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 warningtaking life in the most chilling and savage fashion.
The community of Hyde River watches in terror as residents suddenly vanish. Yet, the more locals are pressed for information, the more they close ranks, sworn to secrecy by their forefathers’ hidden sins.
Only when Hyde River’s secrets are exposed is the true extent of the danger fully revealed. What the town discovers is something far more deadly than anything they’d imagined. Something that doesn’t just stalk its victims, but has the power to turn hearts black with decay as it slowly fills their souls with darkness.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Edition description:||10th Anniversary Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.78(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.79(d)|
About the Author
Frank E. Peretti es el destacado autor de Esta patente oscuridad, publicado por Editorial Vida. El y su esposa Bárbara residen en la costa pacifica del noroeste de los Estados Unidos.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow--this book really took me by surprise! I was a bit confused at first how the black oozing marks on people's hearts would connect in with the dragon, but it all made sense by the end of the book.I think that this book would be a bit over-the-top for the non-believer or for anyone who has not yet been overtaken by sin and then pulled out in time to live again, but for those of us who have experienced that type of a close call with the devil, it is very real. I think Peretti's book did a great job of showing how sin can kill and yet how people come to love, defend, and even protect it. I can relate to that very much.I was also struck by the part where the minister was professing today's "just be okay with yourself" religion...oh how that mindset is everywhere today! I thought that the timing of revealing the minister's ideas was perfect. Just when Steve finally realizes that he must turn to God and admit his own sinful nature, the minister starts to profess this new age idea of feeling good about yourself. What a stark contrast!Great book.
Having read Peretti's Darkness books when I was a teen, I knew that his novels can be both captivating and spiritually informative. Because those books were far less allegory in nature and more "what if" accounts, I was not really sure what to think of The Oath when I first picked it up. The talk of dragons and putrid, gaping heart wounds turned me off at first, because it seemed so unrealistic compared to the beyond-the-eye battles of angels and demons from his other books. But as I came to recognize The Oath as merely an allegory of Genesis 4:7, I truly understood the story. This verse reads: "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door." Today's entertaining fixation on darkness (vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and magicians) is dangerous, and parents need to be terribly cautious about what fills their children's minds. If the movie industry and pop-fiction are any indication, our children are being left with very little good upon which to meditate. Lest we forget our duty to "train up our children in the way they should go," and lest we forget the wisdom of Philippians 4:8 ("Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things"), we must step between the darkness of this world and our children's tender, impressionable hearts and guide them in the way they should go. Left with no other alternative but the world's ungodly entertainment, I think Frank Peretti's books can be helpful to teens in these ungodly times, for he not only entertains with his novels, he teaches. I walked away from this book understanding better my own heart, and understanding better the steely clutch sin has on the unbeliever's heart. It made me more aware that without Christ I would be most miserable indeed, serving nothing but the putrid blackness of my own heart. ©2011 E.T.