Prophet: A Novel

by Frank E. Peretti

Paperback, 1992



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Crossway Books (1992), 416 pages

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Fiction. Mystery. HTML: The disappearance of a young camper atop Cat Mesa convinces Undersheriff Bill Gastner and Estelle Reyes-Guzman that the boy has been spirited away..


Original language


Physical description

416 p.; 9.18 x 1.07 inches


0891076182 / 9780891076186

User reviews

LibraryThing member marient
John Barrett, anchorman for "newssix at Five" the city's most watched newscast, has a problem. His comfortable, successful world is being jarred to the breaking point. He's caught his producer skewing a story to fit her own prejudices, then lying to cover her tracks-and she appears to be hiding
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something much bigger. His father's "accidental" death suddenly isn't looking so accidental. Carl, his estranged son, has returned to challenge his integrity and probe to find the man behind the TV image. The supposedly progessional and objective newsroom is now divided and fighting over "Truth".
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LibraryThing member freakyjesuschick
John Barrett, Anchorman fo News Six At Five, the most watched newscast in the city, has problems. Ge's caught his producer scewing a story to fit her own devices, and then lying to cover her tracks. And it looks like she's hiding something bigger. His father accidental death begins to look less
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accidental, and his estranged son, Carl, comes back to town to challenge his integrity and probe for the man behind the newscast. The supposedly professional and objectice newsroom is now divided and fighting over Truth. And what are these mysterious voices barrett is hearing...
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LibraryThing member coffeebookperfect
A bit different from Peretti's usual with visions of angels and demons. This book (though fiction) made me more aware that everyone has hurt and most people are still hurting.
LibraryThing member nesum
Nothing earth-shattering here, but Peretti's works are always good for an interesting and exciting read. His characters are likable and the story solid, which I think has always been his appeal. So many people concentrate on the huge wild spiritual realm aspects of his novels (such as the angels
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and demons of the previous works), but I've always thought the interesting thing about him is how he puts regular people into a crisis of faith and asks them to work it out (with God's help).

That strikes me as sound fiction. And while his style isn't great, the stories are worth the telling, and they are worth the hearing.
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LibraryThing member sparemethecensor
Poor writing doesn't do much to disguise this pro-life propaganda novel. I picked this up at the library because I was intrigued by the idea of a man receiving prophetic messages; unfortunately the promising plotline of a man coming to terms with a new divine plan for his life was tossed away in
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favor of convincing readers that all pro-choicers are evil and abortion doctors kill women.
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LibraryThing member Phamm
Descriptive of how hungry the world is to believe in
LibraryThing member gaillamontagne
A story that depicts the raging battle between the forces behind the pro-life and pro-choice movements. John Barrett, a high profile, TV anchor man finds himself embroiled in the middle of a story involving the death of both his father and the Governer's daughter. How are they connected? John is
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forced to self examine as the plot unfolds as his life takes a shape he did not expect.
This story will either make you very mad or it will lift your spirits. Read it either way. Also, the narrator did a fabulous job of creating character voices to help the imagination
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LibraryThing member Carol420
The book begins in the world of John Barrett, a successful news anchorman for channel 6 and his father, a successful businessman. Their two worlds collide when John's father makes the news by challenging a prominent political figure. John's disdain for his father's public proselytizing is brought
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to a sudden halt when his father is mysteriously killed. This event forces John to understand his father, go head to head with a powerful politician, reconcile with his son, question his own integrity and keep the news crew of channel 6 from putting an erroneous spin on a story.

I don't usually read this author who often writes with Ted Dekker, who I am very selective about. That being said. I did enjoy the story line behind this book. A well crafted story, with interest building throughout the book.
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LibraryThing member classyhomemaker
This was a good story that is definitely showing its age; but that's the problem nowadays with writing about technology---things become outdated fast. Written in 1992 and full of lots of "technical terms", this one was a very slow starter for me. However, the mood the author is trying to create by
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describing the fast-paced atmosphere of a newsroom/studio is an important theme that I realized once I got into the story a little bit.

This isn't my favorite Peretti work, for sure, but it was still fun to read and be reminded of all the "vintage stuff". The description of the email mailbox icon, what it means, how it doesn't mean one has actual, physical, paper mail, etc. cracked me right up, but I didn't really embrace email myself until about 2003 so I guess this would have been uncommon knowledge a decade earlier. In this story, "email" wasn't even a term yet and the mail system was only the local computers within the news agency.

The entire storyline of this book would fall apart if it were written as is with today's laws in place. Most of everyone's arguments and evidence were based on access to medical records, doctors who shared lots and lots of personal info on their patients, and a public that would be outraged at the idea that abortion could actually kill the mother too. In short, there were no HIPAA laws in 1992.

Other elements that seem crazy but were really a thing in those days are things like recording people's phone calls without permission, schools giving out dorm room phone numbers, buying phone cards to make a long distance call (that was SOO techy!!!), use of the word "retarded" as a joke. I do remember these things but being so far away from that time, it made the story seem contrived and weird. It did have a good ending, even if it was a little too 1990s-Christian-Fictiony.

One thing I came away with: I definitely want to be "a prophet who can't help but speak."
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