The Talisman: A Novel

By Stephen King, Peter Straub

The iconic, “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) collaboration among no 1 bestselling writer Stephen King and Peter Straub—an epic mystery a couple of younger boy’s quest to save lots of his mother’s existence.

Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer’s mom frantically moved the 2 of them from Rodeo force to a brand new York urban condo to the Alhambra, a fading ocean hotel and shuttered enjoyment park in New Hampshire? Who or what's she operating from? She is death . . . or even younger Jack is familiar with she can’t outrun loss of life. yet in basic terms he can shop her—for he has been selected to go looking for a prize throughout an epic panorama of risks and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, the place every little thing Jack loves is at the line.

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Of course,” Osmond stated, and his skinny face used to be break up by way of a hideous white grin. “Where is All-Hands’ Village, if no longer at the Outpost street? Can a village fly? Huh? Can a village King_0345444884_6p_01_r1. qxd 8/13/01 1:05 PM web page 119 the line of Trials 119 someway fly from one highway to a different, Stephen? Can it? Can it? ” “No, Osmond, after all now not. ” “No. And so there are barrels all around the Outpost street, is that right? Is it right for me to imagine that there are barrels and an overturned ale-wagon blockading the Outpost street whereas the easiest ale within the Territories soaks into the floor for the earthworms to carouse on? Is that right? ” “Yes . . . definite. But—” “Morgan is coming by means of the Outpost street! ” Osmond screamed. “Morgan is coming and also you understand how he drives his horses! If his diligence comes round a bend and upon that mess, his motive force would possibly not have time to prevent! He will be overturned! He might be killed! ” “Dear-God,” Stephen acknowledged, all as one note. His pallid face went colours whiter. Osmond nodded slowly. “I imagine, if Morgan’s diligence have been to overturn, we might all do larger to wish for his dying than for his restoration. ” “But—but—” Osmond became from him and nearly ran again to the place the Captain of the Outer Guards stood together with his “son. ” at the back of Osmond, the hapless carter nonetheless writhed within the dust, effervescent My Lords. Osmond’s eyes touched Jack after which swept over him as though he weren’t there. “Captain Farren,” he stated. “Have you the occasions of the final 5 mins? ” “Yes, Osmond. ” “Have you them heavily? have you ever gleaned them? have you ever gleaned them such a lot heavily? ” “Yes. i feel so. ” “Do you're thinking that so? What a superb Captain you're, Captain! we are going to speak extra, i feel, approximately how such a very good Captain may produce one of these frog’s testicle of a son. ” His eyes touched Jack’s face in short, coldly. “But there’s no time for that now, is there? No. I recommend that you simply summon a dozen of your brawniest males and that you simply double-time them—no, triple-time them—out to the Outpost street. You’ll be capable of stick with your nostril, to the positioning of the twist of fate, won’t you? ” “Yes, Osmond. ” King_0345444884_6p_01_r1. qxd 8/13/01 1:05 PM web page a hundred and twenty a hundred and twenty THE TALISMAN Osmond glanced quick on the sky. “Morgan is anticipated at six of the clock—perhaps a bit faster. it's now—two. i'd say . could you are saying , Captain? ” “Yes, Osmond. ” “And what may you assert, you little turd? 13? Twenty-three? Eighty-one of the clock? ” Jack gaped. Osmond grimaced contemptuously, and Jack felt the transparent tide of his hate upward thrust back. You damage me, and if i am getting the chance—! Osmond regarded again on the Captain. “Until 5 of the clock, I recommend that you just be at pains to avoid wasting no matter what barrels should be entire. After 5, I recommend you just transparent the line as quickly as you could. Do you know? ” “Yes, Osmond. ” “Then get out of the following. ” Captain Farren introduced a fist to his brow and bowed. Gaping stupidly, nonetheless hating Osmond so fiercely that his brains looked as if it would pulse, Jack did a similar. Osmond had whirled clear of them sooner than the salute used to be even quite started.

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