Author Don Helin


FROM ARMY REGULATIONS TO NOVELSFrom Army Regulations to Novels
A Writer's Journey

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?

Headline Books, paperback, October 2020. ISBN 978-1951556426

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