developing in his mind for two years. The book has a supernatural theme, but it is also a story of the condition of humanity.
Robert also lived in Austin, Texas for many years and was part of the music scene in the city during that time. He was a member of several bands during those days and tremendously enjoyed playing live in many venues in the music rich area. He also lived in Denver, Colorado for several years when his children were young and then relocated back to San Antonio, Texas to be close to family.

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The Touch: A Supernatural Story - Part I 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Grymm More than 1 year ago
Gabriel lives in an orphanage and suffers from what is thought to be autism, but is really just the way his body reacts to his powers. His character’s duality (how he is perceived vs. how he really is) and that he hears the Voice really gives Gabriel a dynamic that makes him stand out in a crowd. Flynn weaves a great story here, and does well crafting a behemoth of a plot and keeping it on the rails. The story starts off strong, the characters are strong, and it’s easy to find yourself hooked at the beginning. The plot gets a bit hard to follow a little under ¾ in, but the author manages to navigate the storyline well enough. Overall this book is entertaining and is worth the read.
CrackedSpine More than 1 year ago
Robert Flynn’s The Touch is quite a unique book and protagonist Gabriel is a real stand-out character. I can understand how readers of more simple books could feel challenged by the autism / hearing voices aspect, but if you prefer your books above the level of standard paint-by-numbers pulp that sadly, often hit the best-sellers charts these days, then this is the book for you. Flynn’s literary dexterity really manages to pull this off, and as book 1 in the series it goes without saying and looking forward to what will come next as we move onto book two and hopefully beyond.
ValeryElias16 More than 1 year ago
The Touch by Robert Flynn has a great and different kind of protagonist in his character, Gabriel. Thought to be autistic, and living in an orphanage, Gabriel is actually gifted with something quite special. The voice he hears in his head is real, and transfers to him a special touch. This aspect of the story alone is quite intriguing, and when Gabriel befriends Joshua, another orphan, the story takes off in a whole new direction. Supernatural effects fill this story, but not just with fantasy, they fill it with hope and trying to make the universe a better place. This is a wholly unique story, one which has not been done before, and the author Flynn has a wonderful way with words, creating a real world, and a fantasy world with ease. A good combination of science fiction, with a bit of a thriller mixed in, The Touch satisfies on a light of levels, but most importantly on an emotional one. Highly recommend, and looking forward to more from this author.
ReadersFavorite3 12 months ago
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.
ReadersFavorite2 12 months ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite The Touch: A Supernatural Story — Part I by Robert Flynn III is a paranormal novel exploring what it means to be different. Gabriel is an orphan, with no memory of his parents. Now living in an orphanage in Austin, Texas, he experiences a strange, powerful presence that imbues him with great power, one that he can communicate through touch. But the experience is overwhelming, filling his heart with a deep sense of awe and excitement. While this presence can sometimes be a great companion in times of loneliness, it is also a cause for anxiety. Feigning autism doesn’t help much. When Gabriel develops a friendship with Joshua Fellows, a boy who hasn’t known much love in his life, they set out on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they harness this power and use it for the common good, to heal, or will it break them? Robert Flynn III writes about very powerful themes, allowing readers to get to know the characters and gain powerful insights of what it feels like to be an orphan. The themes of loneliness and friendship are beautifully explored, and while there is a supernatural angle at the heart of the narrative, the author makes the characters believable. They are real in their anxiety, in their hidden pain, and in their quest for meaningful connections. The Touch: A Supernatural Story — Part I features beautiful prose and writing that is insightful and descriptive at the same time. Conflict is developed at multiple levels, but the psychological underpinnings of the novel, and the message that each of us are deeply loved in ways we don’t even understand, caught my attention. I enjoyed the transition that Gabriel makes from being a loner to finding friendship and to accepting a gift he barely understands.
ReadersFavorite1 12 months ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Touch: A Supernatural Story – Part I by Robert Flynn III is a beautifully written urban fantasy that will enthrall readers who enjoy characters with supernatural gifts. Gabriel has no recollection of his parents. Living in an orphanage in Austin, he exhibits signs of autism, but there is more to him that is hidden beneath the autism. He has never known love, but there is a presence in him that empowers him with unusual energy, one he can transmit through touch. While he doesn’t trust this presence, the voice that has spoken within him has been the only thing close to real love that he has ever known. He develops a connection with another orphan, Joshua Fellows, and their friendship helps Gabriel to grow his confidence, eventually accepting his gift. But where does it lead them? While The Touch is a tale with supernatural happenings, it is skillfully written and filled with realism and humanity. Gabriel was, of course, my best character. One watches as he struggles with the presence that invades his life and feels compassion for him, but the young character eventually develops a connection with someone who seems to understand him. The narrative is emotionally rich and I enjoyed how the author developed the psychological aspects of the conflict. The characters are filled with humanity and the setting in an orphanage in Austin, Texas is well handled. The author uses this world to create characters that reflect the reality of orphans. There are other supporting and interesting characters like Clara and Big Jim that readers will want to know. Robert Flynn III keeps readers engaged from page to page with chapters filled with focused scenes and by ending each chapter with something intriguing that has the reader wanting more.
ReadersFavorite 12 months ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Living in the orphanage, introspective young Gabriel Nunez is deemed autistic by others but the truth is he’s in constant distress. He hears a voice, a powerful presence, that controls him and gives him power that he can use by touch. Even though he fears and doesn’t trust this presence, he finds it hard to resist and wonders at the things that it has showed him so far. His roommate, Joshua Fellows, knows his secret and becomes his confidant. However, Gabriel is not the only special child as there are others like him with powers that are capable of changing the world. The Touch (A Supernatural Story, Part I) by Robert E. Flynn III has a unique story premise with a fascinating biblical supernatural element. The good versus evil conflict leans towards the one that exists in humanity, reflecting the terrible happenings in the world today and how justice is achieved through the protagonists' actions. I gravitated towards Alabama, Gabriel, and Joshua right away. I’m also fascinated with Maral's and Abdul’s part of the story, where their hard lives in their own country and their efforts to seek a better future are realistically depicted. Even though I was only drawn to several main characters, I found their roles to be well developed. On the other hand, the way the dialogue is delivered and the twist in the plot may surprise some readers. The Touch is no doubt an intriguing read.
GemmaDavison More than 1 year ago
Gabriel is a remarkable boy. Whilst those in the orphanage believe he is autistic, he actually has a special ability that allows him to hear the voice of a mysterious supernatural presence. Joining forces with a similar boy at the orphanage, Gabriel aims to discover the owner of the mysterious voice and what their intentions are. Can they use their special gifts for the greater good, or are there some sinister sources at work? 'The Touch' does have a slightly complicated plot, but I did not find this a problem. It allowed me to slow down and take my time with the book so I could absorb everything. Ably written and very exciting and enjoyable. If you are a fan of supernatural fiction, I urge you to give Robert Flynn's novel a try, it has the potential to be a really great series of books, with an appeal to a wide audience.
TootYourBooks More than 1 year ago
Gabriel is a great protagonist to lead the plot in The Touch. Because of his autism it is wrongly perceived he suffers from autism, and that is where the scene is set for the story to progress. The other characters, and I definitely include the Voice in there, are well-written and compelling, and the interactions create a magnetism that left me unable to stop reading. You know that “just one more chapter before bed” feeling? Well you’ll definitely experience that here. Overall a great read, and if part 2 is anywhere near as good as this I’ll be one delighted reader.