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Personal Demons: Book One in The Jake Helman Files Series

Personal Demons: Book One in The Jake Helman Files Series [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Lamberson

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"One of the best novels we've read in a long, long time." --"Red Scream"


Jake Helman, an elite member of the New York Special Homicide Task Force, faces what every cop dreads—an elusive serial killer. 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. 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. Sequestered in rooms veiled in secrecy is the worst crime the world will ever see—the theft of the human soul. Horrifying and gruesome, this is a gripping, suspense-filled novel that offers intense arguments about science, ethics, and human life.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 486 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 386 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1605420727
  • Verlag: Medallion Press (1. Oktober 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004IK8TI8
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good story, once you get past the confusion 26. Oktober 2009
Von T. Willitts - Veröffentlicht auf
I got this book for free (and autographed) via an online book signing; I'd never read anything by him before, so I was walking into this kinda blind (it's been a while since I've done so, as I don't have the money to spare on complete unknowns when it comes to purchases, but it's kinda fun to do so...)

I wasn't really sure what type of book this was going to be - I mean, yes, it's billed as a horror novel, but there are so many sub-genres of horror. This one seems to be a little confused on what sort it is... it almost suffers from multiple personalities as it switches from police procedural/horror to biological horror to supernatural horror with little foreshadowing.

I think I would have set up the 'backstory' as already have happened in the past - Jake Helman is a cop who has a drug habit, and after a duty-related shooting, he resigns rather than be found out as an addict. Twenty four hours later, he's working as head of security for one of the most mysterious and powerful tycoons in New York City.

From there, things get horrific.

As for the style of horror... well, giant nude demonic beings with pendulous members isn't something that strikes a chord of horror with me, but one of comic book superhero over-the-topness.

I think that was the biggest flaw of the book - it wasn't very scary or horrific.

The writing is good, characterisation is solid, plot isn't bad. If supernatural horror/adventure is your thing, then I suggest giving it a try. If not, then pass. This is apparently the first installment of a series, so I will PROBABLY try the 2nd one whenever it is released.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen amazing book- suspenseful, scary, strange, compelling 28. Oktober 2009
Von David L. Tamarin - Veröffentlicht auf
Although this is author Gregory Lamberson's first book, horror fans know him as the director of the early 1980s splatter classic, Slime City. So I was quite excited to see that a great film maker had written a novel. I was expecting it to be like his film, and was quite surprised. The book can be considered a horror book, but it is also very much a hardboiled noir story of a crooked cop- turned private bodyguard. It also has some bizarre speculative elements. We've got a serial killer, ghosts, an evil billionaire tyrant working with secret genetic engineering experiments a hardboiled coke-snorting cop turned bodyguard (who I take it will be appearing in future installments of what I hope will be a series), and a lot more I won't give away. Lamberson manages to combine all of these and combine them into a story that is exciting and compelling. i read it in three days, I found it very hard to put down and I fought sleep to finish it- signs of a great book. There were a lot of interesting surprises, some moments of creepy terror (The Cipher serial killer and the elderly tycoon are supremely creepy characters).
The book starts with a police shooting and takes off by there, and by the end of the book it seems the whole world is in danger.
Although very different from his film Slime City, I found this to be similar in that it was a fun experience, with some really off-the-wall ideas.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wild journey that shouldn't be missed! 18. Oktober 2009
Von Kindle Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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. Readers are then introduced to the series' main character, Jake Helman, who works for the New York Special Homicide Task Force. 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 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!) where the bad guy goes around slicing each victim for whatever reason, but Lamberson changes that feel abruptly and takes the book to a whole other level! 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. I had a very hard time putting the book down once I started it. Highly recommended for all fans of the horror genre!

Contains: Violence, Mild gore, Adult Language, Adult Situations

Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian dot com
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A fun, scary read! 23. Januar 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
Personal Demons is an impressive novel. The first half of the book develops slowly, letting you get acquainted with all the characters, and building up a suspenseful undercurrent. Just think of a roller coaster car clicking slowly up the track. By the halfway mark, the story speeds forward with action, scares and the supernatural.

Most writers in today's market open with a fast pace, then blast you forward to the last page. It's as if they're afraid the reading population is ADD and can't pay attention unless there's action and excitement on every page. It's nice to see that some authors, like Gregory Lamberson, still treat writing as a craft, and know how to control their story's pace -- not vise versa!

His use of foreshadowing and subtlety is excellent. There are a couple surprise twists at the end that you won't see coming.

As for gristly scares, there are a few of them too. When you discover what the Cipher's tattoos are, when Gregory takes us to meet the torturer in the abandoned warehouse, and when you see the melting're sure to cringe in your seat.

So, go on and order yourself a copy today. Think about it -- two rentals from Blockbuster will cost you ten bucks and you only get four hours of entertainment; ten bucks for this novel and you have a FEW DAYS of entertainment. What more can you ask for from a great paperback novel?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Couldn't put it down 13. August 2011
Von Summer Fey Foovay - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Von Amazon bestätigter Kauf
I grab a lot of free books for Kindle - I don't have a lot of money and I love to read. I had tucked this into the mystery collection and remembered it sounded really interesting. I'm glad I started it on a day when I didn't have other things to do - because I didn't put it down until I was finished! It has a bit of everything. In the beginning it seemed to be a great hardboiled cop procedural. Normally, a crooked cop isn't a very sympathetic character - but Jake Helman tells it like it is, with no sympathy for himself and no self pity. He screwed up. He knows it. I had my doubts when the reclusive billionaire hired him to be head of security, but as the book when on it became clear why he would hire a screw up that (he thought) he could control. The supernatural element slips in to the gritty reality so gradually and smoothly that you find yourself accepting it without a moment of doubt. To say the least, I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to more.
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