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.
This book brings many seemingly unconnected plots all together with interesting characters: and still fits all the puzzle pieces together. Enjoyed the people and the plot.
The developmentally challenged girl was my hero. She lived by her rule, "That a Lady is always prepared." A very positive character in a challenging world.
Refers to the above comment.Also, a great deal about the ongoings of a ship and oil prices around the world.
Intrigue, cruelty, real humans, and justice are all there. I avoid books that make me cry. I would have liked a few scenes left out or less graphic. Had a few good laughs. Some the characters' accents make you laugh, but don't really distract from the story. Just gets the character across better. Narration was varied and engaging.
It had intrigue, cruelty, real humans, and justice all put together.
Happily married mother of three. Avid reader. Love Audible!
This was one of those books that I couldn't wait to read every day. The story was great and the reader did a very good job. Very detailed and accurate in its facts, the story grabbed me and pulled me in. I look forward to more from this author.
Great mix of intrigue and action across the globe along with the obligatory sex angle !!!
Will definitely read more of McDermott's books.
The blend of characters, action, and pace of the story were excellent
Reminded me of Vince Flynn's books where I did not want to stop listening.
I enjoyed all the characters but the Nanny was actually my favorite character. She was the protector and had a strong personality that made for some comic relief.
If you liked Vince Flynn, then I think you will like this author. The reader was also excellent and performed the different voices very well.
Very enjoyable sequences at a number of locations but maps would perhaps have been in the printed version? I was lost amongst all of the players in the UK sequences. I would buy this author again.
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