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This Present Darkness [Paperback]

Thomas Nelson
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Jan. 18 1993
Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race.

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This 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.

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The small town of Ashton is the scene of a terrific battle between evil demons led by Rafar and angelic forces let by Tal in this Christian suspense tale by a best-selling author. Leaders of the human participants are Marshall Hogan, editor of The Clarion, Pastor Hank Busche, their friends, and groups of praying Christians. The battle wages fiercely, working up to a thrilling and satisfying climax. However, the superbly fiendish reading by Jack Sondericker, employing an incredible range of voices, reaches greater heights of horror than does the author's prose. Recommended for popular collections with a wide Christian audience.?Sister Avila, formerly with Acad. of the Holy Angels, Minneapolis
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just beneath the surface...... July 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Of the Christian novels I have read, this is easily the best. The followup, "Piercing the Darkness," is a disappointing sequel, and the famous "Left Behind" series left me cold before I had finished the first installment, being sadly predictable and written in such a superficial style that it seemed to have been solely aimed at a junior high school reading level. Peretti's style, however, is more advanced and draws in the more experienced readers among us as well as those younger.
We humans are bound by our five physical senses. Beyond that, we have little idea what may be happening among the principalities and powers of the air. Scripture gives us a few glimpses, and long religious tradition has fleshed out some ideas, of what is going on between the powers of darkness and the powers of light. In this novel Peretti does a credible and intriguing job of putting names and personalities to the various characters and forces involved in the spiritual warfare around us and within us, and the story ultimately is unforgettable.
My only quibbles with this excellent work are that the answers to these issues are a little too pat, the solutions to the problems a bit too neat. I am fully willing to admit that this may be my own lack of spiritual perception regarding the invisible realm, but it just smacks sometimes of being a bit too easy and convenient, as if the book too often allows its built-in deus ex machina to intrude on the action. Still, the book is well worth four stars and worth reading and rereading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Present Darkness: Good Book Oct. 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
´¿The heavenly warriors mowed through the ranks of demons like blurring scythes. Demons began to fall out of the sky like meteors, spinning, smoking, dissolving.´¿ This quote is typical of This Present Darkness. Frank Peretti writes this book to give it´¿s readers a better understanding of spiritual warfare. He incorporates complex characters and descriptive diction to make this book come alive.
This book takes place in the typical small college town of Ashton. However, when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race.
Ashton is just another small town. It´¿s population nearly doubles when college is in session. Peretti does a very good job at describing this town and areas around it. This helps in understanding the plot.
The usage of foreshadowing in this book heightens suspense and makes for a great climax. It keeps your attention throughout the book. A Bible verse on the back of the book contains the novel´¿s conflict: ´¿For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world´¿´¿ ´¿ Ephesians 6:12 (NLT). This narrative brilliantly reveals the truth of the spiritual realm through interesting, fast-paced action.
The characters that Peretti uses in this book bring it to life. Powerful angels and evil demons fiercely battle over human souls. The main human protagonists, Hank Busche and Marshall Hogan, strongly pursue truth in their quest to save Ashton. And thinking that no one can stop him, the main human antagonist, Alexander Kaseph, tries to take over the town for his satanic mission.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking hate literature June 26 2003
By Plusle
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is by far one of the worst books in existance.
First of all, the writing itself is poor. The characters are sterotypes, the Christians painted as being 'good' and 'holy' people, with absolutely no depth and no life beyond their bible thumping existance. The 'evil' characters, all liberals or Pagans, are portrayed as being totally evil, with no redeeming factors or any realistic character traits. The descriptions are over the top, going into macabre, dark demon filled scenes whenever the Pagans are involved (to heighten the 'evil' sterotype apprently), and the Christians are described as all light and pure and surrounded by glowing angels. The storyline is laughable because the heavy sterotyping demeans any message it tries to have, but beyond the book's silliness is one of the most terrifing hate messages I've seen, one that puts even Left Behind to shame.
The truth is, these sterotypes are not how the world works, Mr. Peretti. What the the truth actually is is that this is the most horrifing hate properganda book I've ever had the misfortune to see pubished.
As a New Age/Pagan reader, I was shocked and appaled that so many people seem to be taking the book's message to heart. I'd like to point out to all the glowing five star reviews that this is FICTION - poorly written fiction at that. New Agers, Pagans and Wiccans are not evil - bigotry is. And this obviously fictional novel is chock full of that, and should be avoided by any Christian who tries to live a truely good life.
Religious tolerence is already sadly lacking among the hyper conseritive Christian community, books like this only continue a cycle of hate. Toss this in the trash and read some Harry Potter instead. You'll be the better for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Establishing a genre June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, Peretti's first adult effort, constitutes a pioneering effort of Christian literature. Here Peretti delves into spiritual matters, both Christian fundamentalism and Eastern mysticism. He reaches down into our inner-most fears and touches us on a deep, almost primal level. He exposes those "things that go bump in the night". Peretti reveals a world within our world, one filled with powerful, malevolant creatures bent on world domination and the pure, righteous beings that oppose them. Both sides use humans and the human spirits as catalysts to achieve their ends. This book is about the most basic struggle between good and evil, as presented in the Bible: demons vs angels. It presents how fundamental Judeo-Christian morals and ethics help defend against spiritual darkness. And it expands upon the Bible to give a possible scenario on how these spiritual battles may be fought.
Much of what Peretti has written about in this book is his own interpretation of how fundamental Christian Biblical teachings fit into this spiritual war. No matter what your faith, this book should get you thinking about how the world works. Are angels real? Are demons real? Can or does this kind of struggle exist right under our "work-a-day", oblivious noses? Peretti takes us on a journey to show us the spiritual battle that may be taking place everyday in America, with the fate of our very souls in the balance of the outcome. This book literally began the fantasy Christian genre, where everyday life is presented as a battle for dominion between good and evil spirits. Many books by various authors followed this one, with the "Left Behind" series being the most popular to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Must
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Amazing
For goodness sake it is a novel. When someone rights a novel they know that the beginning and the middle also will be difficult to get through because it will not exactly be 100%... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Lance Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A shot of reality through the heart!!!!
All i can say is WOW! There is nothing like a book about spiritual warfare to snap you to attention! When i read this book , it made me realize how real evil is. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by "apple_pie_06"
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but....
This novel is quite entertaining, although it presents such a good versus evil plotline that the characters are clearly on one side or the other. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing and Gripping Story....
Ok, I admit that this is the first book by Frank Peretti that I have read. I could not put it down. Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by Jason Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every Christians
I wish I had read this book when I became a Born-Again Christian. It's helped me understand better the meaning of the Bible Passage, "The fervent and effective prayer of a... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Lara
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. It does not get too preachy, which can turn off some readers, but it also reminds believers about the power of prayer. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by "bridget_jones33"
5.0 out of 5 stars Peretti calls it like it is!
Well, I absolutely loved this book, and its sequel, "Piercing the Darkness." What can I say? If you want an accurate drawing of just what the driving force behind the New Age... Read more
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The good news is that this is an entertaining, competently written mystery-thriller. The bad news is everything else. Read more
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