BOOKS by E. Michael Helms       

 

 

The Proud Bastards
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483247
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    A riveting memoir of one marine rifleman's journey from Parris Island through the hell of Vietnam and the Tet Offensive with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines.

    In 1967, a young E. Michael Helms boarded a bus to the legendary grounds of Parris Island, where mere boys were forged into hardened Marines—and sent to the jungles of Vietnam. It was the first stop on a journey that would forever change him—and by its end, he would be awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

    From the brutality and endurance-straining ordeals of boot camp to the endless horror of combat, Helms paints a vivid, unflinchingly realistic depiction of the lives of Marines in training and under fire. As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written, Helms's “grunt's-eye” view of the Vietnam War, the men who fought it, and the mindless chaos that surrounded it, is truly a modern military classic.

     
     
    The Proud Bastards
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965396646

     

  • The true story of one young marine's harrowing journey from boot camp at Parris Island through the hell of combat in Vietnam during the height of the war. This is no run- of-the-mill "guts and glory" war story. Helms' powerful narrative rips off the blinders and shows war as it really is! The military details are accurate. The emotional details are extraordinary. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know about Vietnam, about war, about life in the military.

     
  • "The best grunt-level, tell-it-like-it-was work I've read. Great stuff. Captures the tedium, the language, the realities of Vietnam. The Proud Bastards is a classic." -- Keith William Nolan, Vietnam War author/historian
     
     
  • The Private War of Corporal Henson
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989760553
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    Vietnam didn't stay in Southeast Asia. It followed former U.S. Marine Corporal Nathan Henson back to the World-his hometown in the Florida panhandle. Seventeen years later, specters from 'Nam still haunt the corners of Nathan's life and the recurring nightmarish scenes of carnage won't die. Desperate, he seeks help and joins a support group for Vietnam combat veterans. Now a new war begins-against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In a series of gut-wrenching sessions, Nathan faces the ghosts of his past and shares the struggles of others as they confront and relive horrors and dark secrets kept locked inside. There's Vic Guerino, a former Army helicopter pilot trying to adjust to the boredom of a grounded life, Dan "Doc" Matthews, wrestling with addiction brought home from the battlefields of Vietnam, and Rene Boudreaux, the loner who withdraws from society with paranoia ruling his every waking moment. Nathan must conquer the demons of PTSD to win peace in his life, but it's a harrowing rollercoaster ride through the valley of healing. The path is strewn with heartbreak and humor, hope and despair and love lost and regained. This is the comeback story of a heroic young man who saw it all, lived through it, and ultimately emerged from the shadows of war.
     
    Of Blood and Brothers: Books 1 & 2
     
    ISBN-13: 978-1938467516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938467509
     
     
    In the spring of 1927, ambitious cub reporter Calvin Hogue covers a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle. He learns two Malburn brothers fought on opposing sides during the Civil War, and encourages them to tell their stories. Before the night is over, Calvin realizes he has a far greater story than a run-of-the-mill family reunion.
  • Thus begins the first of many sessions with the Malburn brothers. The saga unfolds in their own words with wit, wisdom and sometimes, sadness. Before long the brothers are confronting troubled pasts and conjuring up ghosts laid buried throughout the long post-war years. Calvin is swept along by the harrowing eyewitness account of our nation’s most trying era, through bloody battles, personal trials and losses, and the mutual love of a beautiful young woman.
  • Book One follows the exploits of Daniel Malburn and the 6th FL Infantry through the battles of Chickamauga and Lookout Mountain/Missionary Ridge. While working at the salt works along St. Andrew Bay, Elijah and beloved slave, Jefferson, are taken prisoner by Union forces. Jeff is conscripted into the 2nd US Colored troops. Faced with imprisonment, Elijah reluctantly chooses to join the 2nd US FL Cavalry as a scout, only to learn he must lead a destructive raid on the Econfina Valley—his lifelong home.
  • The saga continues in Book Two. The 2nd US FL Calvary leads an expedition with the goal of capturing the Florida state capital of Tallahassee. A bloody battle ensues at Natural Bridge where Confederate troops soundly defeat the invading Federals. In the confusion of the unorganized retreat, Elijah decides he's had enough of a war he wanted no part of. He and Jefferson begin a long and perilous trek home.
  • After a bloody and valiant struggle, the South surrenders, but the peace is far from won. Trouble stalks the Malburns in post-war Florida. Amid the violent days of Reconstruction, Daniel and Elijah face continuing conflict, family turmoil and heart-wrenching tragedy as they struggle toward a hard-earned and costly reconciliation.
     
     
    Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery
     
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616148676
 
  • "Library Journal DEBUT OF THE MONTH"
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    After twenty-four years in the U.S. Marines, recently retired Mac McClellan is happy to be a civilian again. He is enjoying a leisurely fishing vacation in the Florida panhandle when he hooks a badly decomposed body.

    Then, when a bag of rare marijuana is discovered stashed aboard his rental boat, he realizes someone is setting him up to take the fall for murder and drug smuggling. Mac’s plans for a more laid-back life must be put on hold while he works to clear his name as the number one suspect.

    Mac launches an investigation with the help of Kate Bell, a feisty saleslady at the local marina with whom he has struck up a promising relationship. Along the way he must butt heads and match wits with local law enforcement officials, shady politicians, and strong-armed thugs from the Eastern Seaboard to sniff out and bring the real smuggler and killer to justice.
     
     
     
    Deadly Ruse: A Mac McClellan Mystery
     
     
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616140090
  • Winner of the 2015 RONE Award for Best Mystery
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    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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