Monday, May 2, 2016

{Book Review} The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland by Brandon Callahan

The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland
by Brandon Callahan
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Released: August 8th 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
How I got it: NetGalley

In the northeast corner of Oklahoma, where the deadly path known as the Trail of Tears ended and where one of the world's large clusters of ley lines intersect, there's a place of extreme paranormal activity that has received little attention from the outside world. Join Brandon Callahan and his crew as they investigate the horrifying legacy of a bloody and brutal past, where generations of families have been terrorized by ghosts, demons, UFOs, little people, Bigfoot, and countless other paranormal manifestations.

Teaming up with a family who has been driven from their land, Brandon and his crew discover energies that have no fear. As dark forces begin taking hold of the investigators' lives, Brandon must attempt to salvage what's left of his team's—and his own—sanity.

Review: This is the second book of Mr Callahan's that I have read, I think he is a wonderful author. I enjoy Mr Callahan's way of offering up his stories, laying out his and his group's experiences, say here it is believe or not this is what happened to me. After having read The House Where Evil Lurks: A Paranormal Investigator's Most Frightening Encounter I found some of the risks Mr Callahan took to be surprising. For example investigating alone, knowing what kind of activity the house was capable of.
The investigation of the property spans a couple years, bringing in not only Mr Callahan's team but other teams as well to look into the claims. I did feel slightly skeptical, because of the over abundance of activity. We have knocking, EVP's, ghost box recordings, faces in windows, a house that is possibly willfully falling on the investigators, Bigfoot related activity, UFO type activity, little people and of course demons. Even with the land's history, legends, and ley lines, it seems like a lot of stuff going on in one area.
That aside, I will say that this book brings about an important point on the Trail of Tears and the treatment of the Native Americans during that time period. The scene portraying that era were chilling, and done in such detail that I don't doubt Mr Callahan's dreams on the matter.
While I am skeptical on points of the story, which I have to say reading it second hand makes it hard not to be, when you're dealing with thing that can be subjective such as EVP's and sightings. I still enjoy reading the accounts and feel Mr Callahan does a great job documenting his investigations. Overall a very enjoyable and at times chilling read.


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