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

R.E. McDermott
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)

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Book Description


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 governments 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 (Excerpts from reader reviews)

One of the best and most action-packed thrillers I've ever read. McDermott's pacing is exquisite. The empathy he creates for his protagonists works to build heart-throbbing fear as they are involuntarily plunged deeper and deeper into horrific situations. The words "action" and "thriller" are hardly sufficient.
Tgoodwin - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

McDermott's provocative imagination is complimented by superb research and magical writing skills. A page turner.
Brad Nelson - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

The character development is excellent. The plot development totally credible and contemporary. The pace is rapid and steady as a heart-beat, without running off of the tracks or jumping the shark. And in a fashion on which McDermott seems to hold the patent, revenge is extracted - deliciously.
Budd Cardone - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

I've been going to sea for 30+ years, and McDermott writes an authentic nautical thriller. He knows ships.
Captain PKD - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

One of the best intrigue novels I've ever read.
Nathan (NSW, Australia) - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

I've read a lot of thrillers, spy and war fiction, but McDermott tops them all.
Jan - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Excellent plot development with suspense and anticipation at every turn. A very good read for those who don't want to know the ending before you get there.
Wavedancers - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

The realism is terrific. The thrills non-stop, and the plot twists fantastic.
R. Getty - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Fast pace, great action and believable characters keep you turning pages late into the night.
Dan Smith - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Like early Clancy, detail-packed stories with an intricate web of plots that make sense.
Philip Wells - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

McDermott knows his stuff.
Ozzie Nomad - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

A fun read, a great story, and believable characters. Nothing not to like.
T1sailor - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

McDermott nails it, with a finely researched, briskly paced, entirely satisfying thriller.
Steven Konkoly - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Fast-paced and hard-boiled in the same vein as Cussler or Clancy.
Don Kidwell - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

An edge-of-your-seat thriller and virtually impossible to put down.
Don Downunder - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

It kept me reading all night.
Mike Strom - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Everything about his characters and events ring absolutely true.
Ross G Gauld - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Warning do not pick this book up close to bedtime!
Charley - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

Simply riveting, couldn't put it down!
Airdale O'B US Navy - Amazon Reader - 5 Stars

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: 328 pages
  • 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: #36,815 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Coast September 3, 2012
By Peter
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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 Four Stars
A pretty good read. It held my interest and kept me from getting to bed early.
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth precise
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
A fast paced thriller. hard to put down. Recommended.
Published 6 days 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 6 days 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 12 days ago by Jables
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read
Very interesting reading. Fast paced, keeps your interest .
Published 20 days ago by Harry Dunlap
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great ride on the high seas!
Published 22 days 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.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read and very fast paced
Good read and very fast paced. I found that I wasn't skimming even at the very end when many books lose my interest in the details.
Published 1 month ago by Rosan Keele
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great action adventure
Published 1 month ago by David A.
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
After reading the reviews I decide to try this book for free. I have been pleasantly surprised. The book had a good story line, dealt with current day topics of piracy and was... Read more
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More About the Author

R.E. McDermott grew up on the Gulf Coast and graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He's worked in the marine industry for over thirty years, in positions from ship's officer to shipping company management. Traveling widely, he's lived abroad for extended periods, and managed ship-building projects in the U.S., Japan, Singapore, and China. He currently splits his time between the U.S. and Singapore, where he operates a marine consultancy, advising clients on ship construction, and operational and engineering matters. Deadly Straits is his first novel

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