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Deadly Straits | [R. E. McDermott]

Deadly Straits

When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.
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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and W.E.B. Griffin, R. E. McDermott delivers a thriller to rival the masters.

When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down.

Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

When a tanker is found adrift near Singapore with a dead crew, and another explodes in Panama as Alex lies near death after a suspicious suicide attempt, Dugan is framed for the attacks. Out of options, and convinced the attacks are prelude to an even more devastating assault, Dugan eludes capture to follow his last lead to Russia, only to be shanghaied as an "advisor" to a Russian Spetsnaz unit on a suicide mission.

Deadly Straits is a nonstop thrill ride, from London streets, to the dry docks of Singapore, to the decks of the tankers that feed the world's thirst for oil, with stops along the way in Panama, Langley, Virginia, and Teheran. Richly spiced with detail from the author's 30 years sailing, building, and repairing ships worldwide, it is, in the words of one reviewer, "fast-paced, multilayered, and gripping."

©2011 R. E. McDermott (P)2012 R. E. McDermott

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    Robin United States 01-31-13
    Robin United States 01-31-13
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    "A must read Suspense Thriller!"
    Where does Deadly Straits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have just completed "The Eye of the Tiger" and I consider "Deadly Straits" to be far more engaging.Deadly Straits is right at the top of our list of audiobooks. I am legally blind and audiobooks are necessary, therefore and needless to say, I have listened to quite a few. My wife enjoys soaking in the bathtub, listening to audiobooks and she, also, thoroughly enjoyed "Deadly Straits".


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is never bogged down and keeps moving. It also keeps one guessing and has surprising twists and turns. I was pleasantly surprised as I usually surmise what will happen long before it does happen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite parts was when they figured out who the true culprit was on the ship


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    For the first time since reading the first couple of novels of W.E.B. Griffin and Tom Clancy, I actually enjoyed every aspect of this book and waited for the next sentence. For me personally, it is the first time in over 10 years that my interest was keep totally captivated until the end of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a person who stays very busy on complex issues of crime, deception and skulduggery. I was not prepared for the final scene but I was thoroughly captivated and impressed by the final scene. It has been a long time coming that we find a writer capable of challenging the likes of Clancy or Griffin. I am impatiently waiting for Mr. McDermott's other books to become available on audiobooks. And, to all suspense/thriller novelists and enthusiasts - Beware! R.E. McDermott HAS arrived.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Higgins Wayne, NJ USA 03-21-13
    Frank Higgins Wayne, NJ USA 03-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Kept me clamped to my Audible iPhone app"

    I received this audiobook from the author, R.E. McDermott, as I have begun participating in a GoodReads group - AudioBooks. I read/listen constantly, so a new book from an author new to me is truly a treat.

    This book did not disappoint, not one bit. I've read/listen to the entire Patrick O'Brian series so I am familiar to a small degree with the intricacies of mystery-thrillers cast upon a sea. The technical exposition McDermott uses brings what might be mundane to some, alive and exciting to the reader/listener. I was enthralled. Having the time, I read the book almost non-stop. (Using the Audible.com iPhone app you can set a book to play for x minutes and stop. At 4 am, I simply had to stop resetting the timer and get some sleep.)

    McDermott's characters are drawn richly. The plots are multiple and multi-layered. The author draws from current day geo-political themes much in the same way as a Clancy techno-military thriller does. Tom Dugan, the main protagonist, is compelling in his knowledge of shipping and ships; and how to use that knowledge as a weapon. Dugan's many antagonists are portrayed as heinous, uncaring beings, easy to despise.

    I cannot wait to read the next in the series - Deadly Coast.

    One caution, this is my first listen of Todd Haberkorn as Narrator. I was unfamiliar with his style and pacing. As the book progressed, I appreciated his initial low-key delivery, which became increasingly passionate as the plot developed. Don't be put off by his initial, under-played characterizations. He helps build tension adroitly as the plot develops and has a nice range of voices with which to paint McDermott's vivid characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    imaham Aptos, CA, United States 09-05-13
    imaham Aptos, CA, United States 09-05-13
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    "Engaging and Engrossing"

    The author was kind enough to send me a copy of the audiobook even though I am typically more of a ink on page type of reader. I was pleasantly surprised at the pacing and delivery of the audio format. I had already read the book in Kindle format and was hooked with the authors style and the characters that he has developed. Both translated well into the spoken version and I had little trouble following along. This would be a great book for someone who is an action/adventure enthusiast that perhaps has a long trip planned and has the time to thoroughly enjoy this format. I liked Deadly Straits so well that I could hardly wait for the release of Bob's second book, Deadly Coast. Again, I was not disappointed.
    I believe that he has a 3rd book coming out in the fall and I am anxiously awaiting it's release. Check out his work. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Green WOODLAND HILLS, CA, US 09-05-13
    Ron Green WOODLAND HILLS, CA, US 09-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Writer - Needs Editor"

    This is a wonderful story that really needs an editor. I read and listen to dozens of books a year and I had a hard time keeping track of the veritable army of characters performing in myriad scenarios. This work demonstrates, as nothing else I've read does, the job of the literary editor. With an editor and another couple of rewrites this could be a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SenorFrog Texas 04-27-13
    SenorFrog Texas 04-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Reminded me of Ian Flemming"

    What a treat.

    This was a new author and a new book. And also a new narrator. It has been years since I read Ian Flemming - mid to late 60s. When I did I read all the books as a teen. This reminded me a lot of that.

    There are plenty of twist and turns and a fair amount of action. The characters are likable and sympathetic ... or as dispicable as Dr. No. I especially liked Anna Walsh; maybe because in my minds eye I had Christina Hendricks (AKA Joan Holloway) playing the part.

    Good first effort by R.E. McDermott. And great effort by the narrator Todd Haberkorn in doing the multitude of voices.

    Caveat - don't judge this book till you get past chapter 3. There is lots to set up and the plot structure is complex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fran Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 03-17-13
    Fran Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 03-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thrilling new thriller"

    As a self-published author, McDermott did a superb job putting together a thriller that can be best be described as following Clive Cussler - a bit over the top. He has imagined a "what if" scenario of horrific proportion and written a solid thriller. I listened to the audiobook version that was splendidly narrated by Todd Haberkorn who deftly handled the many characters. The characterizations are very well done and the plot and suspense are jigsawed together very nicely. Just when I thought reality had really been suspended beyond belief McDermott had an explanation that was spot on and answered my niggling little questions as I listened. The plot and the suspense were crafted in a wonderful jigsaw that fit together. Unfortunately we live in a world of have and havenots and McDermott's premise is not that far-fetched. If any one of the scenarios happened in the future it would topple governments and shift the balance of power. Under the Freedom of Information Act, some day in the future I wouldn't be surprised if any one of the events in the book had actually been a terrorist plot that had been thwarted. I'm looking forward to Deadly Coast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ro arizona 03-05-13
    Ro arizona 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book had a little bit of everything"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a little bit of everything: espionage, intrigue, comedy, , likable characters, insane freaking terrorists and best of all, heart pounding action. Can audio books be described as page turners?

    I loved the narration too. I listen to A LOT of audio books and the narration can break a book. Todd did a fantastic job with all the dialogue and all the accents he had to do.

    This is my first review on Audible even though I've been a member for well over a year. McDermott is self published so I wanted to be sure and give my support. I can't wait to start "Deadly Coast" today!

    I haven't listened to too many books in this genre, the only other one I can think of being "The Hunt for Red October" and I enjoyed "Deadly Straits" much much more. The narration especially was a thousand times better.

    The volume fluctuated quite a bit at times I noticed in the production of this audio book so if you're using headphones, just be careful. Aside from that, this book is well worth the credit! Go get it! Oh and stay tuned after the book is over for a special treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Wollongbar, Australia 01-29-13
    Anthony Wollongbar, Australia 01-29-13

    I am an avid reader and listener of books and audiobooks. I love my new Kindle as I can enjoy both mediums! I live in Australia and love thrillers!

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    "Read It & Lstened to It and Still Outstanding!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deadly Straits to be better than the print version?

    I don't consider it better but enjoyed through a different medium and it was thoroughly enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was well done in bringing the great story, plot and character development to life. It is highly recommended and a very pleasurable story to be absorbed in!


    Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is my first but I would gladly listen to other narrations by him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    By the time I listened to the first few chapters I dearly wanted to continue, however, I did not have the time so I enjoyed it over a few days. Each time I was left itching to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favour and don't just read it but listen to the story as well, it is a fantastic experience to be taken in by a great writer and his very accomplished narrator. Can't wait for the next instalments by both parties! Thanks for the enjoyable time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 03-08-13
    Bob GAHANNA, OH, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Thank Goodness It's Over"
    What disappointed you about Deadly Straits?

    The story was predictable and the characters were cardboard cutouts, The good guys were extremely good and the bad guys were extremely bad.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm undecided but it will definitely not be a story by this author.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was OK except for the Cassie character. Irritating doesn't even come close.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boring and disappointing. A credit and numerous hours I'll never get back. However, I do think I learned something by listening to the bloody end. That being, just because you purchased a bad story don't hang-on to the end to get your money's worth,


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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