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The Oath by Frank E. Peretti
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Sep 20, 2012

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The Oath is old fashioned horror combined with a religious undertone of faith and redemption. Oddly enough it pretty much succeeds. The story takes place in Hyde River, a small town deep in the Pacific Northwest that, like so many other small towns in horror stories, is a) cursed, b) full of secretive townsfolk who don't cotton to strangers and c) beset by a rash of deaths and disappearances. As is usually the case, the grieving relative of a victim (in this case Dr. Steve Benson, wildlife biologist) arrives in town and starts to investigate. Benson arrives in Hyde River due to the gruesome death of his brother, supposedly by a grizzly bear. This naturally leads to more deaths, disappearances and romance with a townsfolk of the opposite sex (Tracy Ellis, the local deputy). There is also the usual outcast in the town (Levi Cobb) who, while appearing crazy as a loon, really knows what is (literally) eating the town. It ain't a grizzly.

Despite the jumble of too many horror stereotypes, the characters are likeable and interesting and the creature, while familiar, is still pretty damn cool. The finale is fast paced and exciting, if a bit heavy handed with the religious message. There are some good twists and surprises along the way and the conclusion is satisfying.

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