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This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

This Present Darkness (1986)

by Frank E. Peretti

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Ashton is just a typical small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful, hardworking pastor begin to investigate mysterious events, they suddenly find themselves caught up in a hideous New Age plot to enslave the townspeople, and eventually the entire human race. The physical world meets the spiritual realm as the battle rages between forces of good and evil.
  Lake_Oswego_UCC | Jul 8, 2018 |
Frank Peretti is a great writer, The book is captivating from start to finish. Once i started reading the book could not put it down. definitely going to read it again. ( )
  tanesha44 | May 24, 2017 |
New York Times best-selling author Frank Peretti will keep you captivated in a riveting story about spiritual battles between good and evil. You can also find the sequel Piercing the Darkness, available in our collection.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Dec 29, 2016 |
Christian fiction, but if that's OK with you, it's not bad. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
The basic plot is that some strange and disturbing things are happening in a small American town called Ashton. Underlying this is some dramatic spiritual warfare - angels against demons, good vs evil in the ultimate sense. The one person standing against the rise of evil in Ashton is the pastor Hank Busche, well-supported by his wife Mary and a few faithful members of the congregation.

It's a thriller with an element of fantasy thrown in, probably closest in genre to CS Lewis's 'That Hideous Strength', although nowhere near as well written. The style is terse and exciting; in places rather gratingly informal. There's not much character development, the conversations seem stilted at times, and the plot is rather far-fetched. All in all, not my kind of book - yet I've just read it for the third time, and found it difficult to put down. No doubt I'll read it again in a few years. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
   Ephesians 612 (RSV)
To Barbara Jean,
wife and friend,
who loved me, and waited
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Late on a full-mooned Sunday night, the two figures in work clothes appeared on Highway 27, just outside the small college town of Ashton. They were tall, at least seven feet, strongly build, perfectly proportioned. One was dark-haired and sharp-featured, the other blond and powerful.
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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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In this trail-blazing novel on spiritual warfare, a prayerful pastor and a hard-boiled reporter compare notes and find themselves fighting a plot to subjugate the human race. A prayerful pastor and a hard-boiled reporter fight a plot to subjugate the human race.… (more)

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