The Forbidden by Frank Tallis audiobook

The Forbidden

By F. R. Tallis
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing 9781605985558
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The Alienist meets The Exorcist in Tallis' novel of psychological suspense, as an ambitious young doctor explores the dangerous border between science and the supernatural. 1873. When the ambitious Doctor Paul Cl├®ment takes a job on the island of Saint S├®bastien, he has dreams of finding cures for tropical diseases. After witnessing the ritualistic murder of a young boy who was allegedly already dead, he is warned never to speak of what he has seen. Back in fin de si├¿cle Paris, Paul's attention turns to studying the nervous system and resuscitation through electricity. Paul is told of patients who apparently died and were brought back to life, claiming to have witnessed what they believed to be Heaven while they lay between life and death. Using forbidden knowledge he swore never to use, he attempts to experience what everyone else has seen, but something goes horribly wrong. When Paul returns to the land of the living, is it possible that he could bring something else back with him, an unspeakable evil so powerful it can never be banished?

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Summary

Summary

The Alienist meets The Exorcist in Tallis' novel of psychological suspense, as an ambitious young doctor explores the dangerous border between science and the supernatural.

1873. When the ambitious Doctor Paul Cl├®ment takes a job on the island of Saint S├®bastien, he has dreams of finding cures for tropical diseases. After witnessing the ritualistic murder of a young boy who was allegedly already dead, he is warned never to speak of what he has seen. Back in fin de si├¿cle Paris, Paul's attention turns to studying the nervous system and resuscitation through electricity. Paul is told of patients who apparently died and were brought back to life, claiming to have witnessed what they believed to be Heaven while they lay between life and death. Using forbidden knowledge he swore never to use, he attempts to experience what everyone else has seen, but something goes horribly wrong. When Paul returns to the land of the living, is it possible that he could bring something else back with him, an unspeakable evil so powerful it can never be banished?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Thrilling. What we have here is a proper scare-your-socks-off horror tale. Tallis weaves real historical figures into the narrative and conjures up fin-de-siècle France beautifully, but his main intention, excellently achieved, is to jolt even the hardiest of hearts.” Financial Times
“If you’re looking for the best in popular fiction, Tallis is well worth seeking out.” Washington Post
“Demonic possession drives the plot of this polished supernatural thriller…Tallis knows how to elicit fear in his readers, with first-rate prose and atmospherics.” Publishers Weekly
“Written in a lightly ornamented style to match its Victorian setting, this is a full-on horror story that grabs us pretty much from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go until it’s good and ready to. For fans of gothic horror, a tasty treat.” Booklist

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by Odin 9/13/2017
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Magic in the stratosphere

Ah, another book given such professional polish as only the narrator Simon Vance can exercise. A thoroughly enjoyable listen as Tallis’s story of magic, exorcism and being possessed. Set in the time period of the 1870s, one is immediately intrigued with a sci fi sense of time without dates. Here we are in a comparatively primal age and with it, his main character, Dr. Clement, seems to be exploring ideas of mortality that were way ahead of its time. By the end, you know that a special kind of Pandora’s Box has been opened and in spite of its gloom and doom reality, there is a glimmer of hope left for the listener to hold onto

Author

Author Bio: Frank Tallis

Author Bio: Frank Tallis

F. R . Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. He has received or been nominated for numerous awards, including the New London Writers’ Award, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Elle Prix de Letrice, the CWA Historical Dagger Award, and two Edgar Awards.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English