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
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".
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.
One of my favorite parts was when they figured out who the true culprit was on the ship
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.
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.
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.
Wow, what's not to love about Deadly Straits? Deadly Straits is a--suspense--gripping--non-stop--thriller that spans Singapore to Panama. It's about Tom Dugan, a hero falsely accused of hijacking that is forced to go undercover to find who the real culprit is, who happens to be his best friend. It's non-stop action that is reminiscent of Robert Ludlum's books.
I can't believe this is a first book! Again, McDermott's book is like the Ludlum series and a little bit like Clancy.
I'm fascinated by Panama, and Mcdermott's sections about all the boat action really made the vision come alive for me.
I received this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review via Audible.
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.
I am actually more a fan of fantasy and sci fi, but I do like the work of Brad Thor and Simon Gervais, so I thought this might be up my alley. I was so right! Talk about a great character driven thriller. Tom Dugan is a 47 year old ship engineer who basically contracts to inspect ships seaworthiness. His best friend Alex owns Phoenix Shipping out of England, and provides about 70% of his bookings. Unknown to everyone else, Tom is a stringer for the CIA, basically keeping his eyes open for anything the CIA might need to check out, such as potential terrorist threats using ships. Alex has a daughter who is basically his whole world, but when a terrorist threatens his daughter, he agrees to do what they ask to keep her safe. So starts a story spanning the globe, with international politics and intrigues, multiple spy agencies, islamic fundamentalist terrorists, and multiple terrorist plots designed to destroy and cripple key areas of the world. Can Tom Dugan and the members of the CIA and MI5 stop the plots? Well, you'll just have to read this action packed thrill ride to find out. With a well thought out plot, exceptionally thought out characters and meticulous detail that is obviously well researched, you wont be able to stop listening or reading. I actually went throught the whole thing in one night at work. Todd Haberkorn does his usual outstanding job, really bringing the story and characters to life. As I said, and fan of Brad Thor, Simon Gervais or even Clive Cussler should really love this book.
I was given a copy of this book at no charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I got this for free for a honest review, and that is what you get: A honest review.
(Read the start a bit ironic) So first off:I hate this book. There. What? A 5 star review for a book you hate? Yes, and i will tell you why. This book made me CHANGE my opinion on this kind of books. I don't like this kind of books, and R. E. McDermott made me CARE! So, NO i did not hate book. I LOVED it to the moon and back! R. E. McDermott is now in my topp 5 ALL TIME AUTHERS! Congrats! Todd Haberkorn reads this 10 hrs and 6 mins book perfect. SO thanks to him, congrats to him as well! I just love his voice. Now on to the next book!
I am listening to something everyday!
This is how stories are supposed to be written. Just awesome and goes into the stack of books that I will listen to again and again.
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Tom Dugan, the main character, is an expert on marine shipping and nautical matters in general. He takes a job with his friend Alex, a shipping magnate. Soon we learn that Alex is being extorted by a cabal of evildoers including Iranians, Chechens, and most formidably, a despicable German named Braun who has wormed his way into the company and has a violent thug ready to do imminent harm to Alex's daughter. The rest of the plot is too complex to explain and I don't want to provide any spoilers, but it involves a worldwide conspiracy that would affect global commerce disastrously.
Some aspects are terrific. The action scenes, and there are many, are pulse-pounding thrill rides and imaginative scenarios that could only come from an author who knows maritime matters inside and out. In this one sense the author lays legitimate claim to the title of successor to Tom Clancy. The book can also give the reader an education on geography and the importance to us all of the flow of oil and other goods through a few very critical straits. I listened to the Audible edition. The reader was outstanding, mastering perhaps a half dozen accents and doing a fine job of acting as well.
There were a few drawbacks, too, that one should be aware of. The number of characters and locales is huge and it is easy to lose track of who's who. I wish I had started a spreadsheet at the beginning, but I was too lazy to start over and start writing it all down. I had trouble following the plot and remembering who was a good guy and who was a bad guy, especially since one of the CIA guys acts like a bad guy. Most disturbing to me, at least at first, was the amateurishly demonic way the bad guys were characterized. Every single one was a pederast lusting after underage blond virgins, and of course several characters conveniently had underage daughters to serve as threat targets. All the bad guys kept shooting their own men in the head, too, once their usefulness was over. It must be hard to keep the cabal together with that kind of career advancement plan. It got to be so ludicrous that I literally began trying to predict when the next bad guy was going to get it in the head by his superior or fellow co-conspirator. The constant references to unspeakable acts on the young girls got to be a bit much, too, so if sadistic perversion upsets you, you may want to read actual Tom Clancy instead.
So for the real action fan, this book can be a great read. Don't worry about the plot so much. Just enjoy the thrill ride in those scenes. For those seeking plausible characters and plot, there are better choices out there.
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I am a retired mariner and appreciated the precision of the maritime and engineer allusions in the story. One could follow and see the story in ones mind based on previous shipboard experience. It. Added immensely to the narrative and made an excellent novel.
Thank. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this audible book.
Time well spent. Really enjoyed this book and the other two in the series. Good characters, well researched locations and nicely guaged action. I'll be looking for more from Mr McDermott.
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