Devil's Den


Fiction - Thriller - General
272 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2013
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Author Biography

During his time in the mililtary, Don Helin served seven years in the Pentagon as well as multiple tours in the United States and overseas. These Washington D.C. insider positons have provided him ample material for his novels. His thriller, Thy Kingdom Come, was published in 2009. His latest thriller, Devil's Den, was published in 2012 and recently was a finalist in the Indie Book Awards. Don is an active member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Military Writers Society of America, and Pennwriters, a state-wide writers group. He makes his home in central Pennsylvania, and is hard at work on his next thriller.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

Army Colonel Zack Kelly and his friend and co-worker Blake Lannigan decide to travel to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for a short break. Blake believes there is more to Gettysburg than meets the eye and runs onto the battlefield at Devil's Den to look for ghosts. In moments she disappears. Zack, with three tours in Afghanistan, now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He has no memory of what happened to Blake; he only remembers hoof beats and other noises. Zack immediately becomes the FBI's number one suspect in Blake’s disappearance. But, he is not alone when Irish medium Shelia O'Donnell, and his partner on the President's National Security Advisor's Task Force, Lieutenant Colonel Rene Garcia, are determined to solve the mystery. The search intensifies for Blake where in Washington D.C. an Irish Mafia assassin attempts to kill him. Does this assassination attempt really have something to do with Blake’s disappearance, or is it something more? Zack and Shelia head for Galway, Ireland, to determine why there is a contract on his life; then must head back to Washington to unravel a mysterious Irish connection to all of this, before it is too late.

"Devil’s Den" is a nice simple mystery and even with some violence I would still consider it in the cozy mystery genre. The idea for the plot is sound and the characters are well-defined. The plot takes a complete twist toward the end that really grabs the reader. Overall, a very nice read.