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Deep in a deserted forest, a coven of witches is taken by surprise as they attempt to summon the Dark Lord, Anubin, from the spirit world.
At his Easter camp, young Gilbert Hawkins has an amazing divine encounter. However, as the subsequent years pass, he and his girlfriend find themselves increasingly the subject of demonic visitations. What is the connection between these seemingly isolated events, over 300 years apart? As the angelic forces of good and evil clash, the disturbing nature of the mystery gradually emerges. Can the dark servants of Anubin be prevented from obtaining for him the power he so desperately seeks - the power that comes from the black talisman?
©2016 Richard Alan Storry (P)2016 Richard Alan Storry
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By Natalie @ BookLoversLife on 03-15-17


I loved the way this was laid out!! We get to see 2 separate stories play out, one set in the 1600s and one in the 1980s, both were integral to the plot and worked well. In 1673 a coven of dark witches are barely stopped in time from summoning a dark entity, Anubin. The Talisman they were using is broken into 3 and distributed throughout the world, but the dark forces are intent on getting it back and releasing the Dark Lord!

It's now 1984 and a young boy has a divine encounter at a summer camp, this same young boy grows up and returns to the place where he had his Epiphany! He brings along his girlfriend who is looking to find out about her ancestors, who came from around there. What is her connection to all this?? Things aren't easy and they have to figure out what is happening and how to stop it before it's too late.

Plot wise, it was fast paced and entertaining. Now, while it's pretty religious, I felt like it wasn't preachy religious, which I liked. The author had to bring so much religion into it to make the story come together. There is also lot's of twists and turns which made for a suspenseful and quick read. Both plot and characters were well written and developed and I highly recommend this.

Now Jake Urry was amazing as always! He has such a distinctive voice that is easy to listen to and he really portrays the tone of the novel brilliantly, plus he can sing!! Lol. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and can recommend him as a narrator.

This was given to me as a gift but it is definitely worth a credit. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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By Simona on 02-21-17

Too religious and predictable

I had actually been looking forward to another story by Richard Storry, as I've also listened to The Crytic Lines. However, this book is very different. It kept me wondering - why this change in writing concept?

The Black Talisman is very religious and supernatural - demons, angels and witches and it was too religious for me. It goes back and forth in time and there's nothing new in the concept - you know what's going to happen. It was very hard for me to finish it, and it couldn't hold my attention for long.

Jake Urry is one of my favorite narrators and he was excellent in this book as in many others. I always enjoy his dramatic voice when needed and emotional tones to the characters.

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By TerryHeth on 02-08-17


The story went from the 1800s to 1980s. I'm not big on time changes. But the story of black arts and ghostly goings on was good.
The narrator kept the tone going and was very good.

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By Alison Kelly on 10-26-17

Gripping Story

The biggest plot line of all time has to be the time honoured battle for supremacy between good and evil. Richard Storry explores this compellingly in ‘the Black Talisman’, leading the listener skilfully through his time-layered saga.

This really is unturnoffable - I found myself listening to the denouement into the early hours, using headphones under the duvet so as not to disturb my slumbering partner.

Storry has the enviable quality of being able to alter genre in his writing from book to book; and the style of this story lends itself beautifully to the wonderful voice and delivery of Jake Urry. A gripping story, which I thoroughly recommend!

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