The Healer

Book Cover

ACTION APOCALYPTIC DRAMA SUSPENSE/THRILLER

20th Century (multiple decades)

John Thomas Tuft

  • -
  • Views

Logline

Gideon Waters faces mortal danger when he discovers his blood can cure disease. And anyone who helps him is brutally murder, Gideon races to find the pregnant woman in Pittsburgh who holds the last hope of humanity, the wife of the man who took Gideon's own family away from him.

Genre

Action,Apocalyptic,Drama,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

Rescued from a climbing accident, Gideon is in an ER, trying to console a dying girl. Some of the blood from his wounds get on the girl's IV and she is healed. An elderly man who says Gideon is the long awaited Healer, is brutally murdered. Gideon flees into the night.


After letting himself love once again, Gideon's lover is taken from him by those arrayed against him. His long lost father returns from exile to take Laurel's place so that his son can again learn to love.

Setting

Pittsburgh and Ohio River Valley, Shenandoah Valley, Lake Erie

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Gideon Waters

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Heartthrob,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Elijah Marks

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Religious,Desperate,Selfless,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Laurel Rayn

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Sexy,Confident,Faithful

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

A fast moving story where The DaVinci Code meets The Celestine Prophecy. After his wife and unborn son are killed, Gideon learns his blood cures disease. Reluctant to believe in such fairy tales, he is confronted by Laurel, calling herself his guardian. As they try to stay ahead of those seeking to capitalize on his gift, and deciding who should benefit from it, they fall in love. Those who try to help them are brutally murdered by shadowy bloodtrackers. They must reach the pregnant wife of the man who was responsible for the deaths of Gideon's family and heal her before she dies for her child is destined to be the hope of the world..

About The Author

John Thomas Tuft grew up in Western Pennsylvania, whose towns, rivers and landscapes are the setting for The Healer. He is a novelist, screenwriter, newspaper columnist, and poet. He has served as a Presbyterian minister, mental health counselor, hospital chaplain, and sheep farmer. He is a father and grandfather who now makes his home in North Carolina.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: The Mulberry Books

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

1952405483

Genre

ACTION, THRILLER, SUSPENSE, RELIGION, FANTASY

Brief

Gideon loses his way after the accidental death of his wife and unborn child. He finds his purpose again and a new lease on life when he discovers the healing powers of his blood. His blood contains a sacred element that cures anyone except himself. But knowledge of his blood's power comes with a curse and anyone who knows he is the healer faces an almost certain death.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

The actual story is much more mythology heavy and about figuring out the power behind Gideon's blood and curse rather than the dilemma of having to save the child of the man who killed his child and wife. The logline alludes to this religious-like prophecy dimension but the short summary skips over the otherworldly aspect of Gideon's blood.

Draw of Story

The opening scene is very striking in that it instantly creates emotional investment for Gideon as he is witnessing the loss of his wife and child without realizing he was called to the ER because he's the emergency contact not because he was the attending doctor. This confusion and then realization is gripping and raw. Gideon has to come to terms with their death twice over when he finds out the car accident was a human error not the weather.

Possible Drawbacks

The action is spread out around many hiding and recovery period for Gideon. This allows down time for research into the meaning behind his blood and connection to the Sanctuary Chronicles but the murder cycle can become repetitive in that they rarely uncover new information or misleads while in action.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Gideon Waters is the prophecy Healer whose blood cures any disease yet knowing about his power can get the person killed. He must save the child of the man who killed his own family with this power and this child will have the power his unborn one was supposed to have.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a medium size fan base in that it is a supernatural murder mystery rooted in gritty realism, but the heavy original mythology might create a more complicated concept than what appeals to the normal larger action demographic.

Awards Potential

This is unlikely to have awards potential as most of the internal conflicts of the characters, outside of Eli and Gideon, do not have a range of emotions outside of dying. Thus it may be solidly acted but none of the scenarios for the side characters have the range needed to garner performance recognition.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

FRAILTY, DAMNATION, THE PHANTOM MENACE, FALLEN, MYSTIC RIVER, THE DA VINCI CODE

What’s New About the Story

The mythology is original but the structure of how the mythology is revealed and the external main conflict tying in the prophecy to the survival of the enemy's child could be changed to make it more unique. The logic jump to how Eli's child could be the next Sacrament child of the Sanctuary Chronicles is already stretched enough that other options to have to save could be used that still require forgiveness of Gideon's part.

Lead Characters

Gideon's blood obviously stands out for its dual nature of being a blessing and a curse. However his character itself stands out for being determined and forgiving. He is selfless but not self-sacrificing.

Uniqueness of Story

This has original mythology that is meshes the supernatural elements well with gritty realism. But the structure and the main conflict end in a guessable manner. Showing Eli's intentions and connection to Gideon in an ongoing manner rather than as a reveal undermines his potential as a the possible threat involved in killing the knowing bystanders of Gideon's power.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Making Eli's connection to Gideon and whether he could be guilty of the murders more likely would make Eli a better red herring threat to add more tension and mystery to the rising actions of the blood's curse. Adjusting the structure of how the mythology is given as exposition could help the explanations feel fresher.