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
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.