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  • Paperback: 477 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins,Australia; Reissue edition (31 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006065337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060653378
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun 1999
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A well written, well researched explanation of the Catholic rite of exorcism as well as being a compelling story. Martin reviews five recent (70's) exorcisms in the U.S. and explains the different degrees of possession. I found myself developing a certain empathy for the possessed and praying for the exorcism to be successful.
The book is a compelling read and will capture your attention from the opening pages.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 July 2001
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I reccomend this book to anyone interested in the subject of demonic possession and exorcism. The book has a copy of the Catholic ritual of exorcism, along with extensive notes and information including prayers and several short essays. The only fault I found with this book was the reporting of the 5 cases themselves. Written as one might write a novel, these cases appear alomst fictional. Not that this is much of a problem, and it certainly makes the book more interesting to read, but I felt like I was reading a story rather than a true-life situation. Nevertheless, the many detailed sections of the book, combined with a non-preachy style make it a good buy for anyone interested in the subject matter.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LJK on 12 Dec 2005
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I have read a number of books on the subject of possession and exorcism and not one has come close to this seminal work. I would personally recommend this to anyone interested in this subject. An incident in this book particuarly startled me as I had experience of it and was very surprised to find it mentioned in one of the accounts. It is something that noone could guess at but only someone who experienced it. I have read some critiques on this book but I can say without reservation that I believe these accounts are accurate. Malachi Martin writes with compassion and skill. He has done a great service to many by writing his book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 1999
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'Hostage to the Devil' is an incredibly frightening read.
It is not flashy. It will never be made into a movie.
'Hostage to the Devil' tells of true stories of possession in a manner of fact manner that is creepy beyond my ability to describe.
Malachi Martin is an excellent writer, I recommend all of his books. This book shows Martin smart enough to stand back and not try and add anything to material that on it's own will effect the reader in ways that one can not easily forget.
'Hostage to the Devil' is a very scary, truly terrifying book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Highlander on 2 Feb 2009
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I would have given this book ten stars if I could have. This book should be compulsory reading for everybody. It casts a light on this all too real unseen world of evil, a world that like it or not exists. The old saying comes to mind 'know thy enemy'.
This could very well be the best book ever written on the subject and is an immense help to anyone who takes their salvation seriously.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun 1999
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I don't quite understand what Malachi Martin is trying to achieve, but this book seems to have an eerie feeling surrounding it. From beginning to end, it breaks down the defences of the mind, and ends all logical reason.
I have had a profound change since reading this book, mentally and socially. The book has a frightening grasp, and almost demands to be read after finishing the first few pages. Feelings of guilt and terror accompany any reading. I truely feel that this book does more harm than good for the reader. Nonetheless, i cannot give it anything below 5 stars. Malachi Martin acheives something more from this than any ordinary book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb 2000
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I was interested to read that so many other reviewers found this book frightening, but then I did not read it at night but during my lunch breaks at work. It is without doubt the best analysis of possession I have ever read. Most books on this topic treat exorcism like a walk in the park but I think this book tells it like it is however, I've only seen one possessed person so I'm no expert...It also leads out the thinking to the broader implications of the spiritual realm and in this day and age it is a place often forgotten...but actually central to our destiny.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Fox on 10 April 2008
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This book is excellent - it forces the reader to re-examine their strict adherence to the world of scientific rationality in which we now live, and opens doors to a world many would never think possible and yet which is vital that we take notice of. Martin provides the stories and details of the possession and excorcism of five people in a straight-forward manner that nonetheless omits nothing.
As a strict believer that the forces of evil are grossly misunderstood and under-studied aspects of out daily lives, I found this book very useful, and would reccommend it to anybody who has a similar interest, to anybody who wishes to learn of true demonic possession, and to anyone foolish enough to believe that good and evil/angels and demons are nothing more than myths or words.
A rivotting read, and definately not one for those of nervous disposition, or those ill prepared to be introduced to evil.
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