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Beware the Night

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  855 ratings  ·  150 reviews
A sixteen-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 investigation into incredible true crimes an inhuman evil ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 14th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 2001)
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July, 2014 - After the movie
Because movie. And I don't have to justify myself to you.

Eric Bana is awful, but Joel McHale is lovely. (After long internal deliberation through the first half of the movie, I agreed with my friend that it was indeed Joel McHale and not Limp Bizkit like I originally thought. And IMDB confirmed it.) If ever I need an exorcism, please call that pretty Jesuit priest for me.

November, 2014 - After the book
Every year for Halloween I wear a pair of devil horns to work. I've
I've only just started the first story and I'm out. Already there's disparaging remarks about housewives, paranormal investigators and us non religious folk. Admittedly, the remarks are just slights, but I don't care for the overall tone of the author. (Though the narrator was fine.)
DNF 4.30.15
No rating.
Seriously?? I want my money back. I saw a preview for the upcoming movie Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana and it looks scaaaaary. I saw that it was based on this book so I purchased it electronically on Amazon. I got about 20 percent through and gave up. Just way too many Catholic references as the cop who wrote it is hyper-religious. There is more scripture and references to blessed this and blessed that that I think I will just stick with William Peter Blatty.
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Demonic possession to me is the most frightening aspect of the paranormal, absolutely nothing is as terrifying! Imagine the hours of fun filled horror I spent while reading this book! It's all very entertaining as long as it's not happening to me, or someone I know. I could never do what Ralph Sarchie does because I would be out for the shock value rather than to help deliver people of their torment. I'm not saying I would want to leave people suffering under demonic attack, it's just that once ...more
Follows the formula of the real-life my-house/wife/husband-has-been-posessed-by-demons tale. (That this is actually a formula is sort of disturbing since one would hope the world was not rife with so many demons that a true-life demon mad-libs was so easy to construct). I was hoping that this book would explore how a detective reconciles reality with facing some crazy preternatural happenings; what must a cop think if responding to a call from a family and sees that actual stones are raining fro ...more
Mark Warren
Fraught with bigotry and ignorance

By simply paying attention to the details in this collection of stories, there is indeed a rather frightening agenda underlying this book -- maybe the entire genre. This book falls into the religious category, specifically the Roman Catholic faith, where the author and his associates are in possession (pun absolutely intended) of secret, esoteric, and of course powerful knowledge to combat and triumph (most of the time, 'failures' serving as 'proofs' that the gi
Brian H
i am proud to say Ralph Sarchie is a personal friend of mine and i can state quite truthfully that everything in that book he has been through and he's a true fighter ! He has made tremendous sacrifices to do the work he's done and it's the best book on the demonic i've read. There is a feature film coming out next year about this book and it will surely be a fine tribute to this genuinely good man !
This book was way better than I thought it would be. Yeah I have seen the book trailer for this book and want to see the movie because I like horror movies. However after reading this book I really want to see the movie. I am sure it will be scary. Not because it is a horror movie but because the events are real. The things that police Sergeant Ralph Sarchie saw and experienced are chilling and will leave you with nightmares. Think the Exorcist times 40. While, I still have some doubts about the ...more
Bill Jones
What did I think? This book was outstanding, and now I want to learn more about the Work so I can protect myself and my family from the adversary of this Earth, the Devil. At times I felt the author repeated himself, for clarity I believe. I enjoyed the sense of humor he had despite these situations. This book was outside of my normal tech book reading but it was well worth the tangent in my library.

Satan is real, and I support the view in this book on that matter. If you believe in God then you
Not going to break any literary boundaries but this is a detailed and engrossing account of good versus evil. It's not as scary as others proclaim and is more generally creepy if anything. However, there is no glorification or exaggeration that takes place here. The matter of fact and measured way in which Sarchie details justifiably horrible demonic occurrences throughout his work lends credence and credibility to his oft overstated spiritual conviction for battling them. He's just a guy helpin ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Sue marked it as to-read-i-own  ·  review of another edition
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keď sa do tohto pustím, tak to budú bezspánkové noci :D
This review is going to be difficult for me. The book as a Demon fighting genre book is a fun book to read. My three star rating is based on that. It has little to nothing to do with the movie of the same title except for names and places.

I have some serious reservations about the author and his teachings. If you are going to read this book, you need to be warned about some things.

1. Don't go into this book thinking Ralph Sarchie is a Roman Catholic. He is not. He is a tradionalist catholic. Let
Keith Howlett
I am always trying to find true life accounts of exorcisms so when I saw this book I thought yes. I was very disappointed after reading this book. This police officer gives his account of spiritual warfare swearing to love Jesus and that the Catholic faith is the right way to God. First thing he changes from catholic to a more purest form of Catholicism so he can practice exorcisms. The guy loves the faith so much that he cannot even listen to his own Pope. The Pope declared that the right of Ex ...more
Liz Bot
Worth it, but be warned: this book is a thinly-veiled diatribe of all the reasons the reader should immediately repent and become born again into any religion at all (although Sarchie probably prefers that you, the reader, become a Catholic.)Sarchie attempts to put the fear of God into the reader by delivering homily at the end of every chapter or as often as he can sneak in a little sermon, but he really doesn't care if you don't believe in God. Really! He promises!

Stylistically, this book is
Feb 19, 2015 Rodaw added it
Knihu nebudu hodnotit hvězdičkami, protože jsem ji nedočetla ..
Každopádně za mě tedy ne... Nemám nic proti víře v Ježíše, ale v téhle knize to bylo i na mě moc.
Bohužel ten styl psaní mi vůbec nesedl, takže jsem knihu odložila (i když to zase tak moc často nedělám) a to podotýkám, že jsem veliká fanynka hororu.
Má babička knížku taky nedočetla, ale zase můj kluk ji zhltl. Záleží na povaze, někomu to hold sedne a někomu ne :-) Za mě tedy spíše ale nedoporučuji...
Frank Barrett
Read. This. Book. If you've had any kind of brush with the otherworldly, it will make you think twice about said encounters. I know it has me. The author is Catholic, and while I'm not, I didn't have a problem with his religion like other reviewers have. If you want to write a book about your experiences and are agnostic, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Atheist, Wiccan, or whatever, do so. This man knows Catholicism and uses his faith to help him through his cases. Very enjoyable, creepy, hard to pu ...more
Cristina Oliveras
This book was very unsettling and gave me trouble sleeping. I'm going to watch the movie this weekend and I anticipate it to have the same effect as this book did. I wouldn't recommend this read to the faint of heart. Not only was the book extremely disturbing, it was also educating. There was a lot of things I leaned about demonic forces that I never knew about. It also brings you closer to your faith whatever it may be. Ralph Sarchie is a brave and selfless man. May God be with him and his fam ...more
Finally had the courage to finish this book and I'm glad I did. It was a scary yet spiritual book about good vs evil. Can't believe it was all true. Also note to self, do NOT listen to this book on the road where there's no lights or cars because it will scare the shit out of you.
Jamie Outlaw
Overall this book is pretty boring. I wanted more details of the cases and less of his opinions on religion.
Also, I listened to the audio version. The narrator generally spoke in a monotone which did nothing to improve the experience.
Tracy Dobbs
I felt totally gypped by this book. I bought it because of the movie previews and expected it to be mostly about various "cases" of paranormal activity. (At least that stuff is fun to read) Instead, each case was touched on for a little bit, then I was treated to an overload of religious nonsense. Every once in a while, there would be a nod to skeptics (paraphrase: skeptics will doubt my account but it's all real and you WILL BELIEVE if it happens to you). Then there would be more religious junk ...more
Chloe Hill
My suggestion, don't read this book if you are easily scared. It's a really good read that makes you think about your faith and how you can strengthen your relationship with God.
Ralph Sarchie is a New York City police officer who, on his time off, assist in exorcisms of demons from people and homes. He is tough and opinionated and sometimes arrogant but a devout Catholic who wants to help and there are very few people who are suitable for what he calls, "The Work". A lot of priest don't even believe in the devil so they will not do exorcisms. He tells us the signs of classic demon possession and how it is different from mental illness. He warns the reader to stay away f ...more
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Ralph Sarchie is an NYPD cop who works as a demonologist and exorcist in his free time. He is a devout Christian and believes that everything happens for a reason, Gods reason.

According to Ralph people become possessed from dabbling in black arts, being the victims of evil curses but mostly because it's "Gods will". I find it a little fucked up that any god would subject his/her people to things mentioned in this book! Ralph reckons that what happens to thes
Dani W
This book is definitely scary and has shaken me up while I've read it. Ralph Sarchie is a diehard Catholic and really pushes his beliefs throughout the book. However, he pushes them because he genuinely believes them. I had to trick myself into thinking this was a work of fiction just to help me sleep through the night (which I didn't, btw). I didn't find his zealousness annoying. In fact, it has made me question my own lack of belief (although you won't see me being reborn any time soon).

Now, w
Desiree Deyampert
First off, if you don't believe in God, you are not going to get it. It might pull you into wanting to know more though, because the author does an excellent job in comparing evil in all it's forms to what he's seen as a police officer. Being the child of one, I have even more respect for Sarchie, it takes strength to deal with the ugly things a cop sees, and adding in those people dealing with things most of us have never seen (other in the movies), it is remarkable that he isn't totally broken ...more
Deliver Us from Evil by Ralph Sarchie recounts his experiences with exorcism. He retells each case in a detailed manner that creates a vivid experience for the reader. However, I found the constant flash backs to other cases a bit distracting. The author does take the time to explain the importance of belief as a defense measure in a very satisfying way and how regular people can become exposed to evil experience. I enjoyed the book and found it to be informative.
I really wanted to love this book. However, the writing was terrible and the author repeated several of his points with EVERY SINGLE STORY. Plus, I feel like he is following the rules that he WANTS to follow rather than follow what the Catholic Church actually teaches... I don't know. I LOVE books like this, but this one just didn't have the same effect...
Po dlhom boji a niekoľkých zlých snoch sa mi konečne podarilo knihu dočítať.
Sama zo seba som prekvapená, ako dlho som s ňou bojovala, lebo vážne hororové filmy zbožňujem a videla som aj dosť filmov o exorcizme, ale asi je rozdiel si o tom pozrieť nejaký upravený americký film, ako si o tom prečítať knihu. Inak si to neviem vysvetliť.
Viac na blogu, ak sa z toho vôbec spamätám. :D :D :D
Kelly Murphy
Excellent book!!!

I could not put this book down!! Ralph Sarchie tells you like it is in his down to earth, humbling approach to the reader. Truly a great man, hope to have the pleasure of making his acquaintance someday.
Jaime Contreras
Mr. Ralph Sarchie, an NYC police officer speaks as a layman and a devout Catholic. His voice is an important one in the world of spiritual warfare because he began as a sceptical Roman Catholic. He saw and experienced phenomena that only strengthened his faith and acceptance of a battle between the Devil and God. His street approach to this world is refreshing and engaging. I recommend this to all police officers, social workers and professional in the criminal justice system. Whether they know ...more
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