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Publisher's Summary

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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Horror that is gripping

Horror that is gripping. Uses spiritual warfare as a springboard to a tale that acts as metaphor for the real thing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • GrandmaG
  • Kinnelon, NJ, United States
  • 12-28-11

Brilliant! Loved it!

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!

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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story is ok, but narration could be better

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Narration could be better.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Stechschulte?

no

Do you think The Oath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no

Any additional comments?

did not know anything about this author, but this was a christian based story, so if you're a non-religous person, I would skip this story.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • KJ
  • CO, United States
  • 09-22-11

Frank Peretti did it again!

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!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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It was an okay read.

What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

I had no complaints about Toms Stechschulte's narration. Seemed fitting for a mystery/crime solving type of story.

Any additional comments?

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.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Good for a rainy day.

I have read this book many times as a kid, and enjoyed the story and moral lessons. I bought this on audio so my wife and I could listen to it on a cross country roadtrip. We enjoyed it, but, admittedly it was a struggle to finish. And here is why:
The narrator has a great voice for the "reading" portions of the book, deep and resonant, and he also does well as almost any male character. I would absolutely listen to another one of the books he narrates. However, and not to be nitpicky, but anytime he tries to do an emotional female voice, the going gets painful. You basically just want every woman in the story to die, immediately, so that you dont have to listen to "the hoarse screeching".
Second, while Mr. Frank Perreti has a great plot to unfold, and I love his approach to the retelling of Christian morality, I'd say about 1/4 of the book is repitition and absolutely uneccesary. He reiterates his points over and over. This is a fiction work, not theological doctrine. Adult readers will definitely have moments of trying to urge the plot forward, and question if they just had dejavu.
All that said, still a decent book, and worth the listen/read. Especially if you are between ages 12-18.

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Pseudo-Christian themes

I love a great creature feature, but this was a heavy-handed attempt at forcing pseudo-Christian values on horror readers. Proselytizing and disappointing.

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Wonderful Tale

Peretti continues his fight against the demons of evil. His belief in the power of good ( Jesus) to assist is in overcoming evil is an endearing quality I never tire of. A great story - I'm so glad I found it.

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An absolute must listen story...

Very well written and masterfully read account of the battle between good and evil and the impact it has on us all.

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The worst ending since "Lost".

Would you try another book from Frank Peretti and/or Tom Stechschulte?

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!

Has The Oath turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will look more into the author before choosing to read a new author.

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very good voices. You knew which character was speaking just from his voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, I think this would be more of a Christian propaganda film.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 02-02-13

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!