Thursday, October 2, 2014

Deadly Ruse Book Review

I have an amazingly good mystery/thriller book to share with you called Deadly Ruse written by E. Michael Helms.

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.
My Review:

I love a good mystery and this one was a real doozy! How can someone be dead but you see them one day while out eating? Especially someone whom you loved and thought about getting married to?

That is exactly what happened to Kate. This guy was suppose to have drowned at sea years ago but yet she sees him going into a restaurant one night while she was leaving with her date. But, she an ace up her sleeve in that the date was also good at tracking down mysteries and she happens to have an uncle who is a P.I., so off they go trying to solve the mystery.

It's a fast paced, full of drama with a side of romance, but of course, seeing the old boyfriend plays on the new boyfriend's mind a lot. He's not sure what is going on but decides to help Kate out and figure out what happened all those years ago at sea.

It's one heck of a tangled web of lies, deceit and infidelity. Poor Kate will wish that she had never seen this man that night coming out of the restaurant before it's all over. If you love a good thriller like I do, then this one will be right up your alley!

Happy Reading!
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 over 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 saga of the Civil War, Of Blood and Brothers, was released in September 2013, with Book Two following in March 2014. The first of his Mac McClellan Mysteries, Deadly Catch, was published in November 2013. Deadly Ruse, the second in the series, is scheduled for release November 2014. The Private War of Corporal Henson, a semi-autobiographical fictional sequel to his memoir, The Proud Bastards, is due out June 2014.

Helms lives with his wife in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate region of South Carolina, where they enjoy canoeing, hiking and bird watching.

More information about his writing/books, and how he can be contacted, is available at his website:


Michelle Klingen said...

No, I really don't follow any authors, I usually just pick books I like

Anita Yancey said...

I have lots of favorites, but lately I have been reading a lot of James Patterson and Lisa Gardner's books. Thanks for having the giveaway.