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review 2017-01-17 16:17
Tag Team Giveaway – Deadly Spirits by E Michael Helms @EMichaelHelms
Deadly Spirits - E. Michael Helms

I am a huge fan of E Michael Helm’s character, Mac McClellan and he is back in Deadly Spirits.

 

Check out this awesome cover!

 

Does it make you think of ghosts and hauntings?

 

 

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Cover:  Sabrina Sun

Publisher:  Camel Press

MY REVIEW

 

Mac and Kate are back in Deadly Spirits and this time we will be hanging out with the Palmetto Paranormal Society investigating the haunted Navarro Hotel.

 

I haven’t met Mac in person…yet, but seeing as how he hangs around the Florida Panhandle, it may happen. His investigations lead to danger and mayhem. His personality and the fact that he lives in a trailer always makes me think of the Rockford Files and Magnum PI. He’s a bit old fashioned where it really matters, loyal and trustworthy. Even a bit of a prude…He even has a Dobie, my favorite breed of dog. So much is familiar to me, marinas, woods, fire towers, lighthouses, hauntings…

 

Action and mystery abound and Mac is on the case. E Michael Helms always includes some humor and I do love chuckles with my murder.

 

The downside to his job, he has a hard time collecting payment before his clients kick the bucket.

 

Mac has a hard time taking the whole ghost thing seriously, until…the scream. I am a skeptic too. As they walk around with their ghostly equipment and asking the spirits questions, I would be hard put not to crack up laughing.

 

I loved everything about Deadly Spirits by E Michael Helms. He has included a lot of extras besides the mystery…a critter to fall in love with, a dash of the psychotic and a pinch of the paranormal…a recipe for success.

 

I love Mac and this is my favorite adventure…so far. Michael has brought him a long way, making him more complex in his simplicity. I can hardly wait for more!

 

It’s New Year’s Eve 2016 and between football and the year end fireworks, I cannot quit reading.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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review 2016-08-25 15:04
Tag Team Event Giveaway – Deadly Catch by E Michael Helms @EMichaelHelms
Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery - E. Michael Helms

Today, we will be sharing E Michael Helm’s Deadly Catch, a mystery novel set on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Everything about Deadly Catch by E Michael Helms talks to me, from the cover to the title to the setting on the US Gulf Coast to the murder mystery inside.

 

Mac McClellan had retired from the military and as he sat in the boat, fishing, and thinking, is this what my life will be like now…

 

“Thought I’d finally hooked my ‘gator’ trout…”

 

Kate, his love interest, works at the marina and knows her fishing.

 

Sheriff Bo, what other name would he have in the south, is a bully with a bad attitude. I can see him now, smirking, drawing his own conclusions before the evidence is even collected.

 

In a small town, everyone knows everyone and all their business, but Mac’s peeps love him and stand by him.

 

Small fishing villages, oysters, romance, lighthouses, gators, fried green tomatoes, drugs, corruption, murder and mystery are only a few of the things this story will share. I love that E Michael Helms mentions the stingray shuffle. I also have done the dance and anyone who has visited the Gulf Coast will know what he means. It’s those small details that make me want more of Mac.

 

I loved riding the waves with him, feeling the warm sun on my face, the wind caressing my body, having cocktails at the Green Parrot. Actually, I believe I live this life, so it’s very easy to walk in his shoes, except when it comes to murder. I haven’t hooked a dead body…yet.

 

I loved riding the waves with him, feeling the warm sun on my face, the wind caressing my body, having cocktails at the Green Parrot. Actually, I believe I live this life, so it’s very easy to walk in his shoes, except when it comes to murder. I haven’t hooked a dead body…yet. 

 

I thought I knew where this story was going, but planned on enjoying it anyway. Just because it’s predictable, doesn’t mean it can’t be a great read. I figured this was a cozy mystery, fun and easy reading. BUT…E Michael Helms caught me offguard when I was only a quarter of the way in. The direction of the story changed and it isn’t so cozy any more.

 

Summer is the perfect time to read this fantastic mystery series…so come one…let’s take a ride on Highway 98. Just follow the dead bodies…

 

I received a copy of Deadly Catch from E Michael Helms in return for an honest review.

 Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2016-05-10 16:37
Giveaway & Review – Deadly Dunes by E Michael Helms
Deadly Dunes (A Mac Mcclellan Mystery) - E. Michael Helms

MY REVIEW

 
Everything about Michael and Mac speaks to me. We like a lot of the same things and I am eager to get this adventure on the ‘road’.
 
Mac reminds me of Tom Selleck in Jesse Stone and Magnum PI. He’s not the perfect hero, but he gets the job done. I don’t mind a flawed character, in fact, it makes him seem real to me.
 
I’m glad that he considers the Florida Panhandle the ‘Forgotten Coast.’ I love it here.
 
A visit for Mac turned into a move and it was his good fortune to meet Kate, a feisty, fun gal who won his heart. His managerial tone of voice rang familiar to me. I have one of those at home.
 
Michael Helms jumped right into the mystery Mac is hired to solve, when the professor of archaeology at Florida State University is murdered. I think we may be going on a treasure hunt.
 
As the bodies mount, greed raises its ugly head. Is anybody telling the truth…about anything?
 
I love the fun and lively banter between Mac and Kate. Romance and mystery seem to go hand and hand for me and Michael Helms has a good supply of that. Their personalities shine through making me want more of them. The location is familiar to me and adds a little something extra to the story. I loved tromping through the ditches and climbing trees with Mac. There was so much going on, I had to wait for the package to be wrapped up for me. I love when I can’t figure everything out for myself. A perfect read the season.
 
I recieved a copy of Deadly Dunes by E Michael Helms in return for an honest review.
 
  4 Stars
 
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review 2016-03-10 15:05
from FictionZeal.com re: Deadly Dunes (Mac McClellan) by E. Michael Helms
Deadly Dunes (A Mac Mcclellan Mystery) - E. Michael Helms

Mac and his girlfriend, Kate, are back at it in this third book of the Mac McClellan series.  Single mom, Jessie, hires him to investigate her archaeologist brother’s death.  She didn’t believe it was suicide as the authorities suggested.  He had too much to live for.  Then Jessie is killed in an accident.  It all seems a little too coincidental to Mac.  Before she died, Jessie had managed to get a lot of information to Mac about Jacob’s findings.  But what does he do now without a paying client?  Move forward, of course.

 

Jacob had managed to find an antiquated map believed to be drawn during the exploration of Hernando de Soto and his men in the sixteenth century.  It pointed to a current place of Five Mile Island on the coast of Florida.  In present day, the place just happens to be where a brand new resort is scheduled to be built.  Big money and powerful companies do not welcome any hindrance to their profitmaking resort.

 

This was an engrossing novel with many thrilling twists.  However, I’m a stickler for ‘real’ or plausible situations within fiction.  Unless I missed it, there was no indicator of how Jacob had obtained the map.  I know he’s an archeologist, but a little more detail into how he managed to come upon a sixteenth century map would have more fully fleshed out part of this novel’s plot.  I did enjoy the characters, especially the banter between Mac and Kate.  The dialogue was wonderful even by the secondary characters.  This is the third in the Mac McClellan series.  He was introduced to us in Deadly Catch as a former US Marine.  In Deadly Ruse, he became a PI working for Frank Hightower of Hightower Investigations. Rating: 4 out of 5.

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review 2013-08-01 00:00
Of Blood and Brothers: BOOK ONE
Of Blood and Brothers: BOOK ONE - E. Michael Helms Of Blood and Brothers is a captivating story of a family torn apart by the Civil War, a war that truly forced friend against friend, father against son and brother against brother. Initially mysterious and increasingly emotional, Of Blood and Brothers will immediately lure you in with the promise of exploring deeply conflicted family relationships and revealing the unfortunate circumstances that nearly tore a family asunder. This story never lets you down. E. Michael Helms, a combat veteran himself, beautifully scripts the story of the Malburn family and successfully evokes all of the pain and heartache you would expect to feel under such distressing circumstances.

This particular journey follows the lives of brothers Daniel and Elijah Malburn, beloved brothers who fought as enemies during one of America’s most trying times. Their story is uncovered when, in 1927, a young reporter named Calvin Hogue is assigned to cover the Malburn family reunion. Is there that the depth and heartache of the Malburn family history is revealed. After interviewing Daniel and Elijah, Hogue learns that Elijah became a prisoner of the Union army after he was captured while working in the salt mines. After his capture Elijah, facing imprisonment, reluctantly agrees to work as a Union scout and lead a raid on his hometown of Econfina Valley. It was a crushing yet inevitable decision. Elijah’s turmoil and guilt over his decision is portrayed perfectly by Helms and the reader connects with Elijah’s conflict on a deeply emotional level.

All aspects of this book are deeply emotional, historically accurate and southern without being cliché or offensive. Helms knowledge of the Civil War and the impact of war on the emotional and mental health of veterans is genuine and heartfelt. The details of the war are realistic without being overly dramatic. The emotional toll the war takes on both Daniel and Elijah is agonizing yet factual and honest. The brothers are broken men, not just by the Civil War but also by personal trials, betrayal and the mutual love of a beautiful woman. It appears as though these brothers are simply destined to oppose each other in battle in all things whether it be for country, for pride or for love.

It is challenging to pick a side in this war of brothers. Daniel and Elijah are well-developed characters both with admirable qualities and tragic flaws. They each have lived the life they were forced to live given the circumstances, regret mistakes made before, during and after the war and are quite complex despite their simple southern nature. Each brother seeks redemption and reconciliation but a tragic past stands in their way and continues to divide the family even after the war has ended. Can the past be overcome? It’s a question that lives on well beyond Book One of this southern historical novel.

A deeply complex story full of anguish, ambition and the desire for atonement, Of Blood and Brothers is a book worth reading. It is a remarkable journey through one of the most challenging times in America’s history. It is the story of a family divided by secrets and tragedy who are desperately seeking to be reunited. If Book One is any indication this is going to be a must-read series.

Review by Ashley LaMar
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