An ancient sin. A long forgotten oath. A town with a deadly secret. Something evil is at work in Hyde River, an isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. The community of Hyde River watches in terror as residents suddenly vanish. Frank E.
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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 sud An ancient sin. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Oath , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [how many pages are there?
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Jan 23, Robert Beveridge rated it it was ok Shelves: finished , owned-and-gave-away. 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. King, both in subject matter and in sales figures that make the rest of the publishing industry quake in fear. 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 The book's climax throws everything you just read about above out the window. 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?
View all 4 comments. Jun 05, Craig rated it it was amazing. I found this book at a campsite in the mountains of Wyoming 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 View all 3 comments. 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! View 2 comments. I know I am in the minority with that rating.
It was hard for me to get through the middle of this book, it seemed to drag out before the big reveal. Mar 18, Rachel rated it did not like it Shelves: crap. I find this insulting and sad. 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.
Their work stands as tall on its artistic merits as its spiritual ones. The Hallelujah Chorus can fill an inveterate atheist with religious awe.
So, judged on its merits as a thriller, Oath is dreck. The prose is abysmal—plodding, repetitive amateur hour, drained of suspense.
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When the partial remains of nature photographer Cliff Benson are found in the woods near Hyde River, his brother, Steve, investigates the mysterious attack. After finding problems with a theory involving a bear attack, he teams up with local sheriff's deputy Tracy Ellis. As the deaths continue and the townsfolk are pressed for information, they close ranks, under the mysterious "Oath" made when the town was founded. Steve and Tracy grow closer to each other as they peel away the mystery and come face to face with the dark evil behind the deaths. The novel opens with an excerpt from a diary entry from during the founding of Hyde River. Twenty-seven people died that I know of, and I can only guess that the others fled with whatever they could carry away. I could hear the screams and the shooting all night long, and I dared not venture out.