The Black Talisman

  • by Richard Storry
  • Narrated by Jake Urry
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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Suspenseful.

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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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Paranormal of the Christian Variety

Any additional comments?

While I totally agree that Christianity is a fun supernatural story, when I go to read paranormal books I hope for a more original idea. If I want to hear about good vs. evil in the form of angels and demons I could travel to certain parts of the USA and listen to folks who actually believe in it. So, while the story wasn't horrible, it certainly wasn't very interesting. The demon itself wasn't compelling - the main description is that he had "big, red eyes glowing in the darkness." It was lazy story telling in my opinion but perhaps it just wasn't for me.

All of that said, Jake Urry does a great job of making me want to listen to a boring and not believable love story between two young bible thumpers. He was great (as always) but not great enough for me to recommend this book to anyone.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Tad B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-28-2016
  • Publisher: Richard Alan Storry