Father Thomas Garrity is a Catholic priest who unexpectedly comes face to face with a horrific demon. Through fate or demonic manipulation, he winds up substituting for a prison chaplain who mysteriously committed suicide and was counseling a serial killer condemned on death row. Garrity meets with the convict, who at first is mute, and then ...Read MoreFather Thomas Garrity is a Catholic priest who unexpectedly comes face to face with a horrific demon. Through fate or demonic manipulation, he winds up substituting for a prison chaplain who mysteriously committed suicide and was counseling a serial killer condemned on death row. Garrity meets with the convict, who at first is mute, and then becomes all too talkative, claiming to be a demon. A naive Father Garrity assumes he is dealing with a schizophrenic. Truly possessed by the demon Furfur, the inmate begins his attack on Father Garrity. As all Catholic priests, Garrity is uneducated and unskilled at confronting the supernatural, much less a demon. This demon is intent on destroying Garity's faith in God through any means possible. The one problem is that this "inmate" will be executed in a week, so time is of the essence. At first Garrity thinks that he must only survive until the execution, but then finds he will become hunted afterward by a demon that will transfer to a whole new body. Furfur, a documented fallen angel taken from demonology, initially attempts to overwhelm Garrity with his knowledge and history. Failing, he escalates his efforts to violence, and eventually murders. Father Garrity, as all common parish priests, is inexperienced, but is desperate to defeat this demon, even though his path is crammed with obstacles. He is surrounded by non-believers and a Catholic organization that has created an impossible bureaucracy which frowns on the very mention of exorcism. The demon Furfur intends to deliver the soul of this convict to hell and then transfer himself to another person and continue to torment the priest. Father Garrity finds that Furfur, in documented demonology, ranks high in the hierarchy of hell and has 150,000 demons at his command. Although in prison, Furfur can torture the priest through hurting those close to him simply by using his legions. Father Garrity reaches out to the Vatican and eventually enlists the help of the official head Exorcist. He is also aided by an unofficial American exorcist. Their realization that the limited time until the execution is nowhere near adequate for an exorcism, makes for an unsolvable dilemma.Read Less
This is an outstanding written story about demonic possession in a prisoner who is sentenced to death by lethal injection. One pastor who was assigned this prisoner leaps or is pushed from a high rise to his death. The new pastor takes over and experiences a battle of wits among one of the highest demons of all called Furfur who has legions of followers. The pastor has one hour a day for one week until the execution and at first tries to witness to the prisoner. The prisoner is possessed and reportedly killed abour 27 women and children with no remorse.
There are many well written characters in this story that keeps the reading very interesting and exciting! It's like a roller coaster ride! I finished in three days but had to read the ending again because it really caught me by surprise! I'm not going to spoil it so don't skip to the ending and expect the unexpected!
There's a nice short bio on Ed Becker at the end of the book. Ed speaks Latin which is incorporated in some of the dialogue between the demon and the priests. There is a lot of truth written in this story as Ed has experienced demonic and ghostly occurences in real life. If you haven't read True Haunting it's a must read.
Banished would make an excellent movie. So would True Haunting! I hope to see some of Ed's books made into movies starting with True Haunting first because this was the scariest true story I've ever read bar none.
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