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The Talisman by [Jonathan Aycliffe]

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The Talisman Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 22 ratings

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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

British author Aycliffe (Naomi's Room) generates some genuine fear in the early chapters of this briskly paced if meandering horror novel, but he reveals too much too soon, rendering the rest of the story anticlimactic where tension should be mounting. After a prologue in which medieval Muslims hide a satanic idol in a soon-to-be-buried Babylonian sanctuary, the action shifts to modern-day London, where Tom Alton, a Mesopotamian scholar, has just taken a job as a British Museum curator. An archeologist friend, Ed Monelli, arrives in town to donate to the museum an extraordinary and eerie statue of Satan, discovered by Ed's archeologist wife shortly before her mysterious death. Tom accepts the gift, though the statue, kept briefly at the Alton home, has troubling effects on his wife, Nicola, and his young stepson, Adam. In dramatically muddled ways, the author introduces elements reminiscent of The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby Adam suffers an unaccountable fall that leaves him mentally and physically precocious and possessed by the devil, while Nicola becomes pregnant with a fetus that grows at supernatural speed. The protagonists, Tom and Nicola, are unconvincing in part because they lack a sense of proportion, as when Nicola, amid all the horrors, objects, "Adam can't afford to miss school." A padded plot that fails to cohere, as well as often trite or hackneyed prose ("The snow continued falling, unaware of grief or happiness"), makes for a book likely to please only Aycliffe loyalists.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the cassette edition.

About the Author

Aycliffe was born in Belfast in 1949. He studied English, Persian, Arabic and Islamic studies at the universities of Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and Morocco and Newcastle upon Tyne. He lives in the north of England with his wife.
--This text refers to the cassette edition.

Product details

  • Publisher : Constable (October 1, 2015)
  • Publication date : October 1, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1085 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 224 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 22 ratings

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John Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars another slice of excellent Gothic horror
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2020
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Ms. K. Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully atmospheric horror story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant contemporary yet classic horror - truly creepy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars sinister, undemanding and enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2018
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Mrs Aly Rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy supernatural thriller from the reliable Aycliffe.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2014
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