Five Stars - Steven Konkoly, author of the best-selling Black Flagged and Perseid Collapse series.
Once again, McDermott delivers everything I've come to expect from this subject matter expert and master storyteller. How can McDermott bring an original extremist terrorism story into a market crowded with the same? Trust me. He nails it, with a finely researched, briskly paced, entirely satisfying thriller. From the opening chapters, McDermott had me hooked. As a former naval officer who served on naval vessels in the region described by McDermott, I can attest to the realism and authenticity of the setting and action. Read this book. You won't be disappointed.
Five Stars - William Bentrim, Pick of the Literate blog
"Once again, McDermott has done a super job with his characterizations. The plot could be lifted from the daily news.There is plenty of action and emotions are more realistic and perhaps less noble than the run of the mill stylized protagonist. Another must read from a terrific author."
Five Stars - Nancy, Cheryl's Book Nook blog
"The author, a veteran mariner, knows whereof he speaks and
writes with authority. The characters are people I'd want coming after me if I
were on a hijacked ship! Go get this one, it was great!"
Five Stars - Quasar "Q", Kindle Users Forum (UK)
"As we have come to expect from Mr. McDermott, this thriller unwinds at breakneck speed. The author's grasp of the details of ocean-going craft and the vagaries of human nature, rival that of the masterful Tom Clancy. All the characters are highly believable, and one simply must keep reading until the very last page. Unputdownable."
About the Author
grew up on the Gulf Coast and a seagoing career just came naturally.
After graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, I sailed as a
ship's officer for a number of years and then spent a decade in shore
side ship management before becoming an independent (i.e. self-employed)
marine surveyor in 1986. Some years later I formed a company
specializing in ship construction management and supervision. I've been a
lot of places, seen interesting things, and lived for extended periods
in both South America and the Far East (Singapore and China). By far the
most interesting aspect of travel (and life in general) is the people
you meet along the way, and I've had the good fortune to encounter a lot
of interesting characters. Bits and pieces of some of them make their
way into the characters of my novels.
I write the type of stories I
like to read. For me, that means ordinary people forced by
circumstances into extraordinary situations. I dislike stories in which
the hero is some combination of brain surgeon/nuclear physicist (or who
has some equally far-fetched skill set) and who just coincidentally
happens to be an ace helicopter pilot and a fifth degree black belt in
several different martial arts. Like the rest of us mortals, my
characters are normal people who screw up from time to time and have to
live with the results.
I'm currently retired from the marine
business and living in Tennessee with my lovely (and patient) wife of 39
years. Our current and mutual ambition is to return to Singapore for
several months each year. In addition to writing and travel, I
occasionally (when cornered) complete a task on my 'honey do' list, and
from time to time, join my wife in badgering our children to produce
grandchildren. All in all, a rewarding life.