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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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!
"It was an okay read."
I had no complaints about Toms Stechschulte's narration. Seemed fitting for a mystery/crime solving type of story.
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.
"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!
"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!
"The worst ending since "Lost"."
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!
No, but I will look more into the author before choosing to read a new author.
Very good voices. You knew which character was speaking just from his voice.
No, I think this would be more of a Christian propaganda film.
I've purchased this book years ago when it was first printed. I was glad to see Audible with an unabridged version of this story. Thanks.
"A bit of a let-down"
Until the mystery was revealed, I would have sung the praises of this book. It was full of some well-developed characters and a lot of action and excitment. What is killing these people and how can they find it? The narrator was excellent, and the story moved well. I didn't want to stop listening for most of it. But, when the true nature of the creature was revealed, I felt a little disappointed, almost cheated. I will not reveal the secret, and will add that others may not find the answer to be as disappointing as did I. However, once I understood, the story seemed to drag. Steve, the hero in this story, kept forgetting to do the one thing that was at the heart of the success or failure of his efforts, and I found myself trying to TELL him to just DO it. When the climax had been met, the author insisted on an epilog, which only served to provide a bit more delay. I have never read any of this author's books, but I will look closely at the plotline before I dive in again. It is not a bad book or a bad story. As a metaphor, it is an excellent example of how we can lose our way and self-destruct, but I was not looking for a life-lesson. I was just looking for some plain ol' decadant fiction. Oh, well... For others, this may well be an excellent read (listen), and an inspiration to rethink how we live.
"NOT a Thriller/Mystery/Suspense Novel"
This should NEVER have been classified as or come up under a search for anything except "Christian evangelism" or "religion"; this is an 18-hour parable. Peretti is probably well known in evangelical reading circles, but I didn't know him and thought the overall description sounded much like those of secular thrillers/suspense novels, even the part about an "epic tale of good versus evil" (typical book hype that doesn't necessarily indicate a religious story line). I will be VERY skeptical of Amazon/Audible's classifications from now on.
Mr. Stechschulte is a talented narrator; the story benefits from his voice.
Amazon/Audible, please keep the evangelistic titles under "religion" and out of the "thriller" category.
Preston & Child, for example, write great thrillers that make you think about not only good vs. evil, but also how science, human nature, the uncertainties and coincidences of life, and human behavior interact in a complex real world, where good people making the right choices can prevail through their own efforts, without abdicating their personal responsibility to a "higher power" that fixes everything for them when they say the magic words. It's never 100% certain that the good guys will triumph (they don't always, in the real world), and the engaging part of reading the genre is not knowing the exact ending before you get there.
When it becomes obvious that the sole purpose of 18 hours of "The Oath" is to evangelize that sinning is bad and the only way for even good people to triumph is to submit to Jesus, there is no thrill - we all know the ending and the details hardly matter. Yes, the first part of the book has interesting characters and a suspenseful story, but soon one realizes that the entire resolution is going to be "accept Jesus as your savior or go to hell". After that it's just hours and hours of bad guys doing bad things, blah-blah, good people suffering for their beliefs, blah-blah, and (surprise!) a last-minute conversion saves our hero.
Again, caveat emptor - but it is disingenuous on the part of Amazon/Audible when this title comes up under "suspense", "mystery", or "thriller"; this book falls into none of those genres.
"Very suspenseful and great character development!"
The voice narration of the different characters was excellent. They all were so distinct.
Levi Cobb. The town was against Levi because of his strong convictions and faith.
I admire that he stuck to his faith regardless of the opposition.
No, not really. It was very suspenseful though and I wanted to keep listening.
Great book. I would listen to it again.
"good, interesting read, engaging characters."
entertaining but does feel a little dated. like an audio book from the 90's
"a standing ovation for a fantastc book"
fantastic book, fantastic narrator. love the story. it speak to the body mind and soul.
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