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2.0 out of 5 stars Read the fine print, July 8, 2009
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This review is from: The Oath (Mass Market Paperback)
First of all, I've never read anything by this author before (who's apparently a well known by everyone except me), so when I got a mouth full of Jesus in the middle of a book about a dragon who eats a bunch of people I wasn't happy. I had no idea this guy had some heavy handed Christian agenda nor that he intended to beat me to death with it. The book was in the horror section, and the summary on the back mentioned nothing about religion. That's incredibly sneaky. I wouldn't have bought it if I knew it was trying to convert me.

It's not a bad read, really. The suspense will probably keep you turning pages, and the scenes are well detailed. Only it'll dawn on you that the author is punishing these characters via dragon teeth (describing every blood squirt in the process) because his message is apparently Love-Jesus-Or-Get-Eaten-By-A-Dragon. This is a theme you see in those Sci Fi original movies all the time, but the difference here is that the writer is serious.

After I finished the book and realized I was apparently expected to devote myself to God or die, I reread the summary. Maybe I had missed some bold letters declaring it religious fiction? Well, silly me, I had. Only the letters weren't bold. They were slipped into the book reviews.
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2009 4:46:30 PM PDT
Daniel Hayes says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2010 3:42:49 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2010 3:55:47 PM PST
Riss says:
I was reading a book about a dragon, not the bible. If he wanted to use Catholic symbolism and allusions, then he could've done it in a more subtle way. "Love jesus or this giant lizard is going to eat you" is not one of those ways. Likewise, I was reviewing a book. Not looking for moral critique because of my opinion on said book.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2010 9:59:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 29, 2010 10:03:23 PM PDT
Kenneth Sohl says:
Mr. Hayes: Perhaps Mr. Riss has already made these hard choices. Who are you to speak for someone about whom you know nothing other than his opinion about a book? Is it because you think you know how a saved person should act? Perhaps you will be the one taken by surprise on Judgement Day. The bible says that only a handful will enter into heaven, and there are an awful lot of people who think as you do. It should be obvious that something just doesn't add up there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2011 2:53:34 AM PST
Been there, did that. I have no problem reading religiously oriented fiction anymore than I have any reading fiction that is politically conservative (I'm a leftie). The problem is that when the author starts preaching, regardless of your sexual/religious/political viewpoint. I've read religious fiction and everything is flowing well when SUDDENLY everyboy gets all go-to-Jesus on the reader and we get a lecture, a reading from the bible, then a life lesson on how to apply both to our (assumed) sinful life. And before I get a lecture, I know religious people who find this jarring interuption to the story's versimillitude just as annoying. Riss is correct, a good author can put all of this into his/her work without lecturing and preaching. Both Tolkien and Lewis put a great deal of religious symbology into their works, but they can be read a secular works by the non-religious. Good authors = good storytelling, bad authors lecture, and if they continue, soon they are preaching to the converted, and as such these authors are just wasting their time, as what's left of their audience already agree with them. Any writer would want to increase their audience not reduce it. Anyway, good review.

Adios for now.
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