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Piercing the Darkness

Piercing the Darkness

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by Frank E. Peretti

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This dramtically reminds us of the reality of spiritual warfare, and the ability of God's truthful light to burst is also a personal story about how the fervent pray-ers of humanistm and New Age beliefs.


This dramtically reminds us of the reality of spiritual warfare, and the ability of God's truthful light to burst is also a personal story about how the fervent pray-ers of humanistm and New Age beliefs.

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Introduction xi

Map xv

Part 1 The Making of an Elephant Wallah

Chapter 1 The Shoulders of a Giant 3

Chapter 2 Into the Jungle 9

Chapter 3 Meeting the Boss-and the Elephants 25

Chapter 4 Initiation Rites 33

Chapter 5 How to Read an Elephant 58

Chapter 6 The Fairest Tusker of Them All 69

Chapter 7 The Burning Boss 76

Chapter 8 Sex, Cricket, and Blue Cheese 81

Chapter 9 School for Men and Elephants 86

Chapter 10 Drunk on Testosterone 96

Chapter 11 Master Class in Trust and Courage 103

Chapter 12 The Jungle Family has No Wife 113

Chapter 13 "The Murder of Me" 118

Chapter 14 Bandoola: Hero Or Rogue? 124

Chapter 15 A Murder Investigation 132

Chapter 16 Rebels and Reunions 136

Part 2 Love and Elephants

Chapter 17 Tiger Hour 151

Chapter 18 The Cannibal Islands 166

Chapter 19 Sunlight and Shadow 174

Chapter 20 Into the Cauldron 185

Part 3 War Elephants

Chapter 21 Fleeing Burma 205

Chapter 22 No. 1 War Elephant 218

Chapter 23 The Making of Elephant Bill 231

Chapter 24 Elephant Company Hits its Stride 240

Chapter 25 A Crazy Idea 252

Chapter 26 The Elephant Stairway 269

Epilogue 284

Acknowledgments 291

Notes 297

Index 329

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Vicki Constantine Croke has been chronicling animal life for more than two decades—tracking polar bears, Tasmanian devils, and Madagascar’s top predator, the fossa. She now covers animal issues for WBUR-FM, Boston’s NPR news station, on air (Here and Now) and on WBUR’s The Wild Life online. Her work there earned a 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She is the author of The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal,and The Modern Ark: The Story of Zoos—Past, Present and Future. Croke has worked on nature documentaries for Disney and for the A&E channel and anchored The Secret Life of Animals on NECN-TV. She also wrote The Boston Globe’s “Animal Beat” column for thirteen years, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Sunday Telegraph, Time, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, Gourmet, National Wildlife, and Discover magazine, among others. She lives in the Boston area.

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"Frank Peretti kicked open the doors that all of us Christian novelists are passing through today. We owe him a huge debt."
Jerry B. Jenkins, author, The Left Behind series

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Frank E. Peretti is one of American Christianity's best-known authors. His novels have sold over 10 million copies, and he is widely credited with reinventing Christian fiction. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the Pacific Northwest. www.frankperetti.com.

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Piercing the Darkness 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book after reading the prequel, This Present Darkness, I thought that I was just-as-more nabbed by the amazing literature from this novel than the other. This Present Darkness left me utterly speechless (something that I had not expected of a Christian novel [to rephrase: I hadn't thought that much good Christian books besides Chronicles of Narnia were ever good. Boy was I wrong!]). This book and This Present Darkness not only caught my full admiration and fanhood but also won my praise for Mr. Perreti's astonishing, subtle [the good subtle] way of luring readers, like me, to such a convicting, disturbing and supreme story of spiritual warfare. It not only supports Christian fundamentalists but it also puts a fictitious approach that is convincing and necessary. Fiction? Christian-novel? Yet still powerful and an endorsement of our Lord Jesus and our Unfathomable God? And some how Perreti pulled it off! I cannot express my awe of this novel and the elaboration it draws upon the reader. Several times I found myself guessing of what will happen next, crying [not literally] when a demon plotted with others of what hideous deeds they would do to our poor, willed-beaten Christian brethren and I even gasped, literally gasped at the lattice of convincing and strong characterization and the amazing structions and substratums of the plot of this tale. I was simply breathless. Still not convinced this book is worthwhile? Well, though I try to be a servant of God, I find myself reading secular fantasies alot, especially Raymond E. Fiests books, I haven't thought a good, edible Christian book could exist to give the spice it needs to satisfy my picky-taste {e.g. I do not easily call a novel 'good' without indebt scrutiny). BUT! This book, however, was more than satisfying that I was dieing for more. In Piercing the Darkness, I found myself experiencing the trials of the Christian characters as a Satanic organization pinned them to an impossible child abuse lawsuit on a Christian man in a Christian school, or a foreplanned murder, etc.. My head swam from the invigorating sequences of scenes that literally sucked you into the emotions, the trials, the battles, and the victories the fictitious characters etched on page experienced. This book is no other. It is worth the money, it is worth your time, and it is worth the pains and pleasures of possibilities CLEARLY portrayed through this novel. You will be pleased.
KMR93 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great follow up to "The Present Darkness". It mixes old characters with new ones, so it feels familiar without being a repeat of its forerunner. It gives a great picture of what goes on in the spiritual realm around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I have a better idea of what spiritual warfare is like.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great! I love how the book draws you in from the very beginning by starting off on an exciting note. It keeps you hanging on till the very end and keeps you wondering what will happen next. I also love the way Frank Peretti conveys spiritual truths--very simple, yet powerful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This present darkness and Piercing the darkness are two of the best books I've ever read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, along with This Present Darkness, are two of my favorite books. Great reads!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly a great book. It tells a very interesting, suspenseful story. It deals with a lot of complex issues in a very down-to-earth manner. The characters are very, very realistic and the situations themselves seem like they could happen at any moment. Plus, the author perfectly straddles the boundary between promoting a religion and preaching. While it's apparent that the author endorses Christianity, that element isn't overwhelming. It's just a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another novel from Frank Peretti that is a must read!! If you liked This Present Darkness, you will love the sequel! But make sure you read This Present Darkness first, because this one refers to the first one a whole lot. Piercing the Darkness has more angel warriors, more creepy demons, and more action than ever before! Make sure you don't miss it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peretti has done it again! The detail of the spiritual warfare is incredible! I'm sure that I will read this book more than once. One of my favorite things about this book is the angels. I just love how he describes them so well, and how it goes back and forth between the spiritual battle and the phisical battle. When the angels sound the trumpet, I just get a joyful feeling that makes me want to leap up to heaven. I really reccomend this book to anyone looking for something to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an insight of the Christian religion spiritualness...it doesn't mean to offend liberals or other religions like Robert Orsi had stated. This is the opinion of an author of what angels and demons are like, what they experience...it's entertaining - the way he has the creative imagination to just write his ideas and thoughts into a story that sounds so believable and who knows it MAY be the truth. Don't rule out the book's messages and ideas...but don't truly base everything on the book either. Frank Peretti at least has the mental capacity to imagine what most likely goes on right in front of our blinded eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book! You might think it is fiction, but someday, you will see! Demons are fighting for control of people, and this book, helps you to understand, you can win! Of course, Jesus is the way to Heaven, but first, we have to deal with this world and all the evil that is here. Read this with an open mind.
dlcb More than 1 year ago
I read this book a long time ago, but found it again for my Nook. WOW! I forgot most of the parts of this story and I found myself having a VERY hard time putting the book down. The story is woven on several fronts simultaneously and is skillfully brought together at the climax of the story. Very captivating reading!
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I love this. I could read it and listen to it over and over again.
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Wasnt the best book I ever read, but it was pretty good.
Another_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
I thought this book a little darker than the first 'Darkness' book, but not in a way that made me enjoy the book any less. Once again I endangered my good standing with my teachers in favor of reading an excellent book, but who needs math anyway?