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Hostage to the Devil - Reissue: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

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    Father Malachi Martin explores several modern (last sixty years) exorcisms in this text. The reader is introduced to several real world cases of demonic possession including a single failed exorcism which resulted in the death of the possessed. The late Father Martin was one of the last ¿old school¿ exorcists of the Catholic Church and also heard the confession of the Pope in Rome. As such, he is more than qualified to give the churches perspective on this most dark subject. Ultimately the text challenges the reader¿s beliefs with regard to good and evil. I strongly encourage those with an interest in the topic to select this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    this book is for real

    For years, I was skeptical of Satan and demons, mostly because I was a liberal Christian whose theology had no room for demons. Then I had a brush with the real thing. And let me tell you something, folks, things changed for me overnight--literally. I'm here to say that the Evil One is real, that demons exist, and if you're looking for a beginner's book on demoic posession, the rite of exorcism, and the sad state of contemporary theology, then Fr. Martin's book is the book for you. Martin presents five cases of demonic posession. The book is fast paced, full of suspense, and often times reads like a novel. Throughout five cases of posession, Martin discusses how it occurs, how demons operate in the posessed, and how they are expelled from the human beings they love to torment. This book is frightening, and the first case will forever haunt me. The fact that many Catholic dioceses don't have an official exorcist is even more frightening. This is truly sad and a huge victory for Satan. This book is a gold mine for anyone who is coming to demon posession for the first time. The drawback is that it's long and overwritten it's as though Fr. Martin took literary liberties to show off his writing talent. He uses long descriptive passages and poetic imagery, which, while fun at the beginning of the book, soon got annoying. While there are some beautiful passages (Martin is a talented writer) the book could have been half as long. Having said that, don't let it keep you from reading this powerful book. This is a much neglected topic, mostly becasue theology today is so liberal and becasue science seems to be putting God out of the game (which isn't true). To speak personally, I have made a return to orthodoxy becasue of my experience of the demonic realm. I wish I could say that demons didn't exist, but they do. Thankfully, their time of torture and posession will soon end because Jesus Christ is risen, and one day all things will be put under His feet.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Engrossing...

    I met Malachi Martin years ago in Brooklyn...which made it absolutely impossible to ignore his book. He was even more impressive in person. I was almost unable to finish it simply because it was so disturbing. I cannot imagine how this book can be improved upon with regards to its message.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    GREAT BOOK AND IT WILL MAKE YOU PRAY!

    Best book I have ever read. After reading the chapter 'The Girl Fixer' I wanted to figure out who this person was and I came up with tennis star 'Renee Richards' Do a google search of pictures and it will scare you to death. It all fits but of course dates and places do not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    I can't Put It Down!!

    I have just started reading the book and I cannot put it down. I suspect that I will be finished soon if I don't get too fightened. I like it because it's not a 'Scary Story' with the purpose to scare. It is an actual account of the experiences in someones life that is meant to inform. Answer Questions. Bring to light the dark and evil. I highly reccomend this book if you really want to know the TRUTH.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    A sobering look at an often sensationalized subject

    I first came across Malachi Martin's "Hostage to the Devil" at the annual book sale at Milton H. Latter Memorial Library on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a Catholic from birth and I have always taken a deep interest in my faith, even in those areas that are considered "old fashioned" or no longer believable. But after reading Martin's book I started saying my prayers much more fervently because he presents the presence of evil as an everyday occurrence in our world. I grew up with the idea that diabolic posession was as shown in the movie "The Exorcist" - namely that the possessed sprout boils on their faces and their heads turn 360 degrees while they fly through the air and spit green pea soup. But through Martin's research I learned that, although unusual effects and occurrences are possible, many cases of partial or complete posession manifest themselves more through the appearance of spiritual confusion, malice, and outright evil deeds. The signs of possession are more in the spirit than in the flesh. The book is a sober and thought provoking. He avoids sensationalism even when describing events which would seem strange and unusual. But most importantly, Martin gives us clear evidence that evil is not gone, that Satan is not dead- but that he lives now, calling himself, as described by the possessed, the Claimant, the Leader, the Daring One, the Prince, and the Angel of Light. And that he hunts human spirits weak in faith to bind them to his will, and that such a person can be freed only by a great effort of skilled prayer and understanding by a qualified priest of the Catholic Church who retain the powers given to the Apostles to cast out evil spirits in the Holy Name of Jesus the Christ. In each case described in the book, the demons yield, though after a battle, to the power of the Holy Name which they can rarely say, more often calling Him- That Person. The mechanism and evidence of posession are laid out clearly. "Hostage to the Devil" is necessary reading for all who understand that evil lives in the world and must be fought by faith and goodness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Subtle and Real Evil

    This novel was outstanding and frightening. Any doubt that one has of Satan's existence is cleared away with this novel. It gives an insight into the entity and subtle moves of Satan in his constant but useless quest to steer Christ's children away from Him. Read it. Believe it. And watch for the lies of the enemy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2000

    Cerebral, yet satisfying

    This work very effectively explains the links between the physical and the spiritual in a way that needs small doses to assimilate. There is much detail and many specifics to absorb, but the book is written in a way which makes you feel like you have been there. It may leave you mentally and emotionally exhausted, but that seems to be the only way to grasp the enormity of such a such a harrowing occurrence. It was researched exhaustively and written brilliantly, and is by far the most compelling book I have ever experienced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    Hostatge held me tight

    This is one of the finest books i have ever read. With its stories the rights and the prayers it is an over all good book i enjoyed it,obviously,immensly.

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