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The Oath

[The Oath] The Oath
by Frank Peretti
Published by Word Books, 1996
400 pages
Amazon.com: paperback, audiobook
Amazon.co.uk: paperback
Recommended by: Ross Pavlac

This is an important book. If you like horror novels (Stephen King, Clive Barker, etc.), then you must, repeat, MUST go out and buy this and read it immediately!

The basic plot can be summarized as The Bridges of Madison County as written by Stephen King. It reads like a typical Stephen King novel, but with a decidedly Christian slant. Quality-wise, it's not as good as King's best (e.g., Salem's Lot), but is better than his more mediocre writings.

The significant thing here is that Frank Peretti's writing skills have dramatically improved! His earlier books (e.g., This Present Darkness) I compare to 1930s science fiction — you read them for the ideas, not for the writing quality. But becoming a millionaire (due to the sales of the Darkness books) and having the time to sit down and work on the craft of writing has apparently had its effect. The Oath is the best horror novel that has been published by a Christian book publisher, and can hold its own with most horror being written today — on the terms and playing field defined by mainstream SF and horror writing.

No, Tolkien it ain't. And it's not necessarily going to be a classic that will be read a hundred years hence. But it's a darn good read, and can be held up to SF fans as an example of a decent fantasy/horror novel written by a Christian and published by a Christian publishing house.

Also note that Word has arranged for the book to appear in at least some Barnes & Noble and SuperCrown bookstores (and presumably Borders as well, though I have not yet seen it in a Borders.) Please — if you buy it, do it through Borders or Barnes & Noble or Crown — this will provide better sales incentive to the mainstream bookstores to carry Christian fiction than if you buy it in a Christian bookstore. A little-known fact is that the reason Christian books don't show up on the best-seller lists is that the best-seller lists completely ignore sales done by Christian bookstores — they don't "count." So, if you buy it at a "mainstream" bookstore, it will impact the publishing industry statistics in a way that buying the same book at a Christian bookstore will not. — and Peretti gets his cut no matter where you buy it.

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