Demonic possession. Exorcism. Haunted Houses. Satanic Rituals.
For most people this is the stuff of nightmares, horror movies, folklore, and superstition. For New York City police Sergeant Ralph Sarchie, it's as real - and dangerous - as midnight patrol….
A 16-year NYPD veteran, Ralph Sarchie works out of the 46th Precinct in New York's South Bronx. But it is his other job that he calls "the Work": Investigating cases of demonic possession and assisting in the exorcisms of humanity's most ancient - and most dangerous - foes. Now he discloses for the first time his investigations into incredible true crimes and inhuman evil that were never explained, solved, or understood except by Sarchie and his partner. Schooled in the rituals of exorcism, and an eyewitness to the reality of demonic possession, Ralph Sarchie has documented a riveting chronicle of the inexplicable that gives a new shape to the shadows in the dark.
In Deliver Us from Evil, he takes listeners into the very hierarchy of a hell on Earth to expose the grisly rituals of a Palo Mayombe priest; a young girl whose innocence is violated by an incubus; a home invaded by the malevolent spirit of a supposedly murdered 19th-century bride; the dark side of a couple who were literally the neighbors from hell; and more. Ralph Sarchie's revelations are a powerful and disturbing documented link between the true-crime realities of life and the blood-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror.
©2001 Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
No. The writing was weak, and the story was like a cartoon religious tract. For example, he battles demons using a splinter from the true cross. Sarchie's point of view has racist and sexist overtones. He repeatedly brags about what a badass cop he is because his precinct is mostly nonwhite, and more than one demon distracts a woman from (her godly calling) housework.
The performance was actually quite good, and he captured Sarchie's voice well.
There is way too much information about Sarchie and his supposed deep knowledge of demons. Just tell the story without telling me how amazing and smart and intuitive and godly you are.
I thought this would be an interesting story because Sarchie was a cop and because it is being made into a movie with actors I've heard of, but it is pretty awful.
I did find each of the cases he talked about riveting.
What I liked the least and why I could not finish this book was while talking about the main situation it would remind him of other cases "A, B, and C" which then reminded him as a cop of situation "D" and now back to the main story again. By this point I had so many names and things thrown at me I forgot about the main situation and their characters.
If he just stuck to one experience and explained the rational behind his thinking without making it seem like a disjointed facebook timeline I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. I did find the main story in each chapter fascinating, if he just stuck to that main focus.
Nope, but he was good.
I understand it is a movie, and knowing that it will have to go through another filtering process by someone else I would. Maybe they will reign in the story and keep it on track.
Overall I would like to say, great stories and experiences but I could not finish it.
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