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The Oath

By: Frank E. Peretti
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
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A brutal killer lurks near Hyde River in the Pacific Northwest. When wildlife biologist Steve Benson is called in to investigate the latest murder, he discovers that the victim is his brother. But why are the terrorized townspeople silent—and unwilling to help?

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 warning—taking 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—it has the power to turn hearts black with decay as it slowly fills their souls with darkness.

  • Standalone Christian thriller with over one million copies sold
  • Book length: approximately 100,000 words
©1995 Frank E. Peretti (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Suspenseful page turner

If M. Night Shyamalan and Billy Graham got together to make a movie, you might have a story like The Oath. There’s creepy suspense and mystery mixed with a message about the toxicity and fatality of sin. Peretti did a decent job making it sound more human than preachy (although it clearly has a Christian message). He doesn’t pull punches with his characters; they face incredible odds and some don't make it. While I was a bit overwhelmed trying to follow the many characters early on, it didn’t take long for me to settle in. The characters are well developed, and the story kept me glued all throughout. This is one of the better works of Christian fiction I’ve read. Well written, intriguing, suspenseful, and well worth a read. I recommend it for Young Adults and older since there are mature scenes including violence and sensuality.

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Superb!

Awesome book Frank Peretti!! Reminds me of what our nation is going through at this moment! Great narrating!

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so powerful!

amazing, Frank Peretti really knows how to bring spiritual issues to the front and center!

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one of Frank Peretti best

I think this is my favorite Story by Frank Peretti. I love how he describe sin as a ooze seeping out of us and as a dragon seeking to destroy us.

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Not my favorite Peretti book, but still fantastic.

Well-written; well-narrated. I've listened to it twice, and while the symbolism is quite obvious for the most part, you still catch more of it the second time around. I'd honestly love to see a movie made out of this, but I doubt that will ever happen.


I'll always be partial to Peretti's "The Visitation" and "This Present Darkness," but this one lands in my top 3 from him.

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Outstanding?

As usual he started off low and slow like a freight train. Loved the domino affect as the story fell together piece by piece...

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very disappointed

I am pretty furious that I just invested 13-14 hours into a book for such a flimsy resolution as "he believes in Jesus, so he's fireproof now." I should have quit after it was revealed what the creature was.

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So good!!

This is now one of my all time favorite books :-) The story & narration are spot on!

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Stay until the end

I found that Frank Peretti books and his writing enjoyable to read. Little more then listening to them.

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don’t waste your time

His other books are better. This is boring and not worth your time. Should have quit listening after the first couple of chapters.

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  • Jana Bezuidenhout
  • 12-11-21

PERETTI'S BEST

This is not the book that made Frank Peretti famous but it is my favourite. It vividly describes what sin does to us. Christians must run away from sin even while not wanting to do it. I loved Tom Taylorson's voice, however I wished he would not try to "feminise" female voices. It sounded weird and just a plain reading in his own voice would have worked better. However, I do recommend this audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-22

amazing book frank peretti has never disappointed

amazing book. frank peretti has never disappointed me inspiring uplifting amazing book for Christians