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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Jan. 18 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891073906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891073901
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #626,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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�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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By Plusle on June 26 2003
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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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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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