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The Oath

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  22,290 Ratings  ·  758 Reviews
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.

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
Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Thomas Nelson (first published 1995)
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Robert Beveridge
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 mat
Jun 05, 2008 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jun 16, 2007 Klasko rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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 ...more
Mar 18, 2009 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap
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 ...more
Mar 22, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction, esp. with a Christian orientation
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 ...more
Alexandra Swann
Dec 15, 2011 Alexandra Swann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 12, 2007 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people from the age of 13 to adult.
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 st
Sep 04, 2007 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good Christian fiction
Shelves: alreadyread
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 re ...more
Marie Sexton
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
Ashley Bogner
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 that The Oath is 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 marri
Michael Huxley
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
Toi Thomas
Jun 25, 2013 Toi Thomas rated it really liked it
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 ...more
"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
Jun 06, 2011 Lynai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
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 i
Nov 12, 2009 Savannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 c
J.S. Bailey
Jan 20, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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) 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...
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!
Anne Hawn Smith
Sep 01, 2009 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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 manag ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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,
Apr 09, 2017 Marcia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marcia by: Elise
Shelves: my-library
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
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,
Feb 23, 2015 Riss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2016 Jadyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dundee Library
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 t
Aug 08, 2012 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fairly young at the time I read this, yet I still clearly remember feeling upset and betrayed once I realized it was all an analogy for sin and Christianity, despite the fact that I was still a "Christian" at the time. (I use this loosely - I was Catholic in the way many children in Catholic households are...not quite old enough to develop my own sense of religious belief, yet old enough for the fear of God to be alive and well within me) If only I had grown up with the internet and realiz ...more
Rain Ferrul
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Janie Johnson
Nov 14, 2012 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was not real sure about reading this book due to an attempt to read another from this author that I was unable to finish. It made me just a little leary. I must say though, I was not disappointed with The Oath at all. It is very well written and it had all the suspence, thiller, chills and excitement that I love to read. There were points that I had a hard time putting it down.

I have to say though, if you dont like Christian fiction, then you will probably not like this book as you ne
May 09, 2011 Rene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started this book, I culd not put it down. Mr. Peretti has a wonderful speelbinding novel that is a must read suspense thriller. I would actually give the book 10 stars if I could.
The story takes place in a mining town in the Pacific Northwest called Hyde River. He blends reality with the supernatural for a winning combination. I don't want to give away the main theme, but the Bly Family has a secret they've kept for generations. Now it is about to be exposed. Warning: do not read this bo
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Definitivamente éste es mi libro favorito de Frank Peretti.

Me gusta su estilo de narración porque es bastante descriptivo en cuanto al ambiente y eso te ayuda a imaginarte mejor las escenas y a sentirte parte de la historia.

Y como la mayoría de sus libros, éste se sitúa en un pueblo pequeño, donde hay secretos que los habitantes no quieren que se sepa, y si se descubren pues… (Tienen que leerlo para saber lo que ocurre)
Sara Wheatley
Aug 28, 2012 Sara Wheatley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Peretti expresses such a unique creativity in all his books, but I especially enjoyed The Oath. His telling of people and their struggles within themselves becomes real to the readers. Even with fantastical creatures and impossible events, he makes a connection to every human being and the things that they face. Because at one time or another, we all feel like we're facing a monster. This one just happens to be real.
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With more than 12 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.”

Peretti is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local blueg
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“Sin is the monster we love to deny. It can stalk us, bite a slice out of our lives, return again and again, and even as we bleed and hobble, we prefer to believe nothing has happened. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and empowered to overcome sin...but toying with an animal that is actually toying with us is a sure way to lose part of ourselves.” 5 likes
“SIN IS THE MONSTER we love to deny. It can stalk us, bite a slice out of our lives, return again and bite again, and even as we bleed and hobble, we prefer to believe nothing has happened. That makes sin the perfect monster, a man-eater that blinds and numbs its victims, convincing them that nothing is wrong and there is no need to flee, and then consumes them at its leisure.” 0 likes
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