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'm 1 hour into this book and is just not getting any better. The story just isn't interesting and the bad guys speech and behavior is so revolting I just can't listen anymore.
Tie your shoes on tight and buckle up! What a Rollercoaster ride and it starts from the first chapter. I listened to this book and it was superbly read. The characters were well written and I cared about and what happened to each one even the low life's . The low life's were dealt with in a very satisfying way. Good story makes you wonder ...
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
Fast moving story after the foundation is set! You'll take a rocket ride to many places in the world, there are con games, liars, cheaters, true villains, vendictive cops, people that operate a few cards short, and a few ingenious wrinkles along the way. Oh, I forgot a lot of wholesale killing along the way.
The main character and his #1 friend are being set up for some major disasters, and treasury theft on an international level by none other than a terrorist group that wants the money and our heroes to take the fall!
Good story, moves right on along, diversity of characters"....and well worth the credit.
Typically, these types of books are hit or miss with me. This one is definitely a hit. It held my attention and had be rooting for Tom and Alex. The narrator did a good job with all of the characters he had to portray. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
Norwegian in a English world!
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!
"Good plot. Great listening"
Loved this and will start out listening to the sequel in a few short minutes.
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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