State Library of Pennsylvania Virtual Author Talk:
Don Helin presents his latest book:
From Army Regulations to Novels:
A Writers Journey

Date:   June 29, 2022  12 Noon to 1 PM  —Register below
Note: Mr. Helin will be at ALA booths 1944 and 1945 Insight books if you would like to stop by and say hello!

About the book: In less time than it takes to run a hundred-yard dash, Don Helin’s life is shattered with the stunning news of an illness, triggering numbness, shock, confusion and despair. In a fast-paced memoir that reads more like one of his thriller novels, Helin leads us through his journey while weaving into the narrative of his military life the chaos of Vietnam, Watergate, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and political intrigue in the Pentagon. Finding himself on the threshold of the five steps of grief, he considers the different roads he might have traveled. He enters a National Cancer Institute study protocol, designed for Vietnam veterans with health issues caused by Agent Orange. Will the results of this study help the many veterans who suffer from Agent Orange inflicted diseases? With the help of his wife and others as well as his own strength of human spirit, Helin considers changing priorities in his life which might lead to a different conclusion. But is it too late to make changes or must he simply play out the hand he’s been dealt?

About the author: During his time in the military, Don Helin served at several stateside posts as well as overseas in Vietnam and Germany. He is the author of seven thrillers that draw from his military experience, including three tours in the Pentagon. He writes for TheBurg, a community magazine based in Harrisburg.

Don is the editor of the new anthology, Voices from the Pandemic. 2020 has brought changes in everyone’s life. Read the memoirs of healthcare workers, educators, writers and entertainers, people who have experienced loss, and a special group — elementary school students — to better understand what this period has meant to all of us.

His novel, Secret Assault, was selected as the Best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards. His novel, Long Walk Home, won a Five Star review at Readers Favorite Awards and his latest novel, Roof of the World, was a finalist in the 2020 Indie Book Awards.

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