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in Marietta, GA, raised in Panama City, FL, live in Westminster, SC, The United States



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E. Michael Helms grew up in Panama City, FL. He played football and excelled in baseball as a catcher. Turning down a scholarship offer from the local Junior college, he joined the Marines after high school graduation. He served as a rifleman during some of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War until wounded three times in one day. Helms discounts it as "waking up on the wrong side of the foxhole."

Helms' memoir of the war, "The Proud Bastards," has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written ... a modern military classic,” and remains in print after more than 20 years.
His military writings have also appeared in the books: "Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle" (Thunder’s Mouth P

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Deadly Ruse: A Mac McClellan Mystery (#2) (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Mac’s girlfriend, Kate Bell, thinks she’s seen a ghost. Wes Harrison, Kate’s former boyfriend, supposedly perished twelve years ago in a boating accident. But now she swears a man she spotted in a crowded theater lobby is Wes. Mac has his doubts--it was only a fleeting glimpse. But to calm her shattered nerves, he starts making inquiries. A clue leads him from his home in St. George, Florida, to a Texas orphanage. There he uncovers startling information that turns both his and Kate’s world upside-down. Diamond smuggling, sex, deceit, and murder are just part of the twisted tale that emerges from Kate’s earlier life. Using wit, grit, and the ingrained military training of a former Marine, Mac starts to fit the pieces of this scrambled puzzle together. Further clues point to the Palmetto Royale Casino and Resort near St. George. He and Kate discover that the casino is a front for big drug deals. When they barely escape a murder attempt, Mac knows he’s on the right track. But he better play his cards right–because losing this high-stakes game could cost him his life.
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message 6: by Midu

Midu Hadi Thanks for the invite!

E.Michael Helms Hi, Laurel:

Thanks for letting me know about the review, and your continued support!


Laurel wrote: "Hello, again!

I was excited to see your book Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan MysteryDeadly Catch A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms mentioned in the Toronto Star, Nov. 17..."

Laurel Hello, again!

I was excited to see your book Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery Deadly Catch A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms mentioned in the Toronto Star, Nov. 17th edition. Jack Batten, a Toronto author, writes a book review column called "Whodunnit: Jack Batten", every two weeks. This is what he said about Deadly Catch:

"There's something to be said for service in the two Iraq wars as experience for a career in private detecting back in the U.S.A. That's the case for Mac McClellan, a recently retired career Marine who fought at Fallujah among other murderous spots.

Now he's in the Florida panhandle for the fishing, but gets caught up in local trouble involving drugs, murder, and maybe incest.

The book's sense of place seems perfect, McClellan's character grows on the reader and if the plot is almost too tangled, a not bad story lurks somewhere in the thicket."

Happy for you, my friend! Thought you might not know about this review, and wanted to pass it on.

message 3: by Lela

Lela Hi. Where do I find your mystery giveaway? Sounds interesting!

message 2: by Jenny

Jenny Regalia Hi Michael
Thanks for the friend invite. Let me know about the book give away!

message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi E. Michael,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow Goodreads mystery author!

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