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The Talisman Hardcover – 1976

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  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399116966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399116964
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 4.1 cm

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I'm sorry, but it flunks the eyebrow test 19 April 2004
By Tom Butler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
John Godey, who captivated us with "The Taking of Pelham 123," stumbled in this tale of disgruntled veterans stealing the remains of the Unknown Soldier. The book seems to be a chain of 1960s stereotypes of radical lefties, coniving policians, gun-happy residents of Cape Cod (Mr. Godey was not taking gentrification into account) and militant feminists. I'm sorry, Mr. Godey, but I cannot suspend disbelief long enough to believer that Wrightstown, New Jersey is a hotbed of left-wing militancy, that a presidential adviser would take into account the opinions of the American Nazi Party when formulating a decision, or that a rogue investigator would successfully gain the necessary evidence to solve a criminal case by threatening to rape a mother in front of her son. I think Mr. Godey should have stayed on the subway.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Could have been worse... naaaaaah. 7 May 2003
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: Hardcover
John Godey, The Talisman (Berkley, 1976)
Way back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I read John Godey's The Snake. Well, I read part of it. I thought the parts about the snake wandering around central park threatening people were bang-up, but the rest of it was rather boring. Now, some twenty-odd years later, I decide to give Godey another try to see if he's as good (and as inconsistent) as I remember.
At least where The Talisman is concerned, the answer is a solid "no" on both counts. Godey's tale of disenfranchised Vietnam vets kidnapping the Unknown Soldier could, in theory, be more unexciting than it is. I don't know how off the top of my head, but I'm sure if William J. Coughlin had written it, it would be worse than this.
On second thought, no, I don't think so. I guess there's a reason people still remember The Snake and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three while this book has faded into much-deserved obscurity. (zero)
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