14 Mar 2015

Praise for medical thriller “The Healer”

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A thousand thanks to these kind readers who took the time to leave these humbling reviews for my medical thriller THE HEALER. I can’t thank you enough.

marketing45.0 out of 5 stars Not your classic medical drama…, March 13, 2015
 
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This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but I can assure you it won’t be my last. As a healthcare professional myself, I was/am intrigued how writers portray the medical field and many of its mysteries. This book (cover is brilliant) caught my eye. The story inside did not disappoint!

At first, you think the story is the classic “girl is dying, girl searches for healer, girl finds healer, girl is healed.” But it’s so much more than that. Both healer and patient are at a crossroads, defining which way their lives will go. Fischer takes the reader on one hell of a journey.Prayer-can-Heal-2

Fischer makes you feel the enormity and depth of desperation Erica is feeling, believing this rather bizarre healer may be her one and only chance to survive terminal cancer. He deftly melds into the story the ever present and ongoing argument between alternative healing and Big Pharmaceuticals…*Note~Most of the latter comes from the former. At any rate, I found myself questioning what I would do, how far would I go to survive imminent death. The true beauty in this story is Fischer’s ability to humanize the relationship between healer and patient…flaws, idiosyncrasies and all, the healer is as human as the rest of us.

The story is emotional and captivating, beautifully written with some twists I didn’t expect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone! healer cover for kindle

Beautifully done! Bravo Mr. Fischer!

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Mystery, March 8, 2015

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The Healer by Christoph Fischer is an expansive grab bag of issues found within the confines of the medical community. It attacks pharmaceutical companies, cancer, chemotherapy, traditional Western medicine, and New Age healing techniques. At the center of all the swirling concepts and philosophies stands Erica, who I immediately disliked. However, as her situation is slowly revealed by the author, her aloofness, selfishness, and determination coalesce into a woman desperate to live. bethesda-naval-medical-center-80380__180

Her willingness to go into the guru-style therapy with the once-famous and now reclusive Arpan shows plenty about her quest. She doesn’t really believe in anything beyond the scientific, so turning herself over to something that requires blind faith in the unseen and untouchable, gave her believability and eventually likability.

The frantic search for a cure-all for the evil cancer drives the plot of this novel through all its gyrations and mysteries. The mystique of Anuj, the disappearance of Hilda, and the vitriolic of Julia all add to the suspense. The magic healer Arpan keeps his own secrets as does Erika, or rather Maria, as she presents herself to Arpan. The unraveling of it takes up the second half of the novel, while the first half revolves around the sped up healing process for Erika.
I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say the final links in the mystery at the end took me by surprise. I thought several times I had the mystery of all the characters solved, and then the author throws another hairpin curve on the road to discovery. syringe-417786__180
Arpan’s specialty for healing is pancreatic cancer. I recently lost a friend to this devastating disease. I found Erika’s search for a cure and disgust with the effects of chemotherapy believable. My friend probably would have signed a pact with the devil to first, be done with the ravages of chemicals surging through her body to unsuccessfully kill the cancer, and second, to live without pain, and third, but certainly not least, to simply live. When the reader first meets Erika, she has arrived at that point.

The Healer is not a light read. The discussions between Arpan and Erika expose many of the problems with Western medicine’s practices. The desperation of pharmaceutical companies to find the magic elixir rings true in the author’s exploration within the tension-filled plot. The drawbacks to putting all one’s faith in another who claims to have special powers is also a central theme of the book. Who is the culprit? Who is the victim? The answers lie within the pages of The Healer. Boyd and Ejay doing Healer Method

I marvel yet again at Christoph Fischer’s ability to write about relevant issues that impact us all. His leap from historical fiction to writing works about contemporary dilemmas represents his measure and ability as an adept storyteller, no matter the genre.

5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB, March 4, 2015
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Erica is dying from pancreatic cancer, with no where else to turn to she finds herself with a Welsh healer – Arpan has how own potions and his own ways – the only problem is he has stopped practicing. What is an age old conflict and plot – that of modern medicine and alternative medicine – is turned into a compelling, interesting, and entirely different story by Mr. Fischer. Does the spirit have anything to do with healing? Are we all haunted by our past? The aspect of the novel I like best is the intimate relationship one develops with the characters. You can feel images (1)
their emotions as if they are your own. A great medical thriller, great story, great characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read, March 2, 2015
This review is from: The Healer (Kindle Edition)
Diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, Erica Whittaker, high powered executive, is persuaded by her loyal personal assistant Hilda, to seek treatment from Arpan. Twenty years previously, he had cured hundreds of people of pancreatic cancer by holistic means. Erica’s reluctance to face him is governed by the past.

Fischer’s understanding of holistic healing practices allows Whittaker to be the Western sceptic and Arpan to explain what he does and why. This fast paced and intricately woven novel is a page turner and I enjoyed it very much. As Whittaker explores her own feelings about medicine, both conventional and holistic and the life she lives, both its pace and content, the reader is confronted with their own beliefs and life choices. Boyd and Ejay doing Healer Method

Thought provoking, interesting and a great read.

The Healer


When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her.  Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons, casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her.  Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

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CHRISTOPH FISCHER

Short Biography:

Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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