I've not seen "Paranormal State" but I picked this up cos I like true ghost stories and ghost investigations.
What I enjoyed the most about this book is the level of detail. Ryan gives us the lowdown on how they became a tv show and the difficulties and process of doing an episode. That was interesting.
He also tells us in detail of his own experiences as a young boy/teen that lead to his interest in the paranormal and forming the group.
I have to admit, I very nearly came a cropper and threw the book into the bin the first time he mentioned the Warrens tho. But I perservered, and found I was able to discount a lot of the talk about Lorraine Warren. Thank goodness. So between that, and the fact that EVERY story seemed to be demonic, it lost a couple of stars.
I don't know how much of this was written by Ryan Buell himself, and how much was done by Stefan Petrucha. Whether Ryan wrote it and then Stefan came in and edited and "prettied" it up. Or whether Ryan was dictacting it and Stefan writing everything. Regardless, it worked. Very well written, and had a good flow to it. Easy to read.
The case stories are interesting. Very detailed, Ryan describing their experiences as well as the feelings and emotions of everyone involved. The follow ups are good too.
Honestly, I don't know what I believe. The paranormal is very interesting to me but I can't tell you whether I wholly believe or disbelieve. Call me "on the fence". LOL. Nothing in here swayed me one way or the other. The majority of demonic cases tho, had me kinda squinting my eyes and going "naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.....really?....naaah" tho. LOL.