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
You can definitely tell this guy is a cop. Goes off on tangents every five minutes when he should be talking about the case. The only thing missing when he goes off the rails is the term, "have I ever told you the time that..."
One, write a skeleton of the main story that they were trying to tell. This book was all over the place. Way too many contradictions; the main contradiction is Sarchie's discrediting of eastern religion at a whim, but ends up talking about many eastern practices and how he puts them to use(Chakras, aura, chistian light - sorry these things don't exist in traditional or modern Catholicism). Sarchie may need to go back to school on the subject. There are great books here within Audible, which demonstrate cases along with references on studying the subject from not only a theological, but a medical\psychological side also, written from a christian side(Sarchie discredits and credits them at the same time).
Have not, but the performance was not the issue. I believe he embodied Sarchie's attitude\disdain\superiority complex when dealing with different situations (per written).
I believe it was John, his partner that he had when going to "cases". He mentions him and his fight with him, but it didn't really add anything to the story at all. It felt sort of like he included him like he was still apologizing. The Warren's, seemed like he was name dropping when he mentioned them, they were such a small part of a couple of cases(per written).
Now that the movie is coming out, I really believe they should have a ghost writer comb back through these notes(this book), and write it in a concise, informative, and depiction on these cases as it relates to the subject. This book should be showcased as a "how-to" start your rough draft for a book.
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.
If you are interested in the supernatural this may be of interest to you. If you are Catholic I suggest you pass this one up. Many of the rites and concepts in this book are in direct contradiction to the Catechism and the Holy See's rules around exorcisms and who can perform them. Also, the Bishop Mr. Sarchie works with is not in communion with the Holy See. How the Devil loves disobedience. Sadly, in the end Mr. Sarchie appears to be as misguided as the people he tries to help. If you want to know more about how the Catholic Church really deals with evil read something by Gabriele Amorth, a Vatican sanctioned exorcist, also available on Amazon.
Less 'tough cop' talk would be great, I felt like I was listening to a pulp detective book from 1920's at times.
Mr. Dufris does the best he can with the material at hand.
The level of cockiness and self promotion was extreme. Even when trying to sound humble and God-serving it came across as self-serving.
So many, many things...
If I were Catholic and wanted to buy into all that is, there might have been a value.
I wasted my money.
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.
The narrator performed well, he was the best fit. The whole story was awesome and it was nice to see the religious side of this topic.
I was hoping this book would be like a "True Life" version of The Exorcist, or something like that. Instead, it was essentially 11 hours of preaching. The stories jump around WAY too much, making them extremely hard to follow and the characters difficult to keep straight. Mr. Sarchie can't tell a single story without flying off on 2 or 3 tangents, sometimes to preach about his personal beliefs or experiences, sometimes to recount an entirely different story in the middle of the one he was telling, and sometimes not even finishing the story he was telling.
I would have structured the entire book differently. Fist, tell your story from start to finish, pausing briefly and only when necessary to explain the RELEVANT backgrounds of the characters involved. THEN when the story is concluded, you can discuss the significance and the take-home messages from that particular story. If you feel it necessary to interrupt one story to tell another one, then that should be it's own separate story and placed in some sort of logical order of progression.
Here are the things I learned from this book:
1: Mr. Sarchie appears to suffer from A.D.D.
2: Demonic possession evidently is as common as the Common Cold. Yet I've never had any first-hand knowledge of anything like the stories told in this book, nor have I known anyone who has. Have you?
3: If you're not Catholic, you probably don't have anything to worry about, as the Demonic spirits only appear to afflict those Catholics who have lapsed in their religious zeal.
4: If you're not Catholic, you will probably find dozens of reasons to be offended or otherwise annoyed by this book.
5: Listening to the prayers recounted at the end of the book, I've concluded that if I was a Demonic spirit and someone was attempting to exorcise me, I would leave out of sheer boredom.
I want very much to believe that there is something more to this existence than what we can see, hear, touch, etc. But there was nothing in this book that convinced me, or even gave me hope. I have no way of knowing whether any of these stories have any root in truth, as Mr. Sarchie states conveniently that any sort of documentation during an exorcism is forbidden.
I guess there's really only one way that any of us will learn what is waiting beyond the veil. It's too bad that we can't let anyone know what we find out.
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