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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.
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
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I have this book as a paperback and read it a few times about 20 years ago. My Kindle has re-kindled my love of reading and "This Present Darkness" is as good as it was... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dawn E. Stafford
Even now - as we get ever closer to "the goal line" the Spiritual insight and encouragement to intercessory prayer has been particularly helpful! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bob H
This is one a Christianities all time classics. Its a must read - thrilling, provocative and enlightening in regard to the unseen spiritual realm around us. Read morePublished on March 29 2010 by TKrauss
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"... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Brian Hulett
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 morePublished on April 20 2004 by Lance Johnson
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 morePublished on March 15 2004 by "apple_pie_06"
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 morePublished on March 7 2004 by Richard Magee