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The prodigy : a novel of suspense
Gansky, Alton.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : ZondervanPublishingHouse, [2001]

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340 pages ; 22 cm
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Patients in a hospital ward are instantly healed.A killer tornado is stopped in its tracks. A dying businessman is cured of cancer. Undeniable miracles are following a rusty station wagon on its journey west. But the person behind them is no charismatic religious figure. He's the six-year-old son of a poor single mother and the possessor of a gift he can't explain. To multitudes, however, Toby Matthews is about to become a New Age messiah--and to unscrupulous opportunists, a ticket to undreamed-of wealth. But one person besides his young mother will see Toby for who he really is. Thomas York, a gifted but searching divinity student, finds in Toby a kindred spirit--brilliant, intuitive, hungry for truth. And as an evil beyond their comprehension unfolds, Truth will become their only weapon against a terrifying enemy unseen by all except Toby.A taut supernatural thriller, The Prodigy probes the influence of the invisible realm on the world around us and the indomitable power of the Light that shines in the darkness.

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Booklist Review

Gansky fashions a winning tale in The Prodigy, about Toby Matthews, a boy with a supernatural talent for healing who flees with his mother from their bleak and luckless Appalachian home. Along the way, Toby's talents are demonstrated, and these are the best scenes of the novel: Toby and his frazzled, exhausted mother come touchingly to life. Then Gansky takes a page or two from Frank Peretti as Toby is grabbed by an unscrupulous radio host and made into a sideshow--an entertaining development, but more predictable. In any case, Gansky's hand is sure.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Demons, greed, and theological questions about wondrous healings and miracles intermingle in this chilling tale of suspense. Gansky, a clergyman who most recently wrote Distant Memory, combines a flair for atmosphere with supernatural events that will raise a few goose bumps for fanciers of Christian mystery and suspense. In a lonely cabin in the hills of North Carolina, an unwed teenage mother gives birth to a son, Toby. The tension builds as he evinces an unusual intelligence that belies his heredity and environment. Strange things occur when he is six years old, Toby walks down a hospital corridor, and patients are suddenly healed; he speaks to a tornado, which dissipates; he diagnoses physical and mental ailments with just a glance. It's not long before a popular radio talk-show host seizes on Toby as a potential gold mine, and things spin out of control as the boy is cast as a Messiah figure. Despite the intriguing story line, there are some glitches and occasional clich?s. Toby's mother is transformed from hillbilly to polished sophisticate in only a year and a half, which is a bit of a stretch, although Gansky is careful to note that she still shows traces of her previous life. The novel disintegrates slightly in its second half, ending with a predictable showdown between the villains and the good guys. Despite these flaws, however, Gansky's credible thriller should gain him some new fans. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Six-year-old Toby Matthews is a prodigy. He intuitively grasps the way things work and constantly amazes his mother, Mary. Her problems start when she takes Toby to the hospital after his finger is smashed in a car door. The doctor is stunned at how quickly Toby's finger seems to be healing, and when Mary takes her son and slips out through a patient wing, Toby heals the sick people just by walking down a hallway. This "miracle" brings the boy to the attention of Richard Wellman, an unscrupulous radio host who sees Toby as a New Age "Messiah" and his ticket to money and power, and Thomas York, a divinity student who sees God as a philosophical challenge and Toby as a case study. As a supernatural creature stalks Toby, Thomas discovers the depths of a faith he didn't know he had as he teaches Toby about Jesus and the Bible. Gansky's J.D. Stanton mysteries (A Ship Possessed, Vanished) offer a more spine-tingling, terrifying journey into the supernatural aspects of the Bible, but The Prodigy will appeal to readers awaiting the next Frank Peretti. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.