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Not only does he have a penchant for alcohol and cigarettes, he also had a hardcore blow problem. When a pit stop to his dealer ends in the death of two armed robbers who were in the process of holding up a bar where he was getting high, Jake soon must face the Internal Affairs department. When they ask him to take a drug test, Jake resigns from the force to save his own skin and the embarrassment that would end his Marriage and his career. But who would hire a cocaine addicted cop? Enter Tower International, a biotech firm that is run by the reclusive Nicholas Tower.


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Tower is under a lot of heat from anti-cloning activists and right wing kooks due to his pioneering research with therapeutic cloning and an anti-aging drug that is currently going through FDA testing and he is staying hidden in his fortress like Manhattan skyscraper and away from the public eye. Tower wants Helman to be his new Security Chief and is willing to pay handsomely to get him on his team. Jake can't resist the , bucks a year salary and the chance to get out of the NYPD rat race, but once the ink is dry on the contract, Jake will learn that there is a good reason why Tower has so much security, a reason that will shatter his soul and his mind.

This book is probably the most fun I have had reading a book in a long time. You can feel the darkness of every rainy thunderstorm and black fall night in this book. The characters are fleshed out and complex as a Museum of Modern Art gallery and the dialogue is as whip crack fast as a Cabbie on 42nd Street talking about the Yankees. This is way more than some cheap horror paperback you find at a used bookstore in the dollar bin, this is a living, breathing work of sheer terror. I absolutely loved this book. It was full of suspense, brutal yet artfully described scenes of grue and gore and tons of twists that made my eyes widen and my jaw drop.

I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Jake Helman may be the 21st century's answer to Mathesons Carl Kolchak, a man who hunts monsters, but unlike Kolchak, Helman can kick some ass! If you're looking for a fast, gritty and terrifying read, get this book. Is it worth your time? Apr 17, Angel McCoy rated it really liked it. This is his second novel and the first in the Jake Hellman series of which the second book is also out. It introduces coke-snorting police detective Jake Helman, a man whose life goes from Not Too Bad at the beginning to Complete and Utter Shit by the end of the book.

At every turn, Lamberson turns the thumb screws on his poor protagonist. It's like watching a Angel's Adjectives: It's like watching a horrid car wreck, in slow motion, with the volume on high and splatter effects turned up to the max. The way Jake Helman's life falls apart is terrifying to watch. You get the impression early on that he doesn't always make the best decisions, and then--blammo! At first, it's hard to feel too sorry for him, because he's brought it all down on himself, but as the book progresses, and as Jake learns his lessons, he becomes more and more sympathetic.

Unfortunately, his circumstances grow increasingly more precarious at the same time.

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Lamberson did a great job of gradually building the tension in this book, using plot twists to keep ramping up the stakes. I said, "Holy shit! By the end, as Jake made his bid to overcome odds that were way over his head, I was biting my nails. I won't tell you the ending, but I will say that Jake was not a "winner" in this struggle.

He was, however, a survivor. If you don't mind horror with lots of gory descriptions, heads exploding, and bodily fluids, then you'll enjoy this book. Part of the joy of reading it is to discover just how bad Jake's life can get. Believe me, it can and did get worse. My morbid curiosity just won't let me look away. While investigating a series of bloodletting sacrifice rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator known as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. While battling a cocaine addiction, Jake starts a high-pressure position as the director of security at Tower International, a controversial genetic-engineering company.

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Beneath the polished exterior of the corporate identity and the CEO—who has a reputation as the frontiersman on the cutting edge of science—is a deranged mind. As Jake delves deeper into this frightening laboratory, he discovers much more than unethical practices performed in the name of human progress. Horrifying and gruesome, this is a gripping, suspense-filled novel that offers intense arguments about science, ethics, and human life. Aug 25, Rhonda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gregory Lamberson's new series, The Jake Helman Files, starts off with a detailed scene showing readers how the book's serial killer, The Cipher, operates.

After killing two men shortly into the book, Helman is required to take a drug test. Instead of following orders, Helman decides to take more drastic measures and quits. Less than 48 hours later, Helman receives a ph Gregory Lamberson's new series, The Jake Helman Files, starts off with a detailed scene showing readers how the book's serial killer, The Cipher, operates. Less than 48 hours later, Helman receives a phone call from Tower International, a genetic engineering company, about an interview. He goes in that same day and is hired on the spot as their director of security for a salary that he never believed possible in his wildest dreams!

After looking around the office a bit, though, he starts to notice some things seem to be a little odd. In particular, he is trying to figure out why strange homeless people are always hanging out right outside Tower International's doors, and why they look so much like The Cipher's victims. At the beginning of Personal Demons, it appears that the book is going to be an average serial killer book albeit with a really cool murder method!

Once Jake Helman leaves the Force and takes on the new job at Tower International, he becomes a magnet for danger. All kinds of hell starts breaking loose, and Lamberson puts Helman through the wringer! It's a wild journey, and one that shouldn't be missed.


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  8. I had a very hard time putting the book down once I started it. Highly recommended for all fans of the horror genre! It is also available at MonsterLibrarian. Nov 04, Shelly rated it it was amazing. I am not going to do a full review for this one, but since I am going to do a full review for the 4th book I do want to do a quick review for each of the books leading up to it. Lamberson was kind enough to send me all 4 books in this series and I have to say that I quite enjoyed them! This is a great way to set up a series and it introduces several characters that will re-occur throughout the other books as the series progresses.

    I love the character of Jake Helman and I think that he makes I am not going to do a full review for this one, but since I am going to do a full review for the 4th book I do want to do a quick review for each of the books leading up to it. I love the character of Jake Helman and I think that he makes the perfect base for which to build this series around. In the beginning he is struggling with his own personal demons and that's what leads him to Tower Industries where he will encounter actual demons and other things which are much worse. This story deals with a serial killer that the police refer to as Cipher.

    He steals the souls of his victims as they draw their last breaths. This adds a somewhat mystical aspect to the story and then when Tower Industries enters the picture it adds a scientific aspect with the idea of cloning and other darker things. Then we get a religious aspect also for a pretty well rounded fantastical story. Don't go into this book thinking that's it's a detective novel though.

    While the story does start out with a serial killer it's only the set up for a much deeper story that delves into the paranormal. Like I said before, this is a great set up for what is one of the best series I have read this year. If you like horror, the you are going to want to give this series a try. I have to say also, that I love that Mr. Lamberson isn't afraid to make his characters suffer a little.

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    To me, that's the key to a great story and in the case of Jake Helman he goes through his fair share. I can't wait to see what kind of man this is going to make him in the end. Aug 15, Simon West-Bulford rated it it was amazing. Personal Demons is not what I expected.

    After reading the abstract and deciding to buy it, I thought I was heading for something dark and atmospheric with hints of the supernatural. Hints of the supernatural? Nope - truck loads of it! This novel goes way over the top with the pseudo-scientific, supernatural, action-gore, but I loved the premise and the book delivered it in a style that took me straight back to days of sitting and eating popcorn watching The Evil Personal Demons is not what I expected. This novel goes way over the top with the pseudo-scientific, supernatural, action-gore, but I loved the premise and the book delivered it in a style that took me straight back to days of sitting and eating popcorn watching The Evil Dead.

    Laughing at the sheer wonderful absurdity of it all. There's a moment, probably half way through the book, that takes you completely by surprise, steering you into a rollercoaster that just won't slow down from that moment on. Very difficult to put the book down, I must say.

    Cheesy as hell and incredible fun. Very glad that this is a series. I'll be following Jake Helman in whatever hell-splattered pit he descends. Jan 24, Bill rated it really liked it. A disgraced New York City Homicide Detective with an alcohol and cocaine problem is on the case of a serial killer known as The Cipher.

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    A reclusive billionaire has plans to sell genetic mutations to the highest bidder and sell out human souls for an even greater price in his quest for immortality. Heaven and Hell clash in a battle for humanity and it is up the broken ex-cop to save the world…and perhaps his very own soul.

    Gregory Lamberson is off to a great start to the Jake Helman series. He has created a character that is entertaining, interesting and dangerously flawed. I look forward to playing a bit of catch up with the series and seeing what trouble Jake can get himself into and hopefully out of. Sep 09, Tim rated it liked it Shelves: Personal Demons was a good fun read.

    The prose is to-the-point and Lamberson does not waste any space with unnecessary wording. The action scenes in the book were well thought out and kept the pace rolling along. I know if I was in that situation I would be questioning my sanity. Jake Helman was a Personal Demons was a good fun read. Jake Helman was a well drawn character, but I also felt that he was really the only character that was. The rest of the cast just felt like backdrop, but I guess the book is called "Personal Demons". All in all i thought this was a solid novel and it definately entertains, which in the end, is not a bad thing at all.

    May 01, Andy rated it liked it Shelves: Personal Demons haiku "Where's Old Nick? The Tower masks his quest for Immortality. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and really admired its ambition. It was impressive that Lamberson was able to include so many plot elements and have them all work together and make sense. Tower's genetic experiments and stealing souls to extend Old Nick's lifespan also worked fine for me.

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    I thought Cain and Abel were a bit over the top, but still made sense. I'd strongly consider reading the next Jake Helman book, but not right away. Feb 04, Selena rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was A-mazing! It took so many turns I wasn't expecting! It lead me to pull for one person, then another, then to stop and reread because I thought 'I really didn't read that My 18 year old son tried to take it away and read it, I gave him a different book and told him to keep his hands off my book. Now what do I do? I need more Jake!!! I know there are at least 2 more books Mar 08, Jenn rated it really liked it.

    Gregory's novel started out as quite the thriller - catching a malicious serial killer. About halfway through it turned into the horror I presumed it would be. The paranormal comes into play and all hell breaks lose, literally. Can't wait to see what Jack Helman faces in his next book although I think it might be zombies! Sep 14, Alexis rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book rarely has a dry moment. I enjoyed the in depth detail that the writer had gone into. It was a wonderful book to read and it had me hooked from day one.

    Being a wonderful book that it is I would warn however this book is not for the light of heart and for mature audiences due to some of the graphic scenes depicted in the story. However it is still a wonderful story! Feb 22, Paul Ohlson rated it it was amazing. Just updated from four stars to five because, after reading the rest of the series so far, I realize just how well Greg set the base for this series and for the character of Jake Helman.

    This is great stuff and it should be a movie franchise! Jul 23, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: When i first discovered this series I had picked up the third book first. I loved it so much that I had to start from the beginning and I was not disappointed. I would recommend this series to people who love mystery and the paranormal. This series has it all wrapped into one. Feb 03, Nicholas Morgan anderson rated it it was amazing.

    Personal Demons starts out with a lot of promise. Jake Helman is a New York City detective working a high-profile serial killer case. After a visit to a particularly gruesome crime scene, Helman retreats to a local cop-friendly watering hole, snorts some cocaine, and walks out of the restroom into a burglary in process.

    Seconds later the two perps are gunned down and Helman is battling an adrenaline-and-coke-fueled panic attack. Later, when pressed for a hair sample by the Internal Affairs officers investigating the incident, Helman turns in his shield and walks away from the job.

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    Sounds like a great start to a good procedural, right? Well, at this point, the story takes one of many twists. Helman is immediately tapped to head the security division of Tower International, a controversial corporation involved in genetic experiments and bioengineering. There is talk of the possible capture and storage of souls. We learn that some of the picketers that frequent Tower International may, in fact, be ghosts. Then bodies start to melt, a strange globe full of snake-like creatures with vaguely human characteristics is discovered, and a couple of well-known Biblical characters make the scene.

    Lamberson should be credited for trying to take familiar ground and stretch it in new directions. The problem is he introduces too many disparate elements, and the plot becomes muddied in a hurry. The book moves at a brisk pace, and Lamberson does manage to create some suspense in certain sequences.