National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.
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The narration was very good by Tom Stechschulte. I don't think I would risk reading another Frank Peretti book. I was so disappointed where the book went in the last hour and a half. Imagine a Stephen King book where you are fully engrossed in the story and just when our hero is fighting a monster, he becomes untouchable because he has Jesus in his heart a believes there is a god. Please!
No, but I will look more into the author before choosing to read a new author.
Very good voices. You knew which character was speaking just from his voice.
No, I think this would be more of a Christian propaganda film.
This book was highly disappointing on multiple levels, but the most so was the none-too-subtle Christian message underlying the plot line. It was sneaky at first, but in the end the whole thing hinged on the righteous and being "saved" (no spoilers, but I can say it is the theme). The novel started out somewhat promisingly, and I thought, "Hm, potential Crighton-esque science fantasy, dig it, might be getting good...wait, what's this about the righteous...huh, this seems to be getting more prevalent...oh, crap, really?!, that's where it's going?...yep, that's where it went all right". It's like surfing the radio and catching a pop song, thinking "This is pretty good", then the chorus popping in with "Only God can cleanse you from your sins, kneel before Him, praise His name blah blah"...AND...deflate. I feel duped. Mind you, I have no issues whatsoever with Christianity in itself--I was raised in the Church--but I do not enjoy art with an agenda. If that's your thing, rock on with this book. To those of you with a mindset similar to my own, spare yourself 18 hours of being insidiously preached at.
Something decidedly non-sectarian.
They were all fairly flat and obvious, and not overly likable.
The idea of an undiscovered species had promise. Unfortunately, the direction the author took it sucked the life out of the plot.
I am annoyed at myself for hanging with this for 18 hours of my life. I bought this book to be entertained, not to hear a sermon.
Very good book! I can't say enough about it, I just finished it and am ready to listen to it again! Suspenseful to the last word, a great way to get the point across!
I've enjoyed ALL of Peretti's books, and this is one of his best yet! One of those stories that keep you enthralled and excited to come back to in order to "find out what happened". More, Frank! Narration was great, too!
Two big issues with this book, the first lies in the very preachy, over simplified, endlessly repeated Christian message. The second is that it's not very well written, the story begins well enough but then meanders and repeats for hours. I was very disappointed with this book.
... I should admit that I was a bit of a Peretti fan back in the 80s when he landed with an 'oomph' on the 'Christian Lit' scene. What can I say? I was young and hadn't read (or thought) widely. I am still a devout Christ follower, but frustrated that much of 'Christian Literature' remains shrill and one dimensional. (And in this case bigoted, predictable and misogynistic.)
If you are looking for thoughtful timeless prose, consider Tolstoy or Victor Hugo. You won't find it here.
But the back seat of the drive-in is so lonely without you
The narrator was fine, given some other material, I'm sure I'd enjoy his work. However, the book/plot/preachy nonsense was a waste of my time. I made the mistake of getting this without having researched the author or having read the other reviews from listeners. Most of the story is mediocre, but I continued listening just to get it over with (getting my money's worth, I suppose) and it finally dawned on me what kind of book this was. I ignored the sin/faith bits, not thinking much of it, but as the story unfolds, there's talk of having Jesus in one's heart and how sin is blah blah blah. I'm sure religious folk will love this, however, I've returned it. Not even getting a credit back because this was part of a BOGO sale.
Nothing. I think Audible could do the rest of us a favor and give us a better description or place the book in its appropriate genre.
I'm basically angry and disappointed that christian propaganda is being passed off as regular fiction.
AUDIBLE: please put this book in under a "christian fiction" genre or something? It's offensive to those of us who have personal/ethical/moral reasons for not wanting to have religious garbage rammed down our throats or being tricked into wasting time and money on it.
Potential readers: please be warned, this book is christian fiction. If that's what you're into, cool. If not, DO NOT bother.
I had no complaints about Toms Stechschulte's narration. Seemed fitting for a mystery/crime solving type of story.
Well... I liked the book, and it was okay... I guess my crutch on this read, is that I've already read "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness" by Frank Peretti (amazing books!). Those two books put together amazing stories that balance the dark side AND the light side of Christianity (or lack of). I should add, I really like to read Christian fiction stories that encourage growth as a child of God - with the two prior Peretti books I felt warned and encouraged while reading. I walked away feeling better. Those two books I have recommended over and over again, every time I loan my copies out to friends, they come back raving just as much as I did.
On the other hand, "The Oath" is a mystery/crime story that really seemed to focus heavily on sin alone and paralleled a story of what happens to a community overtaken by sin. This isn't a book that left me wanting to tell my friends about. This books story-line although not terrible didn't seem as well written, and I missed the balance of encouragement of prayer that he included in the books I mentioned before. Although the story was okay, it left more of a feeling of doom and gloom through out the read.
So many books, too little time...
This should NEVER have been classified as or come up under a search for anything except "Christian evangelism" or "religion"; this is an 18-hour parable. Peretti is probably well known in evangelical reading circles, but I didn't know him and thought the overall description sounded much like those of secular thrillers/suspense novels, even the part about an "epic tale of good versus evil" (typical book hype that doesn't necessarily indicate a religious story line). I will be VERY skeptical of Amazon/Audible's classifications from now on.
Mr. Stechschulte is a talented narrator; the story benefits from his voice.
Amazon/Audible, please keep the evangelistic titles under "religion" and out of the "thriller" category.
Preston & Child, for example, write great thrillers that make you think about not only good vs. evil, but also how science, human nature, the uncertainties and coincidences of life, and human behavior interact in a complex real world, where good people making the right choices can prevail through their own efforts, without abdicating their personal responsibility to a "higher power" that fixes everything for them when they say the magic words. It's never 100% certain that the good guys will triumph (they don't always, in the real world), and the engaging part of reading the genre is not knowing the exact ending before you get there.
When it becomes obvious that the sole purpose of 18 hours of "The Oath" is to evangelize that sinning is bad and the only way for even good people to triumph is to submit to Jesus, there is no thrill - we all know the ending and the details hardly matter. Yes, the first part of the book has interesting characters and a suspenseful story, but soon one realizes that the entire resolution is going to be "accept Jesus as your savior or go to hell". After that it's just hours and hours of bad guys doing bad things, blah-blah, good people suffering for their beliefs, blah-blah, and (surprise!) a last-minute conversion saves our hero.
Again, caveat emptor - but it is disingenuous on the part of Amazon/Audible when this title comes up under "suspense", "mystery", or "thriller"; this book falls into none of those genres.
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. It's an exciting thriller about sin and redemption unlike any other I've read. It's not preachy but the message is clear: We are slaves to sin and Satan, but the good news is that God forgives when we repent. Even though I've read it twice and listened twice, I never get bored with it. Tom Stechschulte does a terrific job with the narration.
"Small towns, big secrets"
Similar to the action in "Monster" where you know there is something in the woods, but not quite what or indeed, how badly things will go if you meet it!
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