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Hostage To The Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans [Paperback]

Malachi Martin
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Sept. 25 1992
One On One With Satan

A chilling and highly convincing account of possession and exorcism in modern America, hailed by NBC Radio as "one of the most stirring books on the contemporary scene."


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"Martin's polished contemporary sense of traditional theology entices even the skeptical.... Stunningly pertinent ...Will set you thinking-and thinking-and thinking." -- -- Detroit News

"Martin is above all serious. He is not speaking about madness, about illusions or the irrational, but about the real beyond all reason.... He presents exorcism as ... a titanic clash of wills that threatens the lives, the sanity, even the souls of all attending." -- Newsweek

"Martin's polished contemporary sense of traditional theology entices even the skeptical.... Stunningly pertinent ...Will set you thinking-and thinking-and thinking." -- Detroit News

"The most shattering book on demonic possession isn't fiction at all but Malachi Martin's spellbinding work of interpretive reporting." -- New York (Sunday) Daily News

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A chilling and highly convincing account of possession and exorcism in modern America, hailed by NBC Radio as "one of the most stirring books on the contemporary scene."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intercessor's Plea Nov. 16 2002
By LINDA
Format:Paperback
* Satan is roaming the earth, seeking whom he may devour(1Peter 5:8). Many souls are ripe for his tormenting in a socieity where a man's opinion is his God (2TIM 4:3-4) and secular humanism runs rampant.This book sheds light on many of the enemy's tactics.It also empowers the believer in Christ with true knowledge and effective weapons (Ephesians 6:10-17 Remember the Word, the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, and the prayers of the saints).
* Martin is a former professor at the Vatian's Pontifical Biblical Institute.He researched and interviewed 5 exorcists and 5 cases of possession. He tells the story of each priest's calling and the circumstances leading to each possession. His prose will captivate you and you'll invite him back for more. I've read this book several times and distributed numerous copies as gifts.
* Martin is Catholic and I'm a Protestant Assemblies of God believer. This book breaks the DEMONINATION BARRIERS.Jesus is the vine(John 15).Who loves Jesus? John 14:21 states," Whoever has my commands and obeys them, He is the one who loves me....."
* Martin explores the spiritual fight that occurs in exorcism (aka deliverance) and details the battle for the soul.The will of the possessed, the strength of the priest's faith, and the crafty tactics of the devil's hordes all play a part in 5 climatic victory testimonies for Jesus....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horrifying yet fascinating. Oct. 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book b/c I find the material fascinating, albeit horrifying. The topic that is discussed in the book, demonic possession, is something that I find rather interesting. I have read other books, accounts and seen the movies. As a fan of the macabre, I thought I have heard it all. This book totally changed my perception. It makes "The Exorcist" look like Dr. Suess. In fact, I read the first case study, Zio and the Smiler and took it back to the bookstore. What I read was so disgusting, explicit and nauseating that I had trouble falling asleep for 2 days. It reaches into the unimaginable part of the human soul and psyche. The vileness and ugliness of these accounts startles the imagination. This book is definately NOT for the faint of heart, nor the weak in constitution. I find it difficult to believe that one can sustain the type of physical, emotional and spiritual torture that accompanies the possessed. This book will make you reassess your spiritual outlook. It leaves the reader with an utterly claustrophobic feeling and the need to come up for air every now and again. I caution any parent who have children in the house to not leave this book out casually. It may affect a younger or sensitive person adversely. Hideous, sanguinous and wretched, "Hostage to the Devil" will keep the reader entraced and may serve some good....it will make you believe in evil. And when evil is acknowledged, as this book implies, only then can it be conquered.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This a great book for the enlightened mind Oct. 31 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the closest objective view of demonic possesion I have ever read. It was of great help to me in my study of other demons and possesion. In tantric Buddhism, there are similar phenomenas and if you can get close enough gives you the feel of something preternatural in the air. The manifestations and the kind of otherworldiness that preternaturalism does to natural beings like us is like how a rat may feel when its stuck on tar paper. There is that feeling of something bigger out there and infinitely more powerful than yourself. Dogs and other mammals have enough sense to stay away when they feel such vibes. We as humans do not know any better.
There is that sense that evil and good interweave in our everyday life and we still are clueless to its many guises. As a ex-Catholic, I still see the God-picture but I also that the reality does not fit the idealism. Somewhere along the way many people find evil in their search for the good and end up being taken for a long off-track ride. It is the great curiosity of human beings that has pushed knowledge to what it is today.
Demons seem to have their own order and do not grow smarter or more powerful with time. Human beings on the other hand have an incredible means to increasing thier knowledge and technology. We exist in the natural world that sometimes touches the edge of the preternatural world. We are the beings that may may make that crossing and come back from it. It makes one wonder if our evolution will eventually take us from the natural world and into the preter-natural world as to exist simultaneously on two planes. If we can learn to control our gullibility and irrationality, will we be able to reason our way to betterness and be immune to calls of malevolent beings in some better evolved form of us? I still have the picture if a great creator that works his magic over millions of years rather than seven days.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please put the thesaurus down June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Well, I am half way in to this book and its becoming difficult to continue. The writing style that Martin takes is excessively painful. The unnecessary use of "Big Words" is really annoying. It seems as if he is trying really hard to come off as credible by amassing a staggering array of words that are rarely used in conventional writing. I understand that in certain circumstances, consulting a thesaurus is necessary. But to do so constantly, for no reason other then to sound sophisticated is a very transparent attempt at compensating for a sense of inadequacy in content on the part of Mr. Martin. Which is completely unnecessary.
This coupled with the attempt to describe, to mind-numbing detail, the inner emotions of an individual is very difficult to read. Mr. Martin tried way to hard to get into the heads of the people he writes of and in the processes spent way to much time alliterating that. Ideas that should be a page or two wind up being 10 or 15.
If you can get pass the above, Mr. Martin does a nice job in the way he sets up the stories. He is very well researched and lays out the premise in a very captivating manner. But this book could be half the size it is.
In all fairness to Mr. Martin, this may be the doing an editor run amok. If so, he needs to find a new one. I am giving it two stars as I have not yet finished it. I don't know if I can take much more of reading fluff and filler. This subject is quite fascinating and it is nothing but my curiosity that keeps me going. In all honesty, I don't think I'm going to make it through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written book, not much biased but presented like a reporter. The only concern is - are all those stories true? It obviously looks genuine.
Published on Feb. 27 2011 by Vanny Thai
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering Book on Good and Evil in the World...
I highly recommend this book for those who don't believe that there is a God---Who is merciful and loves them. Read more
Published on April 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Why the Catholic Church?
It always amazes me that people give so much credence to "exorcisms" as relating to the Catholic Church. Read more
Published on March 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Real-life cases from the '60s and '70s
Martin, an experienced exorcist, presents five full true-life accounts of demonic possession from the 1960s and 1970s. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Auroran
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC, but there is much more...
This is truly a classic book on the subject of exorcism
from the Catholic perspective, but the truth is: Satan, the
Prince of Darkness, is much more subtle than... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Leonardo LCH Lenbenhear
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedium, it hurts because I really wanted to believe this...
I got this book because I wanted to know what the protocol was for taking out a demon - just incase I move into some old house where I find a strange man with deep eyes wandering... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really scary
I am not even finished with this book. There are 5 cases and I am on the 3rd one. I am halfway through it and haven't come across anything remotely frightening. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by shutterbugcpa
3.0 out of 5 stars one mistake in summerbeard's review
One can only be freed from the devil through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your savior. Not to discredit those who fight evil on a daily basis, but ALL believers in Christ can... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by K. Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Challanging and Compelling
The belief system that this book is based upon would ordinarily cause me to dismiss it if it were not for the excellent quality of the writing and intelligence with which the... Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Frances T. Nowve
4.0 out of 5 stars My father was totally possessed
There seem to be only a few good books on this subject : Amorth's books, M Scott Peck's book, and this one. Read more
Published on April 8 2003
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