Item description for This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti...
Outline ReviewThis Present Darkness, by Frank Peretti, is among the classic novels of the Christian thriller genre. First published in 1986, Peretti's book set a suspenseful standard in spiritual warfare story-telling that has rarely been met by his contemporaries. Set in the apparently innocent small town of Ashton, This Present Darkness follows an intrepid born-again Christian preacher and newspaper reporter as they unearth a New Age plot to take over the local community and eventually the entire world. Nearly every page of the book describes sulfur-breathing, black-winged, slobbering demons battling with tall, handsome, angelic warriors on a level of reality that is just beyond the senses. However, Christian believers and New Age demon-worshippers are able to influence unseen clashes between good and evil by the power of prayer. Peretti's violent descriptions of exorcisms are especially vivid: "There were fifteen [demons], packed into Carmen's body like crawling, superimposed maggots, boiling, writhing, a tangle of hideous arms, legs, talons, and heads." This book is not for the squeamish. But for page-turning spiritual suspense, it's hard to beat.
Product Description Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous plot to subjugate the townspeople--and eventually the entire human race. A riveting thriller, This Present Darkness offers a fascinating glimpse into the unseen world of spiritual warfare.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Tyndale House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.82" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Feb 28, 2002
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842361723 ISBN13 9780842361729
Availability 0 units.
More About Frank E. Peretti
With more than 15 million novels in print, Frank Peretti is nothing short of a publishing phenomenon and has been called “America’s hottest Christian novelist.” The Oath (Word Publishing 1995), sold more than half a million copies within the first six months of release. The Visitation (Word Publishing 1999), was #1 on the CBA Fiction Bestseller list for four months. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1951, Frank is a natural storyteller who, as a youngster in Seattle, regularly gathered the neighborhood children for animated storytelling sessions, drew comics, and tapped out stories on his mother’s portable typewriter.
His journey toward becoming a writer had its side trips. After graduating from high school, he began playing banjo with a local bluegrass group, then worked as a musician and odd-job man for a small recording studio.
Shortly after he and his wife Barbara were married in 1972, Frank toured with a pop band and then a modest Christian music ministry. He later studied English, screen writing and film at UCLA before spending five years helping his father pastor a small Assembly of God church in the Seattle area. During those five years he labored at night, on weekends, any chance he got, to write his first novel, This Present Darkness, the book that would catapult him into the public eye – eventually. Numerous publishers rejected the novel and Frank gave up his pastoring position to work in construction and odd jobs to make ends meet. Even after Crossway Books published This Present Darkness in 1986, the novel sat on store shelves largely unnoticed.
Two years later, Frank was working at a local ski factory when word-of- mouth enthusiasm finally lifted This Present Darkness onto a tidal wave of interest in spiritual warfare. The book appeared on Bookstore Journal’s bestseller list every month for more than eight years. His two spiritual warfare novels, This Present Darkness (1986) and Piercing the Darkness (1989), captivated readers, together selling more than 3.5 million copies. The Oath was awarded the 1996 Gold Medallion Award for best fiction.
For kids, Frank wrote The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (Crossway and Tommy Nelson), which remains a best-selling series for children with sales exceeding 1 million copies. In August 2000, Peretti released the hilarious children’s audiocassette series titled Wild and Wacky Totally True Bible Stories, reprising his role as Mr. Henry, the offbeat substitute Sunday School teacher found in two Visual Bible for Kids videos. In 2000, Frank released his first-ever non-fiction book, The Wounded Spirit, in which he deals with the problem of bullying.
In all, including his current work, Illusion, Frank has written nineteen books of various size for various ages.
Frank and Barbara live a simple life in rural Idaho. He leads worship at their church, Barbara paints in watercolor, and they enjoy being with their close friends.
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Reviews - What do customers think about This Present Darkness?
Great writing. The audio version . . . not so much! Mar 22, 2007
This Present Darkness is considered by many to be a classic of Christian literature and I would tend to agree. However the audio version is marred by silly overly dramatic music, audio effects and last, but not least, Mr. Peretti's pedestrian speaking style and undistingished vocal tone. If you don't have the time to sit and read the written version, the audio is a suitable but compromised substitute. However it doesn't truly express how good the written prose really is here!
I love frank peretti Mar 8, 2007
I think that Mr. Peretti has hit the nail on the head with all his books. that we are truely in spiritual battle at all times . Things are not allways what they seem with the natural eye. I would recomend this book to everyone to read or lisen to like I do.. LeiLani
Goes Beyond 'Good Vs Evil' Feb 1, 2007
Frank Peretti's THIS PRESENT DARKNESS transcends the normal realm of 'good verses evil' by blasting headlong into the Angelic Conflict. The reader is taken on a spiritual journey that is a virtual tug of war between Angelic warriors and demonic forces with a tiny American hamlet and its' citizens as the rope.
Though Peretti does take some liberties with dispensational reality, the book flows nicely and story will keep you flipping pages long past your bedtime. Peretti displays his literary power in enticing the reader to press on with alacrity to see what happens next, only to be propelled further still into the abyss. There exists as well, much to be said for Peretti's ability to introduce seemingly mundane and miniscule segments of information only to have them later on, blast back into the story with enormity.
Peretti did seem to have some slight lapses in research. Some things just weren't too logical, such as covertly searching real estate company records to determine property ownership when the logical source would have been the County Deed Records that are available to the public without the need for undercover work. However, such discrepancies do little to detract from the overall story.
This is considered a classic novel of Christian fiction for good reason. This one is worth reading on many levels. The story is far from ordinary, flows nicely and entices the reader on to the very end.
I waited a long time for this.... Jan 5, 2007
I have wanted an unabridged version of This Present Darkness on cassette for years and I finally got one. However, I tried to listen to it on vacation and I found I could only listen for maybe an hour at a time and then I would have to take a break to keep from getting sleepy. For a long drive the radio dramas for The Left Behind Series or any of the Focus On the Family Radio dramas would have served the higher purpose of keeping me from highway hypnosis. For shorter trips these tapes would have been fine and after the narrator settles in, he did some great voices. Peretti threw in some great lines that made me laugh both when I have read the book and when I listened to the tapes.
My favorite novel of all time Jan 3, 2007
This book is captivating, brilliant, and memorable. Peretti is a master at his craft. You're not a whole person until you've read this book.