Book Review: Spirits of the Cage by Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell

Title: Spirits of the Cage
Author: Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell
Genre: Nonfiction, True Haunting, Ghosts & Hauntings
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 3,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When single mother Vanessa Mitchell moved into a historic cottage in Essex, she had no idea that a paranormal nightmare was about to unfold. The cottage, known as The Cage, used to imprison those accused of witchcraft back in the 1500s. From her first day living there, Vanessa saw apparitions walk through her room, heard ghostly growls, and was even slapped and pushed by invisible hands.

Unable to handle the dark phenomena after three years, Vanessa moved out and paranormal investigator Richard Estep moved in. Spirits of the Cage chronicles the years that Vanessa and Richard spent in The Cage, uncovering the frightening and fascinating mysteries of the angry spirits who lurk within it.

In Spirits of the Cage, investigator Richard Estep and his team of US and UK-based investigators heads off for a stay at  The Cage, a haunted medieval prison now turned into a cottage. Back in the 1500s, The Cage had been used to imprison those accused of witchcraft, who later met a grisly fate, being killed often by hanging.

Nevertheless, single mother Vanessa Mitchell bought the cottage several years ago. First, she lived in it with a friend, and even during those times, they witnessed several paranormal events, like objects moving on their own, a death certificate of the previous owner showing up out of nowhere, apparitions, even shadow people and ghostly growls. But when Vanessa’s friend moved out, leaving her alone in the house, things got progressively worse. And when Vanessa became pregnant, she basically barricaded herself in a single room in the house, refusing to go anywhere else. Things got even worse when her child was born.

Part of the book is told from Vanessa’s POV, through flashbacks. The other parts involve the investigation carried out by Richard Estep and his team. Through various methods, one more scientifically accurate than the other, from Ouija boards to letting the ghosts move the body of one of the investigators, over the course of several days, the team investigates the haunting. No real conclusions are given though, and by the end we don’t know much more about the spirits living in The Cage.

I liked reading about the investigation, the different methods they used, and I also enjoyed Vanessa’s story about what she went through. Some of the events seemed a little over the top, but since it apparently happened to lots of people, I’m willing to give the story the benefit of the doubt. However, I would’ve liked to read more historical research about The Cage, and it surprised me neither Vanessa nor the investigators did a lot of historical research prior to entering The Cage, or Vanessa during the time she was there.

The writing was a bit sloppy at times, but I didn’t mind that much. The book was entertaining and some parts were even scary – the part about the old woman looking like a mannequin staring out of the top window at passersby in vehicles, that part really terrified me. I get goosebumps even thinking about it.


Book Review: Ghost Box by Chris & Paulette Moon

Title: Ghost Box
Author: Chris Moon & Paulette Moon
Genre: Nonfiction, Ghosts & Hauntings
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 1 star
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Chris Moon was the first investigator to use the celebrated device known as the ghost box to facilitate real-time two-way communication with the spirit world. In Ghost Box, Chris shares the extraordinary spiritual contacts he’s made with the box during investigations of famous haunted locations such as the Sallie House and the The Lizzie Borden House, and when using the box to communicate with Abraham Lincoln and JFK, shadow people, UFOs, and spirits that want to talk during his frequent gallery readings.
Based on Thomas Edison’s designs for the “Telephone to the Dead,” the ghost box—also called Frank’s Box after it’s designer Frank Sumption—has been used to communicate with an incredible variety of spirits and astral beings. This book shares the fascinating story of how Frank’s Box came to be and explores the startling truths behind the spirit world’s plans and techniques for fostering contact with paranormal investigators, psychics, and people from all walks of life.

Ghost Box is hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s hilarious because the claims stated within the book are so over the top, so outrageous, so out of this world that it’s hard to take anything the author says (or the authors say, considering this book is written by two authors, a mom and son duo), seriously. At the same time it’s heartbreaking because these authors host sessions that supposedly connect people with their deceased loved ones, through a device that can scarcely accomplish such a thing, and through wild interpretations of what the device says.

So the ghost box, the number one topic of this book, was created by Frank Sumption, which is  why it’s often called “Frank’s Box”. The ghost box is based upon a model created by Thomas Edison, the famous scientist’s “telephone to the dead” (which by all accounts and as far as I can tell based on my research) was never even a concept Edison worked on. Anyway, Frank supposedly created this device and by flipping through random radio channels and frequencies, ghosts can pick a frequency and then somehow communicate with ghosts. I’m no scientist,  but I wouldn’t have minded a more thorough explanation of how the device works. We do get a few pictures of the ghost box version 1, 2, 3 and so on, but no clear explanation of what exactly the device does and how it operates.

Chris and Paulette Moon and their team are wholeheartedly convinced the ghost box communicates with the dead. They travel across the USA trying to share that vision. They often do readings in public for large groups, and then also do private readings that some internet research told me are rather pricey. I understand having to cover costs and a wage for oneself to live on, but if you’re doing this out of the goodness of your heart, then you shouldn’t charge exorbitant prices. Just my opinion. I hope for the people who connected with their loved ones through this device that they in fact did connect with the people they loved, and that this isn’t some kind of scam.

Moving on, the ghost box I’m willing to accept up to some degree. I don’t know how it works, the way explained to me in the book I’m quite skeptical off, but whatever, I’m no scientist and no medium so I’m giving the author the benefit of the doubt there. Not so much on all his other claims.

The author uses the ghost box to connect with famous people who’ve passed away. Lizzie Borden in the Lizzie Borden house, for example. The ghost of Sallie in the Sallie House (well, not that famous but most paranormal investigators have heard of this case). Two girls who were murdered in what is now an inn. And… don’t fall of your chair. JFK. John F. Kenny. The late president. And Thomas Edison himself. And JFK’s wife too, by the way.

As you can imagine, my skepticism grew with every chapter. JFK revealed his murder was a conspiracy right after the author had a hunch the murder didn’t happen the way it was shown in a museum near the murder location. Lizzie Borden never said if she did or didn’t kill her parents, and the author apparently didn’t even ask – he was too busy having a shouting match with Lizzie’s father. Thomas Edison showed him how to improve the ghost box.

Oh, did I mention the aliens? He was able to communicate with aliens using the ghost box. So either those aliens are on the same frequency as the deceased, or NASA should buy a ghost box. Like, right now.

Each story got more and more sensational, and I grew more and more skeptical. In the end, I was just rolling my eyes. It’s these sensational stories that make me question if the ghost box works at all. I would’ve been far more eager to believe it did had the sensationalism been cast aside, but it’s quite obvious the author wants to use this book to become famous and book more readings rather than actually help people with deceased loved ones.

I did some research and found an article online about someone who went to one of Chris Moon’s readings and saw the ghost box in action, and was rather dissapointed by its use. The box was just babbling things, and Chris Moon was apparently the only one who could make out what the spirits were saying. The spirits didn’t act very credible either, not in the way you’d expect spirits to act.

I’ve seen other paranormal investigators use the ghost box, admist other tools like EVP, heat cameras, the flashlight test, and so on, where the results are mixed. As you can expect in any paranormal investigation, sometimes the ghost box does seem to allow people to talk to sentient beings (possibly spirits) and sometimes it’s just gibberish. Just like those other tests sometimes work and sometimes don’t work. Ghosts aren’t always ready to play.

While the book didn’t change my opinion of the ghost box, and I also feel like I don’t know much more about it, I’m more than a little skeptical about ghost boxes now.

Book Review: Confrontation with Evil by Steven A. LaChance

30268338Title: Confrontation with Evil
Author: Steven A. LaChance
Genre: Nonfiction, True Haunting, Exorcisms
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 2 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Known as the 1949 St. Louis Exorcism, the story of possessed child Roland Doe was immortalized in the groundbreaking novel and film The Exorcist. Much has been written about the case, but the truth has been shrouded in secrecy…until now.
Join Steven A. LaChance, as he shares the shocking evidence for how a family’s grief over the death of an aunt progressed into a full-blown demonic possession. While the conventional story is that Roland Doe brought the demonic infestation upon himself, LaChance convincingly suggests an alternative interpretation, and provides new insights into the nature of possession itself.
The events of 1949 culminated in grueling exorcism rites, but the story doesn’t end there as LaChance guides readers through the stunning aftermath that forever changed the Catholic church and the city of St. Louis.

In Confrontation with Evil, Steven A. LaChance investigates the 1949 exorcism on Ronald Doe (pseudonym), a young boy who suffered terrible fits, and was seemingly under demonic possessoin. This case inspired the 1973 movie, The Exorcist. LaChance researches the people involved in the case, their motivations (from the boy’s mother, who seemingly deliberately contacted spirits or demons, to the priests putting their own souls on the line to help the boy). One of the priests left a diary of the events, and through that diary, LaChance discusses what happened to the boy.

The last third of the book is spent on a rundown of the places involved in the exorcism, which the author visits now decades later. He even manages to find some paranormal evidence in some of the places, and communicates with a spirit who he believes to be Father Bowdern, one of the priests involved in the case who passed away.

Now, while sometimes bordering on being entertaining, overall the book is kind of dry. It doesn’t really offer a lot of new info, especially to people who’ve read or investigated anything related to exorcisms before. It’s just a feeling of ‘same old, same old’. There’s no real emotion behind it. First that happened, then that happened, but the author never really manages to make any of the people involved sound realistic in his writing. I know it’s nonfiction, but I can’t sympathize with people if I just hear a rundown of what they did. “The boy had a seizure, the boy had a fit, the boy cussed”, and so on, doesn’t really make me sympathize with the boy. The writing just wasn’t on par, and didn’t make me feel involved in the case.

The author also comes up with some wild – really, really wild- theories, starting with how the mother invited the demon into their house (which I was somewhat willing to believe) to the Vatican willingly allowing the devil to possess a priest so they could do research, to the devil infiltrating in the Vatican itself, which was just waaaay too far-fetched for me.

Also, repetition. Some parts of the book were really drawn out, and repetitive. If you don’t know anything about the exorcism case, this is a good place to start, but if you’re already quite aware of what happened in 1949, you won’t learn a lot of new things.

Book Review: Haunted Plantations of the South by Richard Southall

24808097Title: Haunted Plantations of the South

Author: Richard Southall

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting, Ghosts & Hauntings

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 2 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When you hears the word “plantations,” most people think of grand homes with pillars and sweeping staircases. These houses of grandeur were located all through the South in the days before the Civil War, and there are some that still resonate with the loveliness they had in their heyday. These majestic homes have a long history, and some of those who lived in these homes remain today. The ghosts of soldiers, slaves, and the elite family who lived in the plantation homes still wander the halls.

Richard Southall explores gorgeous plantation homes and those that are abandoned and in decay to present a colorful history of the ghosts that linger there.

In Haunted Plantations of the South, author Richard Southall describes various plantations from the south (as the title suggests), and the ghost stories connected to them. The book first describes various building styles, which I thought was interesting and a nice touch, and then the book is divided in chapters, a chapter per state: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and so on. Each chapter focuses on a handful of plantations, in short describing the history (who built it, who bought it after, what happened to the plantation during the Civil War), and then on a few of the ghost stories connected with the plantation. The book reads more like a summary than anything else, a rundown of potentially-haunted places. Each plantation gets a page or two, some a little more, some a little less. None of the information is very memorable, and in fact, the book is quite boring and bland. It reads too clynical, like a history book.

It feels like the author tried to focus on too much at once, without giving enough details. Had he focused on four or five plantations, really done his research about them (and with that, I mean also actual ghost hunting research, as in visiting the plantations, listening for EVPs, and conducting his own investigation), then it would be much more interesting. Now the book reads like a boring travel guide.

Also, what’s annoying is that occasionally the book mentions “oh yeah, someone took a great picture of a ghost here”. Great. Now show it. But the book has no images (except one or two at the start), so it doesn’t really say much if you casually mention a great picture exists of a ghost but then you don’t show it. Also, pictures of the plantations would’ve been great too – even if it’s nothing but a ruin.

Usually when I read these types of books, I get a chill, here, I got bored. After a while, even the ghost stories start to sound similar. The writing is as dispassionate as the rest of the book. Not a memorable book, I’m afraid.

Book Review: Missing & Presumed Dead by Gale St. John and Diana Montané

18579782Title: Missing & Presumed Dead: A Psychic’s Search for Justice

Author: Gale St. John and Diana Montané

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting, Ghosts and Hauntings

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This fascinating look into the life and case studies of one of America’s most well-known psychic crime profilers offers readers a rare insider’s perspective on a dramatic world most people have only seen on television. Psychic sleuth Gale St. John has helped find missing persons from Ohio to Kathmandu, with victims ranging from innocent young children to Mafia bosses. Gale reveals how she is able to tune in to a missing person, describing what she sees, hears, and feels whether the individual is alive or not. One woman’s spirit relayed information that saved her roommate’s life. Another spirit, whose physical remains Gale helped locate, now helps her with other cases. Some of these stories made national headlines, a few cases are still unsolved. Each extraordinary account sheds light on the mysterious world of the psychic detective.

In Missing & Presumed Dead, Gale St. John talks about her experiences as a psychic working with law enforcement, where she helps find missing people. She works along with police officers, or sometimes takes on jobs all on her own. The victims she tracks down range from children to Mafia bosses, to innocent housewives. Gale St. John reveals her methods: how she tunes in to a missing person, how she follows her senses, describes what she sees, hears and feels to get an idea of where the person is at and if he/she is still alive. And most of all, this book shows that the dead aren’t always just gone, and that they might help solve their own murder, even from beyond the grave.

The writing was excellent for this type of book, and Gale always stayed down-to-earth. I liked how she took up the initiative to train dogs to help her find missing persons – alive and dead. A lot of time goes into training those dogs, but for Gale, it’s truly a pasison, a calling in life, to help those who have disappeard, and their families, so she trains her dogs, every week, year in, year out. Truly admirable.

I did find a lot of the focus of the book was on the dogs. And although interesting at times, I wanted to read more about the psychic cases, about the missing persons. Training dogs is a vital part of that, I understand, but the focus should’ve been on Gale being a medium, and how she locates her victims.

All in all, a good read, and different than I’m used to. I like to read about true hauntings, but missing cases solved by a psychic, I’m digging that topic as well.


Book Review: The Ghost in the Coal Cellar by Andrea Mesich

18579813Title: The Ghost in the Coal Cellar
Author: Andrea Mesich
Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting, Ghosts and Hauntings
Rating: 4 sstars
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This unique guide takes the reader along on real paranormal investigations into several haunted locations, including Mission Point Resort, the Paulding Lights, the First Ward School House, and individual homes. Author and paranormal investigator Andrea Mesich presents the details of each investigation from start to finish. She describes the ghosts or entities involved, offers colorful historical details about each haunted place or object, and shares both eyewitness accounts and her own personal insights into the paranormal occurrences. Readers will learn about different types of hauntings and how to identify them.

The author also addresses some of the paranormal world’s most misunderstood topics and frequently asked questions, such as why hauntings seem to happen mostly at night, how to distinguish a true EVP from a natural sound, and whether or not using a Ouija Board is dangerous.

The Ghost in the Coal Cellar takes a scientific approach to hauntings. Andrea Mesich starts out by offering the history of a supposedly-haunted location. Then she describes the location or object, the entities supposedly haunting it, and she shares eyewitness accounts. This build up makes sure that there’s something for everyone. For the history buffs, there’s the historical background, which additionally gives insight into the haunting. The eyewitness accounts are kind of like urban legends, and entertaining to read. But the most intriguing part are the paranormal investigations themselves.

Tons of places Andrea mentions in her book, she’s visited herself, and conducted a paranormal investigation in them. This offers an intriguing insight, and a nice end to each chapter. I liked the mix of science, history, and the author’s own experiences: it’s a mix that works every time. The author is also very thorough in her investigation, and visit some locations several times to get a clear idea of what’s going on there. She also tried scientific approaches first, and looked for logical explanations.

The writing is great, and a lot of thought obviously went into how each chapter was created. The book overall reads like a very logical explanation of what’s going on. There’s also suggested further reading for those interested in the topic.

One of the best true haunting books I’ve read all year. A solid recommendation.

Book Review: Ghost Sanctuary by Becky J.

18616372Title: Ghost Sanctuary

Author: Becky J.

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting, Ghosts

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by PUYBT in exchange for an honest review.

Ghost Sanctuary is a factual accounting of a family’s struggle with ghosts living in their home. The book explains in detail the happenings faced by the family and their reaction to the invasion of the spirit realm into their own. The book contains fascinating photo and video evidence of what the family has and continues to experience. The author identifies how her own belief in God and the afterlife has helped her to overcome and understand the trials and tribulations of her family’s ordeal.

Ghost Sanctuary is a true account of one family’s struggle with the ghosts inhabiting their house. The author seems to have had several experiences with ghosts prior to moving in, but these experiences reach a climax while living in their current house. The author links the ghostly struggles with her own beliefs in God, and even looks to the bible for an explanation of what is going on, and how she should deal with the ghosts. Eventually, when the experiences get too bad, she even searches for other ways to get rid of the ghosts, trying herbs, candles, and other things she got from a local shop. Unfortunately it seems to agitate the spirits more than appease them.

The author also has had several paranormal investigator teams visit her house, to try and determine what is causing the paranormal phenomena. The experiences sound real and believable. They’re not too over the top, and the author has included heaps of evidence, like audio tracks, links to Youtube videos, and even pictures.

Now, let’s start with the good. The evidence is great. There are orb pictures, a picture of a dark shadow inside the house, the audio is clear, and the evidence really supports the author’s claim. For me, this was easily the most interesting thing about the book. The haunting itself is intriguing too, and it sounds believable – the haunting grew in strength over the years, seems completely random, and has increased because the author kept filming/taking photos, which usually leads to an increase of paranormal behavior. So, it makes sense.

The not-so-good was the writing. It’s obvious the author isn’t trained at writing, but an editor should’ve spotted the abundance of exclamation marks. It’s all told in a down-to-earth voice, kind of like the author is sitting next to you, and telling you the story. I got used to it after a while, but a thorough editing job could’ve helped wonders here.

There’s also a too-heavy emphasizes on religion, at least, for me. The author even goes as far as to quote bible verses. People who are devotedly religious might like this, but I had no need for it in a book about this topic. Also, the whole religion part might scare off people who enjoy reading true haunting accounts, but have no message in religion.

All in all, a decent book, and I liked browsing through the evidence presented.

Book Review: Forgotten Burial by Jodi Foster

20699958Title: Forgotten Burial

Author: Jodi Foster

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Haunting

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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When Jodi Foster returned to her California hometown with her young daughter, she never could have imagined the terror and confusion she experienced in the nights that followed. On top of her terrifyingly real nightmares of abduction and murder, Jodi witnessed lights flashing on and off, clocks going haywire, and her daughter’s doll repeatedly screaming, “I feel great!”

Forgotten Burial tells Jodi’s true paranormal story unraveling the mystery behind the unsolved case of a missing young woman, Madeline Isabella Johnson. After moving into Madeline’s last known residence, Jodi and her daughter reveal clues about what happened to the disappeared girl through ghostly encounters, vivid dreams, and divine intervention. Join Jodi on her reality-bending adventure as she works with police to bring justice to this disturbing, yet ultimately uplifting story.

In Forgotten Burial, Jodi Foster – not the actress – rented an apartment in her California hometown, and lived there along with her young daughter. She never imagined that the apartment was haunted. When lights turn on and offo n their own, her daughter’s wind-up doll starts screaming and Jodi begins having terrifying nightmares about a missing young woman, Madeline Isabella Johnson (name was changed, probably for privacy reasons), she begins tot suspect Madeline is reaching out from beyond the grave.

Working along with the police, Jodi tries to figure out what happened to Madeline, and what her connection is to a notorious couple, and to “The Girl in the Box”, Colleen Stan.

From that synopsis, you’d think the book is fiction. It’s not. It’s as non-fiction as it gets, a true encounter of Jodi’s nightmares about Madeline, the strange occurences in her apartment, and Madeline’s efforts to reach out from the beyond and try to get the truth out.

This is one of the best true haunting books I’ve read simply because it feels so real. Jodi is in contacts with the police about this, there’s a tie to a real-life case, so it sounds almost impossible not to be true. The writing was all right. The reader realizes early on Jodi is no real author, but more like a person who desperately wants to get their story out into the world. And you know what? I didn’t mind. This story is so good I had to read it. And Madeline deserves her justice, one way or another.

However, some things irked me. Why did Jodi wait so long to connect the dots, and to go to the police with her suspicions? If I’d led a semi-normal life up to some point, then moved into an apartment and started having vivid dreams about a murdered girl, and could somehow connect them to an actual disappearance, I’d be standing on the police’s doorstep in no time. Also, if I had such dreams several times after moving, I’d start investigating, and not wait until things got nearly out of hand. I can barely grasp how frustrating it must be for a spirit to put all your energy into contacting one person, and then have them do almost nothing for several months.

Plus, Jodi kept having dreams about a sign along the road, even getting coordinates at some point, if I recall correctly. She barely does anything with this info, except maybe tell the police about it. Considering how much Madeline told her from beyond the grave already, I’d probably just head over and start digging. I mean, come on, if a ghost contacts you for months, even years, then you have to act, not sit around and wait for things to explode.

Apart from my frustration about this – and I always wonder why people, in real life as well as in movies, tend to take so long before they do anything – I truly enjoyed reading this. I hope police manages to find Madeline, and that she finally has some rest, after all this time.

Book Review: This House is Haunted: True Encounters with the World Beyond by Hans Holzer

16000187Title: This House is Haunted: True Encounters with the World Beyond

Author: Hans Holzer

Genre: True Haunting, Non Fiction

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon, B&N

Review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

Join paranormal expert and storyteller extraordinaire Hans Holzer as he investigates the most famous, and infamous, real-life haunted houses

Perhaps no other paranormal situation captures our imagination more than a haunted house. The idea of sharing a home with the dead is unsettling for the current inhabitants, but according to professor Hans Holzer, it can be equally as upsetting to the ghost. In The House Is Haunted, Holzer explores more than eighty haunted houses—all over the United States and abroad—dissects their history, and speculates on the reasons the otherworldly inhabitants continue to stay in their earthly abodes.

This House is Haunted: True Encounters with the World Beyond tells us the adventures of paranormal investigator Hans Holzer and he visits haunted houses and gives detailed accounts of his experiences there. Hans Holzer is a firm believer in mediums, so he brings along a medium on each of his visits, and then compares what the medium experiences with historical records, and the experiences of people living in the haunted house. He has a compelling writing style, but in my opinion, the book is simply too long. Halfway through, I wanted it to end. The book is nothing more than a case-by-case rundown of all Holzer’s haunted house cases, and it gets kind of boring at the halfway mark. At the end, I was glad the book was done.

Holzer was a pioneer in paranormal research. He brought along video equipment, wrote down notes during interviews, cross-checked with historical facts, and used psychics to conduct paranormal research. His methods were thought-through and he tried to use scientific methods whenever he could. I was a bit dissapointed to see how much he relied on psychics, but to each their own. Some of the cases were very similar, and by the end I had trouble keeping them apart. The photographs were the most interesting parts of the book for me, even if it was mostly orbs, and I’m not a huge believer in orbs.

The book was detailed and fluently written, and it intrigued me because most of the cases described were from the sixties, when paranormal investigation was in its baby shoes.

Book Review: Battling Demons of Darkness by Brandon Boston

17436885Title: Battling Demons of Darkness

Author: Brandon Boston

Genre: True Haunting, Non-Fiction

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

Publication Date: September 8th, 2013

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon, Llewellyn Publications

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

During a seemingly ordinary Sunday church service when he was a young child, Brandon Boston experienced his first encounter with the paranormal–an exorcism. After that life-changing day, demons and dark spirits relentlessly haunted Brandon as he grew up. Now a young man determined to face his destiny, Brandon shares his true, first-hand stories of battling demons.

Join Brandon on his transformative journey from a terrified boy running from dark entities into a confident man whose purpose is to defeat them. Experience his terrifying encounters with demons. Meet the families he has helped escape their own hauntings. Discover how to fight evil spirits yourself. Battling Demons of Darkness will give you the inspiration needed to fight any entity of darkness in your life.

In Battling Demons of Darkness, Brandon Boston gives an account of his experiences battling evil spirits and even demons. He witnessed his first exorcism at his local church while being a small child. His account of the events is so strange I wonder if he maybe imagined it all, seeing as he was a little kid. I’m open-minded, so I’m willing to believe in exorcisms and demons, but I’ve never heard of any exorcism ever performed the way he described it in this book. Either way, that aside, Mr. Boston has been tormented by evil spirits almost his entire life.

I find it a bit peculiar that from all Goodreads reviews this book has gotten so far, mostly 5-stars, these all come from users without an avatar, who’ve rated between 1-18 books, and gave all other books low ratings. Almost like sockpuppet accounts. Or maybe friends from the author. This book certainly doesn’t warrant a 5-star rating, as far as I’m concerned.

Mr. Boston deals with all issues by using his faith. When a demon appears, he calls out to Jesus to help him. I have no problem with that, except that maybe Mr. Boston goes a step too far. For every person he meets who is visited by demons he comes up with the same explanation: wavering faith. Whenever his own faith wavers, he’s visited by tempting demons. Right. Then how come atheists aren’t constantly the target of a demonic attack? Or have the demons already succeeded with the atheists because they no longer believe in God and Jesus? Right. For some reason, I’m not buying that.

I think Mr. Boston is a bit too eager to blame everything on demons. Footsteps in the middle of the night when no one is around? Demons. Objects moving on their own? Demons. While most paranormal investigators would claim these phenomenons are caused by poltergeist, Mr. Boston is happy to blame everything wrong with this world on demons.

Evidence is scarce and pseudo-scientific. Not enough explanation was given for me to truly believe it, and I had trouble with the constant blaming everything bad that happened on demons. Bad things happen to people every day, not because those people are supposedly tempted by demons, but just because that’s life.

I liked the book, and it was well-written, but I had plenty of criticism on it as well. A nice read if you like books about demons and spirits, but a little too heavy on religion for me. Mr. Boston’s faith is strong, which is admirable, but doesn’t convince me demons are real or that everything he’s battling are demons.