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An ancient sin. A long forgotten oath. A town with a deadly secret. Something sinister is at work in Hyde River, an isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Something evil. Under the cover of darkness, a predator strikes without warning--taking life in the most chilling and savage fashion.The community of Hyde River watches in terror as residents sudAn ancient sin. A long forgotten oath. A town with a deadly secret. Something sinister is at work in Hyde River, an isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Something evil. Under the cover of darkness, a predator strikes without warning--taking life in the most chilling and savage fashion.The community of Hyde River watches in terror as residents suddenly vanish. Yet the more locals are pressed for information, the more they close ranks, sworn to secrecy by their forefathers' hidden sins.Only when Hyde River's secrets are exposed is the true extent of the danger fully revealed. What the town discovers is something far more deadly than anything they'd imagined. Something that doesn't just stalk its victims, but has the power to turn hearts black with decay as it slowly fills their souls with darkness....

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The Oath Reviews

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-01-23 04:27

    Frank Peretti, The Oath (Word, 1995)I got this a few years back from my mother as a Christmas present. I pointed out to her that Peretti is widely known as a Christian author (one would think that the book's publisher, who also releases books by folks like Billy Graham, would have been a giveaway there), and her response was "it certainly doesn't sound like Christian fiction. It sounds like Stephen King." And Frank Peretti is, without doubt, the Christian version of Mr. King, both in subject matter and in sales figures that make the rest of the publishing industry quake in fear. One thinks that when Frank Peretti grows up, he wants to BE Stephen King. And with The Oath, he comes very, very close.There's something very large, very nasty, and very hungry hanging around near the town of Hyde River. When it kills and half-eats an outsider, nature photographer Cliff Benson, Benson's brother Steve starts poking around. As he gets closer to the identity of the killer, however, he finds out that the town doesn't necessarily want to find out what killed Cliff Benson-and may go to great lengths to stop Steve from doing so, either.Good, scary, keep-you-up-at-night stuff. And for the first four hundred pages of this five-hundred-odd page book, that's what it remains. The only thing during this portion of the book that keeps Peretti from achieving the standard of writing set by horror authors like Stephen King and Dan Simmons is that Peretti isn't quite as good at writing his minor characters; as with a lot of lesser lights in the horror genre, Peretti sets up some of his minor characters with the "I'm going to die in a few pages" signs on their foreheads and then leads them to their grisly ends. (For the record, at least Peretti's minor characters usually stick around for a while, and do have some other function aside from dying.) There's no real life in them the way there is in Peretti's major characters. And while this makes the book suffer, it's a forgivable thing, especially when the book is as fast-paced and readable as this one is.Also in those first four hundred pages, before I start firing off criticisms at the end, Peretti does a great job with his symbolism and the obvious points he's trying to get across. Let's face it, you pick up a book by a Christian author published by a well-known Christian imprint, you know you're in for an object lesson. And in the first two-thirds of this book, Frank Peretti shows you what the word "parable" means. Everything is low-key, well-done, visible to those who know what to look for. Peretti even takes the secular convention of the local religious nut and bends it to his own ends in a wonderful way; Levi Cobb wouldn't be out of place in almost ay eighties horror novel I've ever read. Had he stayed right where he was and kept going in this vein till the end, The Oath might have hit my top ten reads of the year list.Then everything went downhill... and fast.The book's climax throws everything you just read about above out the window. Symbolism? Subtlety? Well-drawn characters? See you later. Peretti takes the velvet cover off the sledgehammer and starts beating. The message doesn't just become the medium, it overwhelms it. Those of you who have heard me trying to illustrate this particular point and haven't been able to follow what I'm talking about, read this book. You can see both good socially-conscious writing and bad socially-conscious writing in one fell swoop, and because you're still in the same story, it becomes obvious which is which.Peretti's already got the skills to be a major player in the field, and judging from the first four hundred pages of The Oath, he's already better than most of the competition. Now, if he'd take a few tips in parable writing from authors like Madeleine L'Engle or Francois Mauriac, he could turn sales of two million copies into sales ten times that, and get his message across to secular readers as well-for isn't that the whole point? **

  • Craig
    2018-12-25 05:22

    I found this book at a campsite in the mountains of Wyoming...expecting it to be a horror novel about murder in the mountains.... Turned out to be a horror novel with an evil monster lurking in the mountains. Needless to say, when I got to the end, all of the pages were ripped out. So I had to wait until the next day to go to the library to finish the last fifty pages. Damn that mountain man that used the ending of the book to keep the fire alive...

  • Klasko
    2019-01-16 06:06

    This book proves that Frank Peretti is the Stephen King of Christian fiction. I think I read this one in about a day and a night. I was worthless for the whole time I was reading it because I couldn't put it down. I read it while my husband was away on a business trip and then I wouldn't put it down until I finished it because my imagination about what might happen next creeped me out more than continuing to read it. So I read it until moving into the larger of the wee hours of the morning. All the while, with every turn of the page I wanted to scream at the characters, "No!!! Don't go there!" But they did.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-29 23:20

    None of the reviews I’ve seen attempt to judge Oath on its merits as a thriller—only as a Christian thriller. I find this insulting and sad. The implication is that it is unfair or irrelevant to weigh Christian cultural/artistic efforts on the same scale as secular culture. This is akin to saying that it is unfair to judge art produced by women by the same standards as art produced by men; it’s patronizing and wrong. Bach wrote sacred music of enduring power and beauty—suck on that, Jars of Clay. The devotional poems of John Donne or Saint John of the Cross resonate with visceral passion and energy. Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings radiate the terror and fascination of sin. Their genius isn’t just Christian genius, though; it’s genius, period. Their work stands as tall on its artistic merits as its spiritual ones. In fact, I’d argue that their artistic value increases their spiritual worth, because one doesn’t have to be a believer to appreciate them. The Hallelujah Chorus can fill an inveterate atheist with religious awe. My guess is that Frank Peretti converts about as many non-Christians as Ann Coulter converts Democrats.So, judged on its merits as a thriller, Oath is dreck. The prose is abysmal—plodding, repetitive amateur hour, drained of suspense. Oath is full of clunky passages like “Tracy Ellis didn’t want to answer that question. ‘I’m not going to answer that,’ she said.” As the spooky story it attempts to be, this book is a cheap house of horrors with the lights on. You see all the mechanical devices that are supposed to pop out and startle you from a mile away. Peretti’s description of the protagonist falling for his lady-friend is particularly excruciating. Peretti seems incapable of displaying attraction as anything but sleazy. No wonder so many of his Christian readers are disturbed by his descriptions of sin! His supposedly decent character’s “impure thoughts” are creepy and gross. For those that still cry foul, who argue that Oath is still somehow worth my while despite being objectively awful, I must add that theologically, Oath is also, sadly, dreck. One doesn’t have to read past the introduction to find this out. In that introduction, the author reveals his inspiration and purpose for writing this book. He was judging some friends of his for their sinfulness, but alas, he did not judge them loudly enough, and they sinned even more. Peretti wrote Oath so neither he nor his readers would ever again tragically miss an opportunity to judge their friends and neighbors. It’s just like Christ said: “Judge not, lest ye become a New York Times bestselling author.”Of course, the insular, self-righteous un-charitablity extends beyond the introduction. I could write a thesis on the many ways in which this book gives Christianity a bad name. Stereotype one: religion reinforces misogyny: check. In this book, women separated from their husbands lose sanity and personhood. They are frantic, irrational agents of unfocused destruction who must be controlled through marriage to a strong-willed man. I wonder how single gals Mary and Martha or their best pal (Jesus) would feel about that. Stereotype two: religion cannot co-exist with rational thought: check. Are we not all sick of this yet? The titular oath is a pact to make Reason a small town’s only God. Cue the hysterical fears about godless scientists and public schoolteachers now, folks. Fortunately, Peretti had the spiritual integrity not expose himself to any of that dangerous Reason in his research for this novel. He mentions it, but he and his characters seem blissfully innocent of what it actually is. Stereotype three: Christians are judgmental hypocrites: check. For a man that professes to worship a loving God, Peretti evinces great relish as he dooms sinner after sinner to a horrific terrestrial death followed, one assumes, by eternal suffering in hell. Is a lake of fire that burns but never consumes not enough for this guy? Why must his sinners also be punished, horribly, all out of proportion to their actions, here on Earth? That doesn’t sound like Christianity to me—it sounds like fascism. Peretti is genuinely unwilling to engage with ideas that oppose his own. He can’t conceive of a charitable humanist, even though charity is the cornerstone of humanism. He doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously because he doesn’t take non-Christians seriously. How can he persuasive if he doesn’t understand that against which he argues? Like his own protagonists, he can’t really see the monster he’s trying to fight.In Romans, the apostle Paul writes that God gives each of his children different gifts. It is not my job to judge the state of Peretti’s soul. In judging the state of his art, however, I have to hope that his spiritual gifts lie elsewhere. And to any Christians out there whose consciences don’t allow them to consume secular art, and whose tastes don’t run to seventeenth century devotional poetry, may I recommend Steven King’s The Stand? It’s a Christian thriller, I swear—about the end of times, no less. And it’s, you know…good.

  • Werner
    2019-01-12 01:02

    Peretti is generally viewed as the dean of supernatural fiction writers in the commercial "Christian fiction" market (which he was largely single-handedly responsible for opening up to this genre). Although I haven't read any of his other work, I'd be inclined to say that he deserves his stature in the field. His characters (at least, in this novel) are utterly believable, fallible people; his plot is gripping, and perfectly paced; the Oregon mountain setting is well-drawn (the author makes his home in Oregon, or at least did at the time of this writing); and he writes with genuine psychological and spiritual insight.It will not constitute a spoiler to reveal this much: the 19th- century founder of Hyde River, Benjamin Hyde, was a Satanist, who persuaded the townsfolk to bind themselves in a satanic pact; and the devil's physical presence continues to be embodied in a huge dragon which (unbeknown to outsiders) still haunts the area. The symbolism Peretti employs here resembles, in some ways, Hawthorne's in "The Bosom Serpent;" but the scale here is grander, the novel-length treatment allows for fuller plot and character development, and the much more lethal menace of the reptile here makes for far greater dramatic tension.

  • Alexandra Swann
    2019-01-19 04:24

    I love this book. I read it many years ago right after it first came out, but for me it remains the quintessential classic Christian fiction. Peretti's dragon is a great analogy for how sin blends in around us and works almost unseen until it devours us.In my opinion this book is Frank Peretti's best work--and I have read a lot of his books. Great storytelling with a great message.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-27 03:18

    This is a fictional story that addresses the very real sin that dwells within each of us. The first 1/3 of the book is very interesting; then, as I read it, I found myself falling asleep through the next 1/3. But the last 1/3, when all the ends start tying up and the pieces fall into place, I literally could not but the book down. The author did an excellent job describing the mountainous area in which the story takes place. I felt like I was really there. His style of dialogue was o.k. A tad stereotypical. There are a few scenes that are gory and one that is sensual but Peretti did a good job with describing just enough of what was going on and then letting your imagination fill in the blanks. When I first read this book, I was a young teenager and too distracted by all the excitement to grasp the message. I just finished reading it a second time last week. What I missed those years ago was a good reminder for me now: take care of your sin, no matter how old or hidden it is, today. You don't know if you will have tomorrow.

  • Faith
    2019-01-11 03:06

    There is a little bit of everything in this book. A bit of romance, action, mystery, thrill, fear, and of course a good moral & lesson in the end. I was able to read this novel for hours and never grow tired. Frank Peretti has never disappointed me yet with his novels and is one of my favorite authors. His stories are comtemporary and extremely addicting. This is the first books I read by him. I was about 13 or 14 when I first read this book. I saw it on my parents bookshelf and wanted to read it because the artwork on the cover was so mysterious I wanted to be able to place a story behind that picture.

  • Marie Sexton
    2018-12-29 03:31

    I don't know how I ended up with this book on my shelf, but I'm a fan of horror and monster stories, so I obviously picked up a used copy somewhere along the way. I wish it had been MARKED as Christian fiction. It wasn't. (Not the edition I own, at any rate.)The book started out okay. The prose was tedious, lots of telling instead of showing, but it wasn't all bad, so I kept going. Wasn't until the third act that it became clear it's all about being saved. Find Jesus, y'all, or a dragon will eat you! I guess I'll give it two stars instead of one, because I did make it 2/3 through before I started skimming.

  • Michael Huxley
    2018-12-27 00:11

    The first half of the book really was quite good and hooked me pretty fast. Then things started getting preachy (I didn't realize Peretti was a Christian author). Stripped of the religion, this could have been a very good book. There were some other complaints I had - namely, characters start acting erratic and oddball with no real explanation or reason. I will say, if you're a fan of Horror and Christian authors, you'll really enjoy this, I do give Peretti credit as a good writer, where things weren't too preachy, the story was quite enjoyable.

  • Toi Thomas
    2019-01-07 04:22

    This book is not what I thought it would be, but I liked it. The Oath tells the story of a town with so many secrets that people are beginning to die because of them, but maybe this has been going on for a while. At the beginning of the story it is a stranger from out of town who’s the victim of a horribly violent death that begins to bring light to the existence of the Oath. The Oath itself is a little difficult to grasp, but it seems that the people of this town have collectively decided to do whatever they want at any time and never speak of it, proudly defying the notion of consequence or sin. As everyone knows, no secret is kept forever and in Hyde River, the silence has manifested itself with terrifying results. This book was a short and easy story to traverse. The imagery was in-depth, but not wordy. I felt as if the whole story was delivered in a matter-of-fact kind of way, as if the author was telling you the story at your house over coffee. I think what I liked best about the book was how real it seemed. I’m pretty sure I’ve been to that small town on more than one occasion. A place where people point the finger at one another, but never actually says anything.From a fantasy perspective, the physical manifestation of sin is one of the scariest monsters I’ve come across in a while. I was intrigued by the hunting sequences and the whole predatory and prey struggle. There is absolutely nothing vulgar about this story, but it does touch on many sensitive subjects such as: infidelity, substance abuse, greed and pride, and more. Me being me, I also liked the spiritual aspects of the story. This is definitely an adult read, but while younger children may not be able to understand the imagery or handle the dark elements, and some teens may not be able to grasp the maturity of some themes, I think this is good story for anyone.

  • Lynai
    2019-01-06 07:16

    Ah, Frank Peretti, you did it again! Review coming up.EDIT: Here are my thoughts on this book:Frank Peretti is love.He is one of my most favorite authors when it comes to Christian fiction. I have read and loved The Darkness Set, especially Piercing the Darkness, while Prophet is waiting to be read in my shelf. The Oath is a gift given by my dear husband last year (a little trivia: Gian is a Peretti fan too. He gave me a copy of This Present Darkness as his first “courtship” gift, haha) but it is only recently that I was able to read it. This is one of my required readings for April but wedding planning and the wedding itself got in the way of my reading, so to speak, I was only able to finish this on the first week of May. As for writing the review, I only got to post this today, for exactly the same reasons.Now on to the sort-of-review, which is actually more of a raving.The Oath is a thick book, somehow its size had intimidated me. The first few chapters were a little bit dragging but the pace picks up gradually halfway through and the suspense just keeps building until it finally ends with a very powerful resolution. Despite its thick volume, this book is a very engaging read, especially for me who always love a good mystery story.But more than just a story of suspense and mystery, The Oath is actually about sin and Peretti, in his ingenuity, decided to give a tangible form to it. In his Introduction in the book, Peretti started with this line: “Sin is the monster we love to deny.”Continue reading.

  • Ashley Bogner
    2019-01-10 06:07

    Really good. Really creepy, but really good.I won't say too much, since this book is hard to explain without giving spoilers, but I will say thatThe Oathis a deep, thought-provoking novel with a theme that sticks with you long after you've read the final page. It's creepy, as in don't-read-before-bed creepy, and is definitely not a fun, light read. But I love how Frank Peretti isn't afraid to include overt Christian themes in his books. *Content Note: two characters have sex outside of marriage (nothing graphic is described), but it is made clear that doing so was wrong. There are also a few references to affairs and prostitution.

  • Beata
    2018-12-30 05:03

    Definitely one of my all time favorite books! I love F. Peretti's writing style! Usually his books have me captivated from the very first chapter and keep me captivated even late through the night (Something I really try not to do for my family's sake. Mommy-zombie is someone I try to avoid to be at all costs!). This book has all I love in a good suspense book: ancient mystery, supernatural stuff, realistic setting and characters, a great Christian message and even … a dragon!

  • Aubrey
    2018-12-27 05:21

    "I expect my story will be largely ignored by those who come after me, but who knows? It just might prove useful to the next hapless soul who suspects he's being followed, marked, and hunted. After all, we all live in Hyde River. We all have our dragon..."I admit I'm not sure what I think of this story. On one hand, it's definately an interesting analogy. Although it doesn't really play in until the late second half, the analogy came together well and it makes a good mental picture of sin and it's power. As I'm a sucker for thrillers, once the story finally had my attention, it pretty much kept my attention. I read it in 2 days. Now, I started The Oath 4 different times over the years, and I felt that the beginning and ending were drug out longer than nessisary. I wanted to give this a 4 star rating. But, I'm sorry, I just don't see why sex has to be pronouced like this in a Christian novel. Yes, it's suppose to be realistic, but it's the authors job to control the imagination of the reader, and I see absolutely nothing pure or edifying to gain by giving the details he did. Is this our standard for Christian reading?No, there was not very much sexual content, but I think I should be able to pick up a book from a mainstream Christian fiction author (not an only-by-mouth "Christian"- an author that writes novels that have a good message and ending involving Christ's light overcoming darkness; Frank Peretti, for example) and not have to discourage my 15 year old brother from reading it because of the sexual refrences. Hence, the 3 star rating.

  • Savannah
    2019-01-17 02:16

    I really enjoyed this book, it was a pretty great thriller that kept me thinking.It didn't read as fast as I would have liked, it did take me a little while to get through it, but it's also a nice chunk of tree to put on ones bookshelf, so I suppose that makes sense.It certainly does a good job of keeping you on your toes and your heart racing, especially in the beginning and the last half. I mean, the hero is hunting a freaking invisible being that marks people in a way that causes them to go crazy, and then eats them!It starts out with this woman running hysterically through the woods until she is discovered by a logger, and she attempts to attack his truck. Her husband has just been killed in a most gruesome way and the police are trying to pass it off as a bear, but as one very special small towns secret's begin to emerge some are speculating that it wasn't a bear at all. But just what was it?That's where it begins to get really interesting.From attempted murders and ancient oaths, to tracking a beast that just might be tracking you, The Oath is an excellent, thrilling story.On a more philosophical level, the story is an excellent allegory of how sin "eats us". It really gives you reason to think about your own life, and how you're living. Definitely made me re-think some things.

  • J.S. Bailey
    2019-01-10 02:14

    "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup." All silliness aside, I like how Peretti used the dragon as a metaphor showing how we can be enslaved by our sins. And the townspeople made me so mad! They were too stubborn to change their ways even though it was clear that they were going to (view spoiler)[be eaten (hide spoiler)] if they didn't. Which makes me wonder: how many of us are like that in real life? Now I'll have to chew on that for awhile...

  • Lori
    2019-01-17 03:20

    It was a fast paced story and a good reminder of how sin can get it's hook into our heart. This would make a great movie with an opportunity for awesome special effects!

  • Anne Hawn Smith
    2019-01-14 02:27

    This was one of Peretti’s best. The plot centers on the effect of evil on the human soul. Professor Steve Benson, comes to the town of Hyde River because his brother, Cliff, has been killed by some enormous animal that seems to defy description. It is assumed that he was mauled by a bear, but Steve, with a Ph.D in Biological Science and a professorship at Colorado State University teaching environmental science and biology, is not satisfied. He and the conservation officer of Fish and Game manage to kill the rogue bear thought to have been large enough to inflict the damage, but are very unsatisfied with the findings of the post-mortem of either Cliff or the bear.As the plot develops, it appears that there is more wrong than just a habituated bear. The town is full of mystery and people are united against any outsiders. There seems to be a conspiracy of silence and actual hostility towards Steve. The only one helping is the attractive deputy, Tracy Ellis. She grew up in Hyde River but seems to have some objectivity about troubles in the town, and she doesn’t believe that it was a bear that killed Cliff Benson.What has happened to Maggie Bly, wife of Harold Bly? Why does Bly have so much control of the people of the town? Why is there such a concerted effort to mislead and drive out Steve Benson? What is the oath that the people of the town took more than 100 years ago, and what does it have to do with Cliff’s death? What are the ominous, dark, oozing sores that appear over the hearts of many in the town?What follows it the depiction of evil and what it does to a people. Steve learns about the evil that resides in his own heart as he gets closer and closer to the evil in the town. The pace is fast and keeps the reader involved in the chase while Steve desperately tries to find meaning in the evidence that seems to go against everything modern society seems to consider normal.

  • Riss
    2019-01-04 06:19

    I've never read Frank Peretti's stuff before and had no idea he was a prolific Christian author, so when I got a mouth full of Jesus in the middle of a book about a dragon who eats a bunch of people, I wasn't happy. The book was shelved in the horror section! Heavy-handed bible beatings never came with bigger surprise before I picked up The Oath. I think I still have the concision years later, actually. It's not a bad read, I guess. The suspense will probably keep you turning pages, and the gory scenes are detailed enough to satisfy typical Stephen King fans. There were hints here and there about the overarching Christian theme, but I don't have any inherent problems with that. Biblical allusions can be sweeping, lyrical, beautiful. What I DO have a problem with is PREACHING. The Oath has the subtly of a cross shaped jackhammer drilling holes in your head. You can hear the creaking of Peretti's finger as he wags it at you, the VERY SINFUL READER. Are you a woman? He wags that finger extra hard if you are.Beginning of the third act is where things get really uncomfortable. It'll dawn on you that the author is punishing these characters via dragon teeth because his message is Love-Jesus-Or-Get-Eaten-By-A-Dragon. I'm not unconvinced this isn't some kind of really long, elaborate joke. After I finished reading the damned (ha ha) thing, I reread the summary. Did I miss the "this is Christian fiction. Maybe don't buy it if you aren't into that kind of thing" disclaimer?...Nope! Nada, at least not in the edition I had. Unless they expected me to read the book reviews.I think this book might have tried to sneak save me?

  • Rain Ferrul
    2018-12-30 23:02

    Hrm...Let me just begin with the fact that I was not happy with this book. It began well. It had a very enveloping premise and I poured through half of it in half a school day (yes, it was so engrossing of a beginning that I read it during class). However, I was thoroughly disappointed with the climax. Do you mean to tell me that the heart of this supposed thriler/mystery is this demonic embodiment of sin in the form of a black draconic crocodilian? And do you mean to tell me that all you have to do to become immune to its hold is to confess your sins to Jesus? Okay, I'm not saying I have a problem with Christian thrillers because that would be a poor stereotype. But couldn't there have been a less obviously proselytizing symbol that Peretti could have possibly come up with? It just ruins the flavor of a good novel.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-14 03:06

    Don't get me wrong, I really like Frank Peretti. I've had recordings of him speaking, I've read several of his books. I think The Visitation is an incredibly good book.Unfortunately I can't say the same about this one. I didn't even finish it (I almost put "couldn't finish it", but I suppose I could have forced myself. It just didn't seem worth it.). I found the story itself somewhat at fault. This might have worked better as a youth book. if I go deeper into why, I'll give the BIG secret away, but it really doesn't work here (I don't think). As I said, maybe this plot device would work better as a youth book.

  • Keiki Hendrix
    2019-01-11 06:10

    Peretti at his best. Deep characters with authentic issues and real resolutions.An absolute must read.

  • Sarah Guthery
    2019-01-04 00:26

    One of my ABSOLUTE favorite books. I try to re-read it every year!!

  • Annamarie
    2019-01-21 02:10

    Very scary.

  • Marcia
    2019-01-16 01:23

    If this was just a book about good vs evil, I may have been able to enjoy it more. But when a dragon gets tossed in the mix, I just had a hard time getting on board with this storyline. I found myself cheering for the dragon and hoping the whole town would be wiped out. Not the response the author was probably trying to achieve.

  • Christina Wilder
    2018-12-27 05:21

    Being part of a Reader's Advisory group with my library means I have to find books to read in certain genres and discuss them with the group. This can mean that I'm forced to find a book I like in a genre I don't enjoy, and when I found out that I had to read a Christian fiction book at our last meeting, I was appalled.Not only am I a staunch agnostic, but I don't like anything overly sentimental or preachy. I thought all of Christian fiction had a boring storyline: someone has the perfect life, then something horrible happens, but they find God and then everything's okay again.I was completely wrong.This stereotype was discussed with the group when we presented our books, and we were pleased to find out that the genre is actually quite vast. Just as science fiction isn't all robots and aliens, Christian fiction isn't all sentimentality and blunt preachiness. With help from a friend and from a Christian fiction fan who knew my taste, I was able to find two books that I enjoyed, much to my surprise.The Christian fiction fan recommended Frank Peretti, who wrote Christian thrillers, a genre that I didn't know even existed. The name sounded like an oxymoron. Christian thriller? I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, so I had serious doubts about the impact that a Christian thriller would have on any horror fan. Still, I was willing to give it a try.I read Peretti's book The Oath, which begins with a woman running frantically out of a forest, brandishing a broken knife, covered in her husband's blood and muttering to herself. It's a surprising opening for a Christian novel, and the story keeps its pace throughout the entire book, with a few lapses. The woman is Evelyn Benson, and as she recovers in a hospital, her brother in law Steve arrives to come to her aid and find out who - or what - killed his brother Cliff.As he delves into the history of the Hyde River, he realizes that there's something sinister about the town, and that who or whatever killed his brother (and is killing other townspeople) is protected by a strange oath. The characters are believable, as Peretti is careful to give them depth when they are in danger of becoming two-dimensional or caricatures. What makes The Oath memorable is its metaphor for sin and how it can numb the sinner. While the overall message didn't resonate with me, the book was interesting and well told.

  • Carlos Bazzano
    2019-01-11 07:12

    Este libro resulta, por lo general, aburrido. En primer término es necesario señalar que el autor se reconoce a sí mismo como un autor cristiano (de hecho es un exponente del sub-género denominado ficción cristiana) de manera que la obra gira en torno al concepto de pecado-falta de fe-redención. Sucede en un pueblo que oculta oscuros secretos y en el cual un ente me misterioso asesina personas. El concepto no es nuevo empero sí que lo es el punto de vista desde el cual el autor aborda los temas tratados.El libro resulta, a pesar de lo atractivo que pudiera resultar la historia, monótono y por momentos sumamente aburrido. La historia no corre con fluidez y se desarrolla con una lentitud que bien recuerda al tránsito en hora pico. La situación cambia en forma drástica en los últimos 4 capítulos volviéndose tan atrapante que me llevó a pensar ¿por qué no se esmeró un poco más el autor e hizo todo el libro así? Méritos han de reconocerse al autor los personajes aunque muy estereotipados (sureños, ultra religiosos, cerrados u duros) están muy bien trabajados, aunque el protagonista está algo más trabajado que los demás. Asimismo, las descripciones son soberbias.El concepto del pecado que ocasiona el mal está acorde con las convicciones cristianas del autor y, si bien quizá no serán compartidas por todas las confesiones cristianas, al menos lo serán por la mayoría. Lo que no me convence es el proceso de conversión del protagonista de ateo/agnóstico a cristiano, ésta está tratada de una manera totalmente superficial, su acercamiento a la fe se da desde una postura que puede decirse intersada, pues la utiliza como si ésta fuera un simple medio para alcanzar un fin.En fin, no es lo mejor que he leído pero alcanza para pasar el rato. La misma tiene como punto alto los últimos 4 capítulos, pero no sé si eso es suficiente para salvar a una novela de casi 600 páginas. No digo que sea un mal autor pero, por el momento he tenido suficiente de Frank Peretti

  • Ezra
    2018-12-31 06:04

    This book was an OK book by my standards. I do believe that it could have been covered in 200 or 300 pages, not the 500+ it was. There were lots of dull moments in this book, places with absolutely no action whatsoever. And the way that God was suddenly put into the book? That's a big don't. I don't mind the aspect of God and sin in books at all, but you can't just say "oh, you need to find God or you are gonna die". If the aspect of God and sin had been put in earlier and more subtly, it wouldn't have been so bad. The only reason why this book has more than two stars is because of the action when it picked up. Although, it took awhile sometimes, the action and horror of it were wonderful. Those are the main parts of the book that I remember. When this book did not have action to it, it was quite dull. And it would go on for chapters at a time. You need a little action in every chapter, not just two or three chapters full of action and then five with just conversation and nothing happening. In the end, this book was not the best book I have ever read. It may be the worst, but I've read so many books that I cannot remember. If you don't mind books with long spaces without action and God suddenly thrust upon you, then knock yourself out with reading it. If you do not, on the other hand, I don't suggest you read this book.

  • Dundee Library
    2019-01-05 03:16

    One of my favorite Frank Peretti books that I’ve read several times, The Oath is a great combination of a thriller, supernatural suspense, and spiritual allegories.Trouble starts in the small, Northwestern mining town of Hyde River, a place that has a big, dark secret that began with the city’s founding fathers. When scientist Steven Benson’s brother is brutally and mysteriously killed on a camping excursion in the hills, Steve comes looking for answers. Unfortunately, he’s asking questions in the wrong place. With the towns’ residents resigned to secrecy by fear and superstitions, and a powerful tyrant controlling the local authorities, getting answers proves almost impossible. The plausible conclusion of a bear attack is overruled by conflicting evidence that points to something much fiercer, bigger, and more unnatural. Exactly what is hiding up in the mountains of Hyde Valley and why are more and more people disappearing? Can Steve and local deputy Tracy Ellis hunt down the predator, or will they be marked as the next victims?Overall, a frightening, compelling, and thought-provoking read.*Although Christian fiction, there are sexual situations that may not be appropriate for younger audiences.