The Healer by Jeffrey G. Roberts

The Healer by Jeffrey Roberts

The Healer

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is a science fiction novel set in the year 2181. Dr. Reynolds Cully is awarded a Harvard grant to travel to Mars with his family. His assignment is to research the physiology of an ancient race there, now long extinct. All their recorded history lies within the titanic edifice known as The Face on Mars. But while there, authorities discover an eons old Martian time/space travel device. This is apparently how they explored the universe, when dinosaurs still ruled our Earth. But a mystery has always intrigued him: he is granted a National Science Foundation grant to use the ancient device, and travel to Earth in the year 2013, to try and solve the medical mystery known as The Great Alaskan Plague of 2012. Eventually he does reveal the cause. But unbeknownst to him, back in 2181 Mars, a sinister group of religious zealots known as the Creation Purity Brigade, believe unearthing of Martian artifacts and cultural icons is sacrilege and blasphemy to Judeo-Christianity. And they blow up the time/space travel apparatus! Dr. Cully is now stranded in a violent & primitive world – ours; 168 years and 150 million miles from his wife & children. How will he survive? How will he heal using 22nd century technology, without exposing his real identity; and possibly altering the course of history in doing so? It is a crisis of conscience he must grapple with. But he has no choice. For he is – THE HEALER. (A link: AND: AND: Barnes & Noble –

About the Author

Jeffrey G. RobertsI was born in New York City during Millard Fillmore’s administration. At least, I feel like that sometimes.

My Dad was a decorated ace in the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross. I think that’s where I got my love of aviation from. My Mom was a saint. Period.
I soloed on Halloween, 1968, from the old Burnside-Ott Aviation Training Center at Opa-Locka Airport in Florida, graduating from North Miami Senior High that same year. I remember it was a beautiful little Cessna 150. Okay- it wasn’t a Lear Jet. We can’t have everything. Blue sky is blue sky.
I graduated from Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, in 1974, having received a Bachelor’s degree in writing and a Master’s in history. Flagstaff is the home of Lowell Observatory, where Percival Lowell did so much to further our understanding of Mars at the turn of the last century, and where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. It’s also the home of the U.S. Geological Survey, who were the 1st to process the pictures of Mars, sent from the old Mariner missions in the 60’s. N.A.U. astronomers were also the first to discover caves on Mars, due to the darker light at their entrances, when compared to the surrounding area.
I did awful in High School because I hated it. I did great in college because I loved it. No brainer. Now I know why Northern Arizona is called God’s country. Visit it sometime! I’ve climbed down to the bottom of the magnificent Grand Canyon (and yes, out again – obviously) and still feel the aches & pains some 40 years later. I’ll walk it off. Maybe some liniment.
I’ve lived in Florida, New York, California, Ontario, Canada, and now Arizona again. And we come full circle.
I started writing seriously around 1978. Prior to that I suppose I wasn’t serious – shopping lists, addressing letters, hastily scribbled recipes, threatening notes to other car owners to get out of my parking space – things like that. Since then, I’ve written THE HEALER, CHERRIES IN WINTER, plus 7 novels of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and numerous short stories.
I’ve always been attracted to the weird & unexplainable. I suppose it all began when I first looked into a mirror. I’m a great believer in UFO’s, and detest the conspiracy of silence concerning them. I believe the future of space commercialization lies in private enterprise. As such, I also believe that Mars should be our top priority. And what will we find when we get there? Remnants of an ancient civilization. And – of course – the infamous Face on Mars. Don’t believe me? Wait. As Fox Mulder said, “The truth is out there.”
My favorite authors? Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke, James Thurber, Thornton Wilder, H.G. Wells, and many others, fiction and non-fiction, and too numerous to mention.
I did my Master’s thesis on THE LOST CONTINENT OF ATLANTIS. I was going to write on THE SCIENTIFIC PROOF OF SANTA CLAUS, but I was afraid of getting a lump of coal in my stocking that Christmas.
I love 60’s muscle cars, cheeseburgers, kittens & puppies, Enya, Mars, peace & quiet, fringe science, airplanes, suppressed inventions, the past, the future, the Philadelphia experiment, vexillology (the study of flags), NDE’s, Disneyworld, ghosts, and the wisdom of Edmund Burke, who said, “the only requirement for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do – nothing.”
The things I hate would require more storage capacity than the computers of the Starship Enterprise. So if you want to know, you’ll just have to wait until the 25th century!
I’m a type B introvert. I believe in the contemplative, quiet life. Locked in a closet, I’d probably start writing on the walls. I believe in the Golden Rule – and live by it. I prefer the country to the city.
Someone once said that all speculative fiction begins with a two word premise: what if? Works for me.
Just remember, friends – at best, life is a joke. At worst, none of this is real; it’s all done with smoke & mirrors. Actually, life is really a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.


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As I finished reading, I found myself in the thrall of a few conflicted feelings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author created an astounding world and took on the idea of time travel with a completion that few can. He managed to bring things full circle in a way that made sense, as well as not leaving any obvious loose ends.

The writing style was definitely different and it took a few chapters to get used to. It was direct and to the point. Most of the action was told through dialogue which is something that, when used in the right place, can really amplify a story. However, I felt that in certain places more description was needed. We get a moderate amount of description when it comes to major settings, but that was about it. Without description, the reader also fails to connect with the characters on an emotional level; so while I was drawn to the characters’ stories, I was also able to distance myself when things started going awry.

“The Healer” really is a wonderfully woven tale, and plot is a huge strength of the author. There are certainly some areas to be improved upon, much like any author, but it won’t leave you feeling empty inside.

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Jeffrey G. Roberts’ “The Healer” puts a fantastic new twist on the classic mission to Mars story. Roberts’ compelling writing style features evocative, gritty character dialogues and expressive visual descriptions of life on Earth and at a sophisticated geodesic dome habitat on the stark surface of the Red Planet. The stage is further set when we realize the entire complex of MRS-I sits in the foreboding shadow of the famous mysterious geologic feature known as the Face on Mars.
From this paradoxical starting point, Robert’s unique story takes us on an adventure through space and time, presenting thought provoking plot twists and character decisions. “The Healer” is a wonderfully written, intriguing journey that breaks new ground in storytelling and takes the reader into unexplored territory of life in the universe. Bravo!


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As I am relatively new to reading books in the sci-fi genre I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was not only intrigued by the developing plot in The Healer, but also increasingly curious about the characteristics of Dr Reginald Cully. The story, which does jump around a little and so demands strict attention from the reader, Incorporates a mixture of time travel, investigations of the planet Mars in the future and the discovery that Martians not only existed, but used time travel. There are religious elements to the storyline which are written in sympathetically. Overall it is an entertaining read which will make you think – what if?



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