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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 rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator know as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. Tower International, a controversial genetic engineering comp 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 rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator know as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. Tower International, a controversial genetic engineering company, employs him as their director of security. While battling an addiction to cocaine, Jake enters his new high-pressure position in the private sector. What he encounters behind the closed doors of this sinister operation is beyond the realm of human imagination. Too horrible to contemplate, the experimentation is pure madness, the outcome of a hell where only pain and terror reside. Nicholas Tower is not the hero flaunted on the cover of Time magazine. Beneath the polished exterior of this frontiersman on the cutting edge of science is a corporate executive surrounded by the creations of his deranged mind. As Jake delves deeper into the hidden sphere of this frightening laboratory, his discoveries elicit more than stereotypical condemnation for unethical practices performed for the good of mankind. Sequestered in rooms veiled in secrecy is the worst crime the world will ever see—the theft of the human soul.


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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 rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator know as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. Tower International, a controversial genetic engineering comp 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 rituals executed by an ominous perpetrator know as the Cipher, Jake refuses to submit to a drug test and resigns from the police department. Tower International, a controversial genetic engineering company, employs him as their director of security. While battling an addiction to cocaine, Jake enters his new high-pressure position in the private sector. What he encounters behind the closed doors of this sinister operation is beyond the realm of human imagination. Too horrible to contemplate, the experimentation is pure madness, the outcome of a hell where only pain and terror reside. Nicholas Tower is not the hero flaunted on the cover of Time magazine. Beneath the polished exterior of this frontiersman on the cutting edge of science is a corporate executive surrounded by the creations of his deranged mind. As Jake delves deeper into the hidden sphere of this frightening laboratory, his discoveries elicit more than stereotypical condemnation for unethical practices performed for the good of mankind. Sequestered in rooms veiled in secrecy is the worst crime the world will ever see—the theft of the human soul.

30 review for Personal Demons

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve Rueffer

    After having read all of Stephen King and Clive Barker's work over 15 years ago, I had pretty much given up on the horror genre. I tried numerous "more modern" horror authors in the late 90's only to continue to find the same old stories constantly rewritten with new character names. Along came Toronto's fan expo this year, and I chanced a meeting with Greg at the event. I took home a single promo chapter from his table and found myself taking pleasure once again in the horror genre. An amazing After having read all of Stephen King and Clive Barker's work over 15 years ago, I had pretty much given up on the horror genre. I tried numerous "more modern" horror authors in the late 90's only to continue to find the same old stories constantly rewritten with new character names. Along came Toronto's fan expo this year, and I chanced a meeting with Greg at the event. I took home a single promo chapter from his table and found myself taking pleasure once again in the horror genre. An amazing blend of genres go into his books, and zombies, werewolves and other things that go bump in the night are given a fresh rebirth. In this book alone, you'll experience crime drama, detective mystery, horror and more, craftily merged into the first part of an engaging story. Characters you'll actually care about come to life, and demonic forces will add a necessary "disturbing" twist. Start here, and move onto Johnny Gruesome and don't stop to look back. Thanks Greg for bringing the joy of horror literature back into my life! What are you waiting for? Get out and buy a copy today!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mihir

    This was my first Gregory Lamberson book and it turned out to be a terrific mix of horror and UF. Jake Helman, our protagonist is a cop with a drug problem. After a recent shooting in which his drug problem almost comes to the fore, causes him to leave his job & girlfriend. Things however take a weird turn and he's offered a high paying job that might help him jump back. His employers and a recent serial killer case though might cause him to rethink his recent life changes. More to come in FBC This was my first Gregory Lamberson book and it turned out to be a terrific mix of horror and UF. Jake Helman, our protagonist is a cop with a drug problem. After a recent shooting in which his drug problem almost comes to the fore, causes him to leave his job & girlfriend. Things however take a weird turn and he's offered a high paying job that might help him jump back. His employers and a recent serial killer case though might cause him to rethink his recent life changes. More to come in FBC review...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    This is a very good book. It blends mythology, a serial killer and just plain excitement very well. I am so impressed that I am going to hunt out more books by this author. This book captivated me from beginning to end and I can hardly wait to read the next installment. This is a breath of fresh air for the horror genre. Highly reccomended. 5 stars easily.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven Shroyer

    I remember first seeing the name Gregory Lamberson when I saw an ad for the DVD of "Slime City" back in 2006 in an issue of Fangoria. The movie looked pretty cool, but at the time I had no source of income like I(Barely) do today. I continued seeing his name throughout the many years I read Fangoria and in 2011 I decided that I would give one of his books a try. They looked good, dark and gritty with the promise of a ton of splatter that would soak my retinas and infect my brain. Having read the I remember first seeing the name Gregory Lamberson when I saw an ad for the DVD of "Slime City" back in 2006 in an issue of Fangoria. The movie looked pretty cool, but at the time I had no source of income like I(Barely) do today. I continued seeing his name throughout the many years I read Fangoria and in 2011 I decided that I would give one of his books a try. They looked good, dark and gritty with the promise of a ton of splatter that would soak my retinas and infect my brain. Having read the first book in his "Jake Helman" series I can say that not only is Lamberson as capable of making microbudget horror films as he is making unique works of horror fiction, he is the only author I would gladly be written up for because I'd rather finish one of his books than go back to work. Personal Demons is a novel about Jake Helman, a New York City Homicide detective who is on the hunt for a brutal Murderer known as "The Cipher". Jake has problems of his own though. 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. 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 300,000 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. Lamberson captures the grit and grime of NYC while giving its more "Tourist Friendly" areas a sense of menace and doom that would anger Mayor Bloomberg more than a 44 oz cup of Mountain Dew Code Red. 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? "Where's Old Nick?"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angel McCoy

    Angel's Adjectives: terrifying and twisty A Bram Stoker Award nominee, Greg Lamberson is making his mark as one of horror's new forces. 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: terrifying and twisty A Bram Stoker Award nominee, Greg Lamberson is making his mark as one of horror's new forces. 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 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!--he's knocked for a major loop. 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. 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!" several times as I was reading it, whenever something unexpectedly took a turn for the worse. 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. I'm looking forward to reading Desperate Souls, the next in the Jake Helman Files. My morbid curiosity just won't let me look away. Description from Amazon.com: 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    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 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. 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.com Also, please read the review I did with Gregory Lamberson. It is also available at MonsterLibrarian.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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 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. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Simon West-Bulford

    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. Dark? Certainly. Atomospheric? Sure. 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. After reading the abstract and deciding to buy it, I thought I was heading for something dark and atmospheric with hints of the supernatural. Dark? Certainly. Atomospheric? Sure. 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 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    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. THe supernatural/horror element of the novel was well done and never got too over the top or unbelievable, though I did think that Jake just accepted all the supernatural stuff a little bit too easily. 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. 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. THe supernatural/horror element of the novel was well done and never got too over the top or unbelievable, though I did think that Jake just accepted all the supernatural stuff a little bit too easily. I know if I was in that situation I would be questioning my sanity. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    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. 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. Tack on an Angel and Demon who are fighting for the Light and Dark and a genetically engineered women bent on serving the billionaire and the sh*t gets very serious, very fast. Heaven and Hell clash in 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. 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. Tack on an Angel and Demon who are fighting for the Light and Dark and a genetically engineered women bent on serving the billionaire and the sh*t gets very serious, very fast. 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).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Personal Demons haiku "Where's Old Nick?" you ask. 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. (view spoiler)[ The idea of the Cipher and Tower Int'l working together was cool. Tower's genetic experiments and stealing souls to extend Old Nick's lifespan also worked fine for me. I thought Cain and Abel were a bit ove Personal Demons haiku "Where's Old Nick?" you ask. 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. (view spoiler)[ The idea of the Cipher and Tower Int'l working together was cool. Tower's genetic experiments and stealing souls to extend Old Nick's lifespan also worked fine for me. I thought Cain and Abel were a bit over the top, but still made sense. (hide spoiler)] A friend commented that this book reads like a comic book and I have to agree. I'd strongly consider reading the next Jake Helman book, but not right away. 3.5 STARS

  12. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    10 stars??? 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.... Thank you Goodreads! 10 stars??? 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.... Thank you Goodreads!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    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!) 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!)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Ohlson

    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!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    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. Great read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Morgan anderson

    I have read through this series as the books come out. The first book was just a glimpse into the horrific world crafted by Gregory Lamberson. This poor character. A fun ride into the chaotic supernatural underworld of Jake Helman. Definitely worth reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Ethridge

    Two words: KICKS ASS. Ok, three. KICKS MAJOR ASS. :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Lots of twists and turns that I did not expect! A very good read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Lucia

    Fun, fast, exciting read. And, just great. Now I have ANOTHER character to follow whose name begins with a J....

  21. 5 out of 5

    P.A.

    Very imaginative. Really makes you think about what could be going on that only a select few know about.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    What an unexpectedly fun read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Something pretty good for the horror genre. Never read this author before, and liked his style. Another series to sink my teeth into. Got the next one on order from the library.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jalissa

    This book was the best book I've read so far in 2020. This book was the best book I've read so far in 2020.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justin Wiebe

    This is the second book of the Jake Helman series I've read, and I look forward to reading through the rest of the stories. What strikes me is that Lamberson's character is faulted, just like anybody else, making him easy to relate to and, indeed, root for. What can I say? I'm a sucker for an underdog character--and, yes, I see the protagonist as such--pitted against all kinds of nasties. I also appreciate that while Helman emerges the winner in the end, he pays a heavy price and the victory, if This is the second book of the Jake Helman series I've read, and I look forward to reading through the rest of the stories. What strikes me is that Lamberson's character is faulted, just like anybody else, making him easy to relate to and, indeed, root for. What can I say? I'm a sucker for an underdog character--and, yes, I see the protagonist as such--pitted against all kinds of nasties. I also appreciate that while Helman emerges the winner in the end, he pays a heavy price and the victory, if you will, is a bittersweet one, adding a sense of realism in that there are unforeseen consequences to his actions (especially early on) and others are affected by his decisions. I also appreciate Lamberson's tight prose and pacing in the story, leaving little room for lag and making it a quick read while keeping this reader's attention throughout. Recommend for all lovers of horror, urban and dark fantasy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I really did not know where this one was going to go, yet it looked interesting enough, so I gave it a go. So what is it? I guess you could call this one a contest between good and evil. The main character, Jake Helman, is a detective with the NYPD until he finds himself stepping in the proverbial pile of dung. He gets an offer for employment and soon finds himself in the middle of a battle of good versus evil as old as Cain vs. Abel, literally. This book was enough to entice me and I hope as th I really did not know where this one was going to go, yet it looked interesting enough, so I gave it a go. So what is it? I guess you could call this one a contest between good and evil. The main character, Jake Helman, is a detective with the NYPD until he finds himself stepping in the proverbial pile of dung. He gets an offer for employment and soon finds himself in the middle of a battle of good versus evil as old as Cain vs. Abel, literally. This book was enough to entice me and I hope as the series progresses Lamberson feels more comfortable to explore his writing skills as they felt a bit stilted here. Also the editing could have been a bit better as several errors were spotted throughout the book. Overall a decent read that could be a good lead in to an interesting series, dependent upon the authors driving capabilities.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    After reading the back of the book jacket, I thought this book sounded intriguing; hopeful for a good, scary read. Boy was I wrong. It started off not to bad with the killer but then there wasn't much about him till about two-thirds of the way in. It took only one day after Jake getting a new job at the Towers that he discovered the "horrors". Give me a break! The horrors were a joke. It didn't make any sense. The plot was so unbelievable and so were the other characters thrown into the mix. It After reading the back of the book jacket, I thought this book sounded intriguing; hopeful for a good, scary read. Boy was I wrong. It started off not to bad with the killer but then there wasn't much about him till about two-thirds of the way in. It took only one day after Jake getting a new job at the Towers that he discovered the "horrors". Give me a break! The horrors were a joke. It didn't make any sense. The plot was so unbelievable and so were the other characters thrown into the mix. It was so bad, boring and uneventful. I wouldn't even consider this book a thriller. Save your money. So many better books out there to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin Sterling

    2.5. Jake Helman, a cocaine-addicted homicide detective following the trail of a serial killer gets hired as the top security officer by the DNA/Genetics corporation Tower International after being forced to leave the police force. What Jake discovers about Tower International goes far beyond any nightmare he could ever have imagined. DNA, cloning, heaven, hell, demons...I would have preferred the story to get less into the heaven/hell/demon realm, but that's just me. 2.5. Jake Helman, a cocaine-addicted homicide detective following the trail of a serial killer gets hired as the top security officer by the DNA/Genetics corporation Tower International after being forced to leave the police force. What Jake discovers about Tower International goes far beyond any nightmare he could ever have imagined. DNA, cloning, heaven, hell, demons...I would have preferred the story to get less into the heaven/hell/demon realm, but that's just me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    ummm, yehh. I enjoyed the serial killer action at the beginning and the idea of a cop addicted to cocaine. However, then the book delved into the peculiar, but unfortunately weird and confusing paranormal. Sure, I'm accustomed to suspending my disbelief, but it's like the second 3rd of the book is a different one. The addiction theme was abandoned, the serial killing is not addressed...and tell me, what kind of addict can just quit cold turkey from a cocaine addiction? ummm, yehh. I enjoyed the serial killer action at the beginning and the idea of a cop addicted to cocaine. However, then the book delved into the peculiar, but unfortunately weird and confusing paranormal. Sure, I'm accustomed to suspending my disbelief, but it's like the second 3rd of the book is a different one. The addiction theme was abandoned, the serial killing is not addressed...and tell me, what kind of addict can just quit cold turkey from a cocaine addiction?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    Small cuts open flesh. Nerve endings sending pain. Life leaks through open fingers. The killer is insane. He likes when you fight, bite, squeal, and kick. He wants you to suffer. Don't die too quick. And as your life does leave you. Pray for your soul. He's come to steal it. For that is his goal. by Nikki 2 1/2 STARS A semi-solid read that's a little unbelievable and b-movies-ish, but does entertain. Don't know if I'll read another. Small cuts open flesh. Nerve endings sending pain. Life leaks through open fingers. The killer is insane. He likes when you fight, bite, squeal, and kick. He wants you to suffer. Don't die too quick. And as your life does leave you. Pray for your soul. He's come to steal it. For that is his goal. by Nikki 2 1/2 STARS A semi-solid read that's a little unbelievable and b-movies-ish, but does entertain. Don't know if I'll read another.

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