Interesting Hubbard fantasy about a tramp, Doughface Jack. Jack is a bum who lives off trains and wanders about looking for the basic necessities of life. However this day, in escaping the law and running from a sheriff, he has an accident. An accident that nearly kills him but thanks to an old country doctor who knows a thing or two of surgery, puts his left and right hemispheres together and tops it off with a silver bowl. This somehow creates a man who puts out “meta rays.”
If Doughface is happy, people around him get cured of illnesses, the old become young again. But if he glares at you in anger or fear, you’re dead!
Interesting that through most of the story Jack is completely unaware of what he can do although others are certainly aware. Jack wanders about New York, starts accidentally killing animals, then the majority of New York’s finest. Not sure what to do, he cures a blind woman who can now see, is young and strong, and seeks revenge on those who wronged her.
She easily cons Jack into following her lead and soon she uses him as a weapon to take over the US government! What will the good doctor do now?
Typical pulp fiction of the day, but not just a story of power corrupting absolutely but with power, properly applied to help others, can perform miracles. A two-edged sword that keeps you guessing how this will end.
Recommended. Love to hear how the audio version of this sounds.
Where can I buy this?
Try these Amazon links:
Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/2CA6Wip
New Edition Compilation: https://amzn.to/2Sg5TJN