Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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
Right from the first page of this book you know it is going to be good and suspenseful- the first line is: The first cast of the day turned my dream vacation into a nightmare. You just know that the entire book is going to be good. And the rest of the book definitely does not disappoint.
The entire book seems to be one thrill after another. It might be a small book, but it is packed with punches- left, right and center. You can’t help but cheer for Mac and his new friend Kate throughout the entire book. Mac seems to have bad luck constantly, but you just want everything to work out for him in the end.
About the Author:
E. Michael Helms is a USMC combat veteran. His memoir of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written … a modern military classic,” and has been in print for most of the past 20 years.His work has also appeared in the books: Semper Fi: Stories of U.S. Marines from Boot Camp to Battle (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003); Soldier’s Heart: Survivors’ Views of Combat Trauma (The Sidran Press, 1995); and Two Score and Ten: The Third Marine Division History (Turner Publishing, 1992).
Book One of his two-part historical saga, Of Blood and Brothers, will be released Septemeber 1, 2013, with Book Two following in March 2014. The first novel of his Mac McClellan Mystery series, Deadly Catch, is scheduled for a Fall 2013 release.
Helms lives with his wife in the Upstate region of South Carolina in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
Two autographed paperbacks of Deadly Catch