Author Don Helin


MISSINGSecret Assault
The sixth Zack Kelly thriller

High-level election officials mysteriously disappear from key presidential election swing states. A nursing home franchise in Minnesota keeps patients chained to their beds. Former General Frederick Farmington, a populist candidate with a radical protectionist agenda, inexplicably soars in the polls.

Are these incidents connected? Colonel Zack Kelly and his national security team suspect persons unknown within the president’s inner circle of aiding Farmington by tampering with the election.

Zack’s partner, Rene Garcia, infiltrates the Farmington campaign. She uncovers a plot to rig the election by hacking into state computers and using artificial intelligence to “cook the books.”

Zack finds the roots of the conspiracy run so deep they penetrate the lives of not only his team, but also his father, daughter, high-school classmates, and his first love of years ago.

Racing against time, Zack has to dig deep and use all his skills to rescue his colleagues from vicious killers who will stop at nothing to seize presidential power.

Not all of them will survive. 

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

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"MISSING is a top-notch political thriller, as timely as it is terrific. Thriller vet Don Helin turns his sights on shenanigans arising in the days leading up to a presidential election in a tale that is both eerily prescient and scarily on point. Call MISSING a book ripped from headlines we never want to see as Colonel Zach Kelly and his crack national security team race to prevent a crisis of catastrophic proportions that would change the nation forever. A tour de force destined to be shelved right alongside Seven Days in May, Advise and Consent, and Six Days of the Condor.”
— JON LAND, USA Today bestselling author

“Don Helin’s new thriller, MISSING, starts with a literal bang and never lets up. Old flames, old pain and problems from the past put Colonel Zack Kelly at the center of a perplexing mystery full of shocking twists and turns. His team of tough and colorful characters have returned to help him investigate a high-tech conspiracy that couldn’t be more topical. If you’re looking for an action-packed page turner with a story ripped from today’s headlines, look no further.”
— HARIS ORKIN, award winning author of YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE and Amazon Best Selling Author of the JAMES FLYNN THRILLERS

“Don Helin has a prescription for a fever pitched thriller that sounds a loud constitutional alarm for today. With his new novel, MISSING, Helin infuses the likes of Robin Cook and David Baldacci into a highly-charged, fast-paced warning that our political health might well be on life support. A timely and exciting read.”
— GARY GROSSMAN, Best-selling author of Executive Actions, Old Earth and Red Hotel