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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?

©2016 Richard Alan Storry (P)2016 Richard Alan Storry

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Different

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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A suspenseful/religious/supernatural horror

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The Black Talisman is a book I've had on my audible list for a while. I started it about 8 months ago, and for whatever reason, lost the thread. Not one to give up (as I know it can sometimes depend on my own mood rather than anything else) I started this again.
Now THIS time, I got into it straight away and found it much more engaging.
The story is based around a supernatural/religious storyline, with a bit of romance for good measure.

What I also like ( in fact what I really enjoy) is the tale is told over two time periods, 300 years apart.
Firstly, we're in the late 1600's. A coven of witches is disrupted deep in the woods whilst performing a ritual to summon a demonic energy. One of the witches is caught and taken to the local Squire. Out of her pocket falls a black talisman. This object is split into three and it's decided it should never be put together again. The three pieces are given to different people to dispose of secretly, so there's no chance of it ever being put together and used in the dark arts again.

So what has this got to do with a young couple in the 1980's?
We meet Monica & Gilbert, friends since childhood and drawn together throughout their lives. Whilst taking part in her interest of genealogy, Monica comes across some interesting and disturbing facts about her family. How though is this all connected?

As the story unfolds, the author intertwines a well thought out and well written storyline. It's just about the right length to keep the listener interested, and not complicated enough that you lose the thread of what's happening. It's an atmospheric read, with a small group of characters. I will just say, the ending did give me a little jolt of: "Well, wasn't quite expecting that".

As ever, the fantastic voice of Jake Urry as narrator helps somewhat in giving this story it's creepy, eerie feeling. It's definitely worth a listen, especially in the dark, cold, murky depths of winter.




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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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  • DubaiReader
  • Holsworthy, Devon, United Kingdom
  • 08-09-17

I loved the narration...

As the last strains of my audiobook fade, I wonder what I just listened to? That was so out of my usual reading sphere that I'm not really sure what I think.
The Black Talisman was a supernatural/religious book, completely different from anything I'd read before and although it's always good to try something new, it doesn't guarantee enjoyment.

As with many of today's novels, it has a current day strand (1984) and a past strand (1673), alternating between the two. More than 300 years ago, a coven of witches met and called up their Dark Lord, Anubin. They were thwarted in their plans by the local priest and his associates; and an icon, the Black Talisman became mislaid. This was required for them to reconvene, but it was split into 3 pieces, each hidden separately by members of the church.
Many years later, two youngsters, Monica and Gilbert, find themselves wound up in some frightening events, caused by the search for this artifact.

I'm not a fan of horror, yet in many ways this wan't particularly scary. Some parts were a bit predictable and the churchy bits were fine, I quite enjoyed the angels' appearances. But at the end, when the author described his image of heaven, he lost me. That struck me as rather unnecessary, I felt that the afterword should have been scrapped.

Special mention for the narrator, Jake Urry, whose descriptions of the food served at a gastronomic supper, made my mouth water.

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Fantastic narration - ok story

This was quite a short audiobook with a mythical, supernatural plot involving demons, angels, witches etc. There were two plot lines, one starting in the early eighties and the other in 1673, which come together in the end.
It was an ok story but never really gripped me. Partly, I think, this is due to the fact that it was too heavy on religion for my taste. I was expecting something scarier and more twisted, but the plot just fizzled out in the end. Much preferred Mr. Storry's debut novel, The Cryptic Lines, to this one.

The narration by Jake Urry was as stellar as ever. His voice is really suited to these dark, mythical stories. But he also did a great job of portraying Monica, the young female protagonist, who sounded very believable. And who knew he could sing as well?!

I chose to listen to this audiobook provided by the narrator and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 15-03-17

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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  • Simona
  • 21-02-17

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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  • Simone K
  • 21-02-17

Paranormal of the Christian Variety

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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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  • Deedra
  • 01-03-17

The Black Talisman

This is a moody, gothic feeling book told deftly by Jake Urry.A coven of witches are interrupted during a summoning.The clergy of that time,300 years ago take action to hide the talisman to summon the demon.How does this have anything to do with a young couple in love in present day?Loved it!I was given this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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  • Christy D
  • 05-02-17

The Black Talisman

This is a story of good vs evil. Deamons vs angels. It was very interesting to think of all artifacts that are found, some should remain where they were put. The story has a very cool reminder how different things were hundreds of years ago. And how closely accurate that part of the story truly was.

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  • Elle Kay
  • 28-01-17

Too Religious

The Black Talisman is only about 5 hours long, but it still took me a very long time to get through it. The first quarter of the book is very religious and continues to be throughout the story, and that isn’t much to my liking. If you’re someone that doesn’t like heavy handed Christian aspects in stories then you probably won’t enjoy this book either. The narrative switches from the past to the nineties, but I didn't find either era to be particularly interesting. I listened to this book in half hour intervals but it never held my attention. I also had no desire to go back and find out what went over my head. I was hoping for some really scary parts with the demons, but I think I may have just missed them when my attention drifted.

It’s always a pleasure to listen to Jake Urry and I highly recommend his narrations. The Cryptic Lines, also by Richard Storry, is a lot more enjoyable than this title

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

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  • jean doe
  • 28-01-17

A Witch Summoning..

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This book was about a Witch Summoning that goes awry.

A group of witches use a summoning spell and the effects are still present 300 years later.

The story line covers a supernatural mystery, witches, and demonic visitations.


Jake Urry did really well with the narration and added to the overall "feel" of the book.

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"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

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  • Nomi
  • 09-03-17

suspenseful mystery

I really enjoy Jake Urry as a narrator and I loved The Cryptic Lines. This is a good supernatural and suspenseful mystery. Though The Cryptic Lines was way better in my opinion, this was worth a read. This author is great at totally surprising you with the ending.

Jake Urry as always did a wonderful job. Very enjoyable.

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

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  • Daman
  • 20-02-17

Paranormal Dark & Fascinating Story

If you could sum up The Black Talisman in three words, what would they be?

Paranormal, Supernatural, Dark

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Jake did an amazing job with his narration as always. His voice invites the listener deep into the story and leads them till the end.

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

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  • April H.
  • 25-01-17

The Black Talisman

The Black Talisman

: Richard Storry


A supernatural / religious / romance that slips timelines between the 1600's and modern time. The protagonists begin as childhood friends and move through their college years. The Black Talisman becomes a suspenseful mystery that they work at solving. After listening to this a second time I picked up on subtle foreshadowing that I missed the first time. The ending will give the listener a lot of things to think about.



The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Jake Urry's voice added to the story keeping me engaged enough to listen twice within a few days time!



"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."