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Frank E. Peretti
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The Oath

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  16,779 ratings  ·  625 reviews
Although the sheriff has closed the case, Steve Benson does not believe his brother's death in the mountains is the work of a rogue bear. Teaming up with the sheriff's deputy, Steve sets out to investigate the killing and a series of strange incidents in Hyde River.
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Published 2002 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 1995)
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Craig
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...
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...more
Klasko
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
Werner
Aug 18, 2008 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara
Jun 25, 2007 Barbara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Savannah
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...more
Aubrey
"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...more
Lynai
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...more
Faith
Sep 07, 2007 Faith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
J.S. Bailey
"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...
Alexandra Swann
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.
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...more
Anne Hawn Smith
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
Cait
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
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,...more
Toi Thomas
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
Rachel
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
Rain Ferrul
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Janie Johnson
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...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,...more
Rene
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...more
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...more
Lou
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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)
Beata
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!
Nariman Mohamed
There is no proper word to describe such a book! An amazing thriller fantasy novel that I have read!It's Funny, Horrified, and full of suspense that runs through every chapter and each page, that you feel running through your veins making you thirsty to know 'What's NEXT?!'

The theme of the plot is MIND-BLOWING! When a town is built from a scratch out of Sin, and those who built it thought that the power would always be in their hands and they would never lose- no matter out ! Besides, Every one...more
Sara Wheatley
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.
Lou
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This book is very well written and the descriptions are very detailed making and allows picture the scene. The story is captivating and easy to read. Also the book has a great message and shows the sin in a different way. In my opinion, is the best book by Frank Peretti.
Dorothy Bandusky
This is an absorbing novel; I really enjoyed it. The storyline is intriguing and spooky, and moves along quickly. The plot contains several very unexpected twists. In fact, in one scene, I was sure that just the opposite would happen! If you enjoyed Peretti's other novels, I'm sure that you'll like this one.
Sharon
Good, not great. But it is definitely a well written story which held my interest for the most part.
First half pretty much kept me reading with interest but I did skim read parts from there on in.

Not as good as The Visitation.
Beth
A morality play composed around a horror novel. I found the story rather compelling, and liked the protagonist, but felt preached to by the end. It was OK, and a nice quick read. Might make someone a good beach book.
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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...more
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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.” 1 likes
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