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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764343203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764343209
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Hope first experienced the paranormal while growing up in the Isle of Man in the British Isles. Later, while serving as a police officer in some of the most haunted locations in the U.S., his ghostly encounters continued.

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I thought that this book was well written and a very interesting insight into a very unusual subject.

I look forward to Paul Hope's next work and will be sure to get myself a copy to add to what I hope will be a collection.

Fantastic - I just couldn't put it down once I started reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shiver up the spine! 26 April 2014
By J. Gardiner - Published on
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*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I'll start out by saying that I don't live in USA, nor am I American, so I have no idea of the history behind the Virginia State Capitol Building, nor do I even know what it is really. :D However, that doesn't matter with this book. If you're interested in true ghost tales, this one is an absolute ripper. Some of these tales sent shivers down my spine, because as fascinated as I am by ghost stories, I really really don't want to be standing in a dark room with only a flashlight and hear or see anything. *grin* And the fact that these police officers do it night after night, patrolling the area in the dark, despite having had "experiences" before, has me taking my hat off to them. Cos I'm pretty sure I'd be running out of the place screaming my head off like a girly girl the very first time I heard an unexplained noise or saw a ghostly figure.

I just love reading true ghost tales. But that's not to say that I always believe every one of them 100%. I always look for a natural explanation; however as Sherlock Holmes says "[ ]..when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth". There are times when there simply is no natural scientific explanation.

Paul Hope was a police officer with the Virginia Division of the Capitol Police, and he worked the graveyard shift. Meaning he patrolled the grounds and building at night, in the dark! Braver person than I am, that's for sure. In his book, he details not only his own experiences, but those of other police officers. From unexplained noises and voices, footsteps, and full body apparitions, he writes in an extremely polished manner of his fellow officers explaining things they cannot explain.

Let's face it - these are police officers. These are law enforcement agents. They are trained to observe and look for explanations. So when you have a bunch of them talking about what they saw and felt and heard, and they can only put it down to a paranormal experience, you start to think. These aren't a bunch of giggly teenagers walking through a dark cemetery for a dare, where they are just waiting for something to happen. These are trained officers who are on the look out for intruders and security issues in very important buildings, where when they hear/see something, they investigate immediately. When they hear a bunch of voices coming from a room, their first thought is "intruders" and they move immediately to the area, expecting to find people where they should not be. And when they get in the room and the voices instantly stop and no-one is there and they search for exits where the people could have got out and they don't find any and there is no physical evidence someone was in the room....well, you gotta wonder. :D

Just don't do what I did, and read it in bed at night. My lamp was on till morning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An interesting journey into the unknown 21 April 2014
By Ionia Martin - Published on
This book is narrated by the author in a very conversational and relaxed style. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic when it comes to the paranormal, author Paul Hope is a good storyteller and will likely keep your interest for the duration of this book.

I liked this book for many reasons, but one of my favourite things about it was the author's standpoint on the things he had witnessed and the stories he recounted from other people he worked with. He didn't try to make you believe what he was saying, and came at the issue from the angle of an observer without trying to be convincing. This made the things he recalled seem much more believable.

There is a good mix of interesting stories in this book and a lot of people who came forth with impressions and events from their own experiences. I enjoyed listening to the author recount his earliest experiences with the paranormal and how he became interested in the subject. There are also a lot of photos of the areas he describes in the book, giving this a visual assist that the reader can enjoy aside from the well written text.

Overall I thought this was a good book and am happy to recommend it to others who have an interest in the Virginia Capitol buildings or the paranormal. This would be a fun book to have if you were planning a trip to Virginia.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A solid read for fans of true ghost encounters 12 May 2014
By Majanka - Published on
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In Policing the Paranormal, author Paul Hope tells us about the hauntings going on in Virginia, especially in the Virginia State Capitol. Since I’m not an American, and have been nowhere near Virginia ever in my life, I started out knowing absolutely zero about the Virginia State Capitol Building or its surroundings, but I got a good impression from it based on Paul Hope’s descriptions. And well, even if I hadn’t, I’m not here for a sightseeing tour – I’m here for some ghost stories. And boy, I definitely got enough of those.

Paul Hope was a police officer himself, who worked the graveyard shift in the Virginia State Capitol Building. So some of the stories are his own, others he heard from colleagues. He tells all the stories in a down-to-earth style, which makes them sound all the more believable. The stories aren’t over hte top either, they’re what you’d expect from a standard type of haunting. Creeping doors, disembodied voices, you know the drill.

As a downside though, it took about thirty pages before I felt really invested into the book. It had a slow start. But once I passed those first thirty-so pages, I just had to keep on reading.

A solid read for fans of true ghost encounters. The writing needed some work here and there, but I enjoyed it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 14 May 2014
By S. Mahaffey - Published on
One will find out the author's experience with the paranormal as well as other people. The author does not preach that you must believe in the paranormal. The experiences that he tells are written in a way that I found myself thinking that his explanations of why he and co-workers experiences are paranormal rather than "normal." I found myself agreeing with the author that the experiences were definitely not normal. It appeared to me that it was paranormal.

This book will not scare you. You won't jump out of your chair, but you will enjoy reading it. I hope that if he continues with discovering paranormal experiences that he will be so kind as to write another book about i

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
WOW!!! 8 Aug. 2014
By Bekah Awesome Book Nut - Published on
Ok for those who like REAL stories then this is for you. This book was fascinating! It's just one man's experiences with REAL paranormal activity! I couldn't put it down!

I don't like horror but this was different, it wasn't scary exactly (and I scare easily) it was just, relaxed. I felt like the author was just sitting down with me chatting about his experiences and I really liked that aspect of this book.

Paul, a graveyard shift Police Officer for the Virginia State Capital, would patrol the building and grounds all night. Something I wouldn't be able to do simply because my mind would play tricks on me to the point I think I would pass out, and after reading this book I can honestly say I will never work graveyard even for Walmart.

Again this book isn't scary-unless you're planning on reading this at night- you'll read real stories of paranormal activity it really goes to show that sometimes the dead don't really leave a specific place for whatever reason. Stories of mysterious orbs, actual reflections of ghosts, footsteps, crowds of voices, moving furniture etc. Anything you can think of this book just about has it all. It's insanely cool!

With illustrations to help really put in persecutive where things happen and paint a picture for you it was just overall really neat to read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes good story telling.
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