I don't think I had ever listened to a "christian" novel before so this was a pleasant surprise. It was wonderfully visual and gave a new way to think about the world around me.
While this was my first Frank Peretti novel it won't be my last.
It was a good listen. Time well spent is debatable. I think it was an interesting story but I would question some of the ways the author attributes things to demons rather than people but it did make for interesting fiction.
The Angels were my favorite Characters. They provided a different insight into what was going on than what I might have looking at the situation.
Yes the pace was fine.
It was a good listen. I have listened to many other books that I felt were more valuable listens but it was good.
The audio quality on this was not as good as most of the other books I have downloaded from Audible.
I'm a very avid listener of audio books. There are also more reviews under 'Sarah' listed from when I was living in East Patchogue New York
I didn't realize that this book was based on Fundamentalist Christianity when I downloaded it from Audible.com. The story started out just like any science fiction fantasy book and then introduced a Christian component which I was perfectly fine with though I originally thought it was merely a basic good vs. evil type story. Being a C.S. Lewis fan (also of his Christian essays and books) I didn't have any problem with the book until it started to demonized and vilify "Eastern Mysticism". Now many religions and philosophies fall under that umbrella and while it was never specifically stated it insinuated that, among other religions that strive to do good, Buddhism is anti-Christian and even Satanic in nature which just isn't true. Part of the reason I believe that it was Buddhism that was being rebuked is: the importance of meditation, the reference to dragons (described as dragons but written as demons) (which mean a different thing in Buddhism than it does in Christianity) and several other practices I saw misinterpreted and maligned. The book portrayed these aspects in a very ugly light and was often out and out incorrect in what the Buddhist practice is about. Granted, Buddhism is non-theist religion, but it isn't anti-theist. There is a big difference. Western Buddhism often has no problem having God or Christ incorporated into its practices. The 2,500 year old view is to be compassionate to every living thing. Plus meditation is to quiet your mind and the voices so you can be peaceful and keep out negative thoughts/voices. Many Christians use meditation for prayer and to quiet themselves enough to here the voice of God. Meditation can be a form of prayer depending on how it was used. There's also the Three Pure Precepts in Zen and Buddhism: to not create evil, to practice good, and to actualize good for others. Not very demonic in my view. Saving the environment and animals that God created hardly seems to me a heretical or blasphemous act.
The message about God and Christ would have been quite enlightening and influential if it weren't for the Eastern beliefs bashing which really turned me off from the book. If it weren't for that I would have given the book 4 stars **** As it was well written for fantasy writing, and had a decent adventurous story line.
It would have been very easy for them to be a quiet satanic cult under the guise of Christianity which they did cover, but it satanism that uses, always, Eastern 'Mysticism' or religion as its right arm. Again, I would have liked it had it not equated Eastern Religions with Satanism. One's failure to believe in God does not equate being evil. There are many who are moral and ethical who believe different things or incorporate different aspects into their beliefs. Hate is not what Jesus proposed but loving those who may not be awake in the manner in which you think they should.
I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.
I would definitely recommend this Book to others,it is a great listen for everyone.
I don't know that I had a favorite character in this book, I liked most of them.
He does a spectacular job of bringing the characters to life, I am amazed at how many different voices he can do.
Get ready for the fight of your life.
If you are having trouble deciding, I say do it, you won't be disappointed.
I couldn't get past the second chapter. After ever sentence I could hear the reader take a raspy, noisey breath. I was so distracting that I can't rate the book - but I will avoid the reader.
The writing is sophomoric,but the most disappointing is, however, the really poor recording. Jack Sondericker seems to have a talent for narration, but it's overshadowed by low-quality recording (at times I heard pages turning, and continually hear the narrators swallowing between voices).
This is the second book I've listened to by Peretti, the other was
The quality of the recording.
Peretti has a way of making one think. You will never look at your life and the world around you the same way again after reading "This Present Darkness."
With a storyline ripped from today's headlines, Frank weaves a tale within a tale. One story tells us of a newsman & his chief reporter's pursuit to uncover the deadly secrets beneath the surface of their seemingly idyllic town while another much deeper story is occurring unbeknownst to these same main characters. While plodding through the muck of political corruption, cultism, and world take-over, the main characters never realize the battles that spiritual forces are undertaking at all times around them.
The idea that angels and demons are locked in mortal combat around us - sparring for our minds, souls, and welfare is incredible yet Biblically accurate. After listening to this story, you're sure to think of the world in a new way as you listen for the rustling of angels' wings and appreciate the power that protects you through every whispered word, thought, and action that you take.
This book will change your life. Powerfully suspenseful and masterfully written.
Frank Peretti is a great writer who weaves the physical and spirital realms together in an incisive and realistic way. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat!
This book is a blessing from God. It renews one's faith and prayer life! it is the true side of the supernatural. All Christians should read it!
A very good book and the reader did an excellent job. I am looking forward to listening to Mr. Peretti's sequel "Piercing the Darkness"