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

R.E. McDermott
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Book Description

DUGAN THOUGHT SOMALI PIRATES WERE BAD NEWS. THEN IT GOT WORSE.

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.

READER COMMENTS (Read full reviews below)

"As a fan of Clancy and Griffin, I was skeptical, but the book came through as described and I really enjoyed it."
Indiver, Amazon - 5 Stars

"A rip-roaring thriller!"
Captain Chris, Amazon - 5 Stars

Pretty damned good  read and well worth those five stars.
Claudette, Amazon - 5 Stars

I didn't have high hopes for a book about Somali pirates. I was wrong. An authentic action thriller with a dash of humour and interesting characters that have been well developed. I did several years at sea so a novel where the the author writes with so much in-depth knowledge of things nautical is very refreshing.
Rod, Amazon - 5 Stars

"I was blown away! McDermott is right up there with the best like Tom Clancy and WEB Griffin.
MCole, Amazon - 5 Stars

"This book grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me excited throughout."
Berten De Schutter, Amazon (Belgium) - 5 Stars

"McDermott Rocks! Adding McDermott to the top of my list."
Steve Mayfield, Amazon - 5 Stars

"Mr. McDermott knows his subject, intimately. Everything about his characters and events ring absolutely true. It's like early Tom Clancy."
Ross G. Gauld, Amazon - 5 Stars

"A great read from beginning to end! McDermott has found Cussler's formula for keeping his readers fully engaged and on the edge of their seats."
Money, Amazon - 5 Stars

"Absolutely riveting! Deadly Coast is even better than the first book Deadly Straits."
RxConsult, Amazon - 5 Stars

"I like great stories with nautical themes and this one is as good as any I've read recently."
Mark R., Amazon - 5 Stars

"Lots of action and very hard to put down - up two nights in a row until 2 AM. It equals Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler."
Thomas Rears, Amazon - 5 Stars

"Still better than Clancy! Held my interest for the entire book."
Cletus1954, Amazon - 5 Stars

"Fantastic story line. This is a book I'll read again someday."
Joe Tompkins, Amazon - 5 Star

"In a league with Cussler, Wilber Smith, and MacLean. A great storyteller, weaving a great tale."
Vinu Raman, Amazon - 5 Stars

"Another outstanding book by R.E. McDermott. The only problem I had was putting it down to go to work. The story line is fast-paced, with the unexpected the norm."
Phil, Amazon - 5 Stars


Editorial Reviews

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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

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 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.

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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEADLY COAST January 2, 2013
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DEADLY COAST IS A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE THRILLER. I HAVE BEEN GOING TO SEA FOR 30+ YEARS, AND MR. McDERMOTT WRITES AN AUTHENTIC NAUTICAL THRILLER. HE KNOWS ABOUT SHIPS AND GOING TO SEA AND BRINGS THE TENSION OF HIGH RISK WATERS AND SOMALI PIRATES TO LIFE. THE THRILLS NEVER STOP. ARMCHAIR SAILORS WILL BE ABLE TO FEEL THE TENSION OF MODERN DAY MERCHANT MARINERS AS THEY ENTER THESE DANGEROUS WATERS. LOOKING FORWARD TO DEADLY STRAIGHTS. A++++++++
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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 wrong...it 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
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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Coast September 3, 2012
By Peter
Format:Kindle Edition
Deadly Coast provides fast paced suspense with a great plot.

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

A great way to spend an evening or two.

Pete
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I read 'Deadly Coast' and 'Deadly Straits' Both books were ...
I read 'Deadly Coast' and 'Deadly Straits' Both books were an exciting 'read' from cover to cover. I wish I were a bit more articulate so I could really describe the emotions... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Don Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it a lot
Another well told story by R.E. McDermott. I enjoyed it a lot. Technically believable and fast paced. Keep up the good work.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
All three of the books in this series are exceptional books. They have more realism and plausible history than most thrillers, the character are very real and the dialogues dead... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bill Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Hard to put it down.
Another great Tom Dugan novel. Best series I have read since Jack Reacher. I will be looking for more form McDermott!
Published 14 days ago by G A Van de Langeryt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Mr. McDermott.
I am a fan of the original Tom Clancy novels (before co authors) and Mr. McDermott's books remind me of those. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Cynthea J. Brockhaus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down!
Published 17 days ago by Brian R. Shreve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read and well written. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 19 days ago by Kay Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars High Seas Adventure
This was a page turning, high seas thriller! Fighting Somali pirates with some fun loving (for them) Russian cohorts. If you read Deadly Straits, The Luther Hurd is back. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jeff Benham
4.0 out of 5 stars ... keep track of all the players but still a good read.
A little hard to keep track of all the players but still a good read.
Published 28 days ago by robert kozel
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
A well written, action packed adventure that has good character development. It is also gratifying to have the good guy come out on top.
Published 28 days ago by Robert
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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 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.

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