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Devil in the Delta: A Ghost Hunter's Most Terrifying Case ... to Date Paperback – May 8, 2013
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Rich Newman (Tennessee) has been investigating the paranormal for over ten years and is the founder of the group Paranormal Inc. His articles have appeared in Haunted Times and Paranormal Underground. Learn more about his investigations at http://www.paranormalincorporated.com.
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As someone that not only is utterly fascinated with the paranormal, but also pretty creeped out by it, requesting `Devil in the Delta' to read from Netgalley was a no brainer. Before the slew of paranormal tv shows filled up my PVR box time, I was picking up every ghost hunting book I could get my hands on.
At one point in time, I even considered a friend's invitation to join his paranormal research and investigation group here in Toronto, but I have to admit that I am too much of a chicken s*** to face any potential activity face to face. I already find myself shivering under the covers almost every time I watch an episode of Ghost Adventures.
This novel was very interesting, and reads more like a ghost hunter's `How To' or more accurately, "What We Do". Written by a member of Paranormal Inc., he not only accounts one of his most unforgettable cases, but also the events that led to his fascination with obtaining evidence of life after death - his own experiences in his childhood home. You get some snippets of other memorable investigations, but this book centers around the Martin Residence primarily. The novel itself, though detailing true accounts of evidence, experiences and interviews of this case, is not really that scary. I got the distinct impression that it wasn't his intent to scare his audience either, but more to educate the reader on the realities of paranormal investigation.
I admit that I was hopeful for some hair-raising moments when I started reading this novel, and was a tad disappointed that I didn't get what I hoped for. In fact, immediately after ending this book, I watched an episode of Ghost Adventures to get that thrill.
That being said, do not dismiss this novel because it may not have given me the creeps. If you are interested or fascinated by the paranormal, this book was still very entertaining and raised some very good questions and gives you very good information. As well as a good insight into what investigating the paranormal is all about. Mainly, a whole lot of boredom, with the rare burst of adrenaline when you do encounter something that may not be easily explained.
It is, and has always been, a very fascinating field for me, and I am sure a lot of people. The author ends this book with links to his website (Paranormal Inc.) with promises of links to the EVPs that he discusses in the book, as well as links to other cases his group has worked on. I guarantee you that I will be spending a couple of afternoons scaring myself with goodies off his site.
I say afternoon, because I really am a little chicken s***. I won't be doing that at night. LOL
* I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher via NetGalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
1- The promo says "Newman’s investigation of the Martin house has become his most terrifying and mysterious case to date" Not even close,he was never really scared let alone his most terrifying
2- "What starts out as a malicious assault quickly spirals into a story of obsession, possession, witchcraft, and murder" There was no assault,no one was ever possessed unless they mean possessed of crack,no witchcraft,unless someone drawing a fake lame ouija board with a bic pen is witchcraft,and no one was murdered,someone 100 years prior MAY HAVE BEEN murdered but probably not.
3- "When the evidence becomes overwhelming, long-buried memories from Newman’s past come back to haunt him" What becomes overwhelming is his boredom,pouring of tens of hours of evidence only to find nothing,in fact he is so bored(along with the reader) that he has to tell a story of a supposed haunting incident from his past(which also is not scary at all)
4- "Collecting physical evidence, researching the violent history of the property, and interviewing the world’s most famous demonologists, Newman’s investigation of the Martin house plunges him into the darkest depths of the unknown" No physical evidence was ever collected,violent history of the property was hearsay, and the darkest depths of the unknown they refer to are the depths a bunch of crackheads will go to,to fabricate evidence to get a movie made about them.
So if any of that stuff interests you,by all means,read this book,its really about how 99 times out of 100 you find absolutely nothing in a investigation and the one other time its probably being faked by the people that called you. If your looking for a terribly frighting horror story,this isnt it