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Deadly Coast (A Tom Dugan Novel) [Kindle Edition]

R.E. McDermott
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the wake of his best-selling thriller Deadly Straits, which drew comparisons to Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, and W.E.B. Griffin, newcomer R.E. McDermott is back with another action-packed adventure.


As Tom Dugan and Alex Kairouz, his partner and best friend, struggle to ransom their ship and crew from murderous Somali pirates, things take a turn for the worse. A US Navy contracted tanker with a full load of jet fuel is also hijacked, not by garden variety pirates, but by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, changing the playing field completely.

With a possible link between piracy and terrorism now in play, the US and British goverments order the halt of all negotiations for captive ships, and enraged pirates ratchet up the mistreatment of the captive crews. When one of their crewman is murdered in front of him on a live video feed, a frustrated Dugan takes matters into his own hands and starts his own rescue operation, only to stumble across something far more sinister — a rogue salvage operation for a long lost weapon of mass destruction. Isolated at sea on an old tanker previously destined for the ship breakers, Dugan and his hastily assembled little force of Russian mercenaries find themselves the last line of defense between the world and a terrifying bio-weapon.

Weaving historical fact with speculative fiction, Deadly Coast takes the reader from London board rooms into the very real world of modern day pirates — and their victims.

Editorial Reviews


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. It has roots in reality and that may be one of the things that makes it so captivating. 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 new 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 - Seeley James, Seeley James blog
"If you like thrillers of any kind, you will love this book. If you like Cussler, Clancy, or Connelly, you will love this book. If you like nautical thrillers in particular, you will really love this book."

Five Stars - Quasar "Q", Kindle Users Forum (UK)
"Deadly Coast is the second book from master storyteller McDermott. As we have come to expect from Mr. McDermott, this sea-based adventure thriller takes place at breakneck speed. As always, 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 three-dimensional and highly believable, and one simply must keep reading until the very last page. Unputdownable."

About the Author

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, R.E. McDermott spent thirty years in the marine industry, in positions from ship's officer to shipping company management. He's managed ship building projects in the U.S. and Far East, and currently splits his time between the U.S. and Singapore, where he maintains a marine consultancy, advising clients on ship construction, operations, and engineering matters. Visit him at

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983741735
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: R.E. McDermott (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00958ALWU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEADLY COAST January 2, 2013
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read December 20, 2012
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I just finished Deadly Coast and really enjoyed it,I did not expect it to be better than Deadly Straits,but it was!I like Naval Fiction of all sorts but there are not many books about the Merchant Marine and this set really caught my interest,and the use of Historical events made it all the more interesting.Here's hoping there are more to come from Dugan and Company.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book and story. January 10, 2014
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Good second book. I look forward to the next one in the series . It's nice to see new authors developing as very g authors.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars better October 7, 2012
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The Deadly Coast was well written, better overall than the first, Deadly Straits. He kept more on line, the story flowed better and he is "getting the hang" of telling a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story but not a book you can't put down. October 7, 2013
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Love some of McDermott's work but not this book. Don't get me wasn't bad but I kept hoping it would get better. Place was a bit slow for me. For my taste there were just too many characters that were unlikable and not nearly enough heros.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Faced paced quick read January 16, 2014
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Not to give away the plot, but I enjoyed the different, even if fictional, approach to a real life problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel December 8, 2012
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I really got into McDermott's first book and had trouble putting it down and book 2 didn't disappoint. I read a lot of Clancy and WEB Griffin and these books have a lot of characteristics that remind me of those authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Coast September 3, 2012
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Deadly Coast provides fast paced suspense with a great plot.

With world tensions as they are, this novel is feasible, will presented and

A great way to spend an evening or two.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for those who like a suspenseful novel
A good story one that kept me in suspense until.the very end. The author's commentary at the end put a lot more perspective on the subject.
Published 19 days ago by Sid Little
5.0 out of 5 stars ... action packed and fast paced book that I would recommend as a good...
Although at times the stormy strains credibility in general this is an action packed and fast paced book that I would recommend as a good read for people who like to read Vince... Read more
Published 20 days ago by S P Ayotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Some historical facts mixed in with insight into the current piracy problems in Somalia make for some entertaining reading.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A pretty good read. It held my interest and kept me from getting to bed early.
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth precise
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
A fast paced thriller. hard to put down. Recommended.
Published 1 month ago by dionysos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great nautical terrorism story. Recomended.
Great story line and a very pleaseant read. Strongly recomend for nautical, action oriented readers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I liked the book---Story tied together without going into long descriptions of trivial things. Lots of action.
Published 2 months ago by Jables
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read
Very interesting reading. Fast paced, keeps your interest .
Published 2 months ago by Harry Dunlap
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ride on the high seas!
Published 2 months ago by Ed D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelously engaging
International adventure at its best. Somewhat slow at the start the pace picked up and I found the book impossible to put down. I highly recommend it.
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More About the Author

I 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 coincidently 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.

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