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By Courtney Skelton   

The Oath
By Frank Peretti

Reviewer: Courtney Skelton

From the book: 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 forefather' 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.

The Oath is science fiction writing at its very best. Gripping, right from the beginning. A multitude of great characters, that came across as genuine and real as if the story is an actual re-enactment. Great flow. It did move at a snail’s pace at some points but that only had me wanting to read faster and to keep going. Now having read it, looking back, it is amazing to see where the story started and how far it goes as well as how many different directions it goes in as well as how many facets it has throughout the tale. I recommend reading this.


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