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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.
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By Irene McIntyre on 10-29-16
Almost too scary but a few funny parts too
What made the experience of listening to Deliver Us from Evil the most enjoyable?
I like scary! This gave me nightmares though lol
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
It's a true story written by an almost 20 year veteran of the NYPD.
What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?
Everything. It was great!
If you could give Deliver Us from Evil a new subtitle, what would it be?
True life horror stories from a veteran police officer
Any additional comments?
4 star book
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By Marcel Fernandez on 08-05-14
Definitely better books out there on this topic
What would have made Deliver Us from Evil better?
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..."
What could Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
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 you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
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).
What character would you cut from Deliver Us from Evil?
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).
Any additional comments?
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.
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