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Deadly Coast (A Tom Dugan Novel) by [McDermott, R.E.]
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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'm a merchant seaman by training. After graduation from the Merchant Marine Academy, I sailed for several years, and then spent thirty years as a marine consultant.  I traveled widely, saw interesting things, and lived in several countries. I've had the good fortune (and sometime misfortune) of knowing more than a few interesting characters, and bits and pieces of them populate my novels.

I write stories of people in extraordinary situations. Not superheroes, just ordinary people who screw up, but who rise to life's challenges when the occasion demands.

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  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
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  • Publisher: R.E. McDermott (December 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00958ALWU
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Pretty darned good read.

This one starts out with a Japanese lab. A lab thats producing and testing a deadly toxin.

The toxin is then shipped on a German sub headed for the war. Its a weapon the Japanese think can help them and their allies.

Dr. Yoshi Imamura and two other Japanese have accompanied the toxin to Europe.

The sub is sunk and all but Imamura are killed. Imamura is rescued and eventually makes his was to the US and biological labs. He's now working for his former enemies. He doesn't tell anyone about the toxin two miles down in the ocean. He tells no one how horrific the toxin is. He does, however, for the next forty years try to make an antidote to the toxin. He is not successfull.

In modern day Somalia piracy has exploded. The Somali pirates have many vessels and crews they are trying to ransom.

Al Shabeeb, a jihadist organization, is also in Somalia. The leader of a group of them has found out about the toxin and has an elaborate plan. An elaborate plan that works to perfection.

So begins one damned good read.

This one has Tom Dugan his MI5 girlfriend Anna, his partner and best friend Alex Kairouz, Dugans Russian friends, Somali priates, Al Shabeeb jihadists, highjacked ships, a giant fully loaded tanker, the search for billions of dollars worth of silver, the search for canisters of toxin, hostages in danger, a US Army infilitrator, the CIA, the US Navy SEALS and the race to stop the jihadists from killing thousands.

Just a great read and well worth those five stars.
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This story of piracy is mostly all on different ships and has many countries involved. If you enjoy nothing but war type violence gruesome torture and long drawn out dialogue then it is for you. Not my cup of tea.
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Not content with writing a rip-roaring thriller, McDermott gives us one of the truly tough guy heros in maritime fiction.
"Deadly Coast", R.E.McDermott's second book is an equally riveting sequel to" Deadly Straits". It re-unites readers with Tom Dugan and his team in another exciting maritime thriller involving Phoenix Shipping, on this occasion pitted against Somali pirates.
In the current climate of concern regarding piracy in the northern Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, the subject is not only topical but also highlights the terror that crews of merchant vessels are being subjected to sailing in this area. McDermott' s maritime expertise makes the situations he introduces very believable.
Two acts of piracy are depicted in graphic detail and their terrifying outcome developed in a way that many practicing mariners who have suffered will recognize.
Introducing relicts from WWII in the form of a sunken German U-Boat, with its cargo of silver bullion being salvaged by a wealthy Arab, but also carrying deadly chemical pathogens developed by the Japanese adds a further twist to this thrilling yarn.
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R.E.McDermott's second novel, Deadly Coast, is one of the best and most action packed thrillers I've ever encountered. Carrying on the tale of characters created in his debut effort Deadly Straights (which is also recommended and in fact you may want to read it first) McDermott brings modern piracy into the picture, and these pirates are *not* anything like Johnny Depp. Mix in fanatacism, weapons of mass destruction, storms at sea, cutthroats and mercenaries, sinking ships and sharks, tons of treasure being pulled from the sea, heroic attempts and unexpected betrayals, politics, spooks, military units and probably a half dozen other things I'm leaving out and what you've got is ... well ... Deadly Coast by R.E.McDermott.

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 where they may or may not survive. The words "action" and "thriller" are hardly sufficient to describe the frenetic and desperate activites described in this book and once it starts it just keeps on coming.

As a long-time mariner himself the author knows his subject well. What's astonishing is that someone who just started writing novels a couple of years ago can be such an excellent and accomplished story teller right out of the gate. He gives you the detail you need to make it real without slipping into technical writing. His dialogue is believable. His characters are fleshed out as much as you need them to be. And it's all tied together so well it's practically addictive. I'm not saying you can't put it down, I'm saying you won't. So if you want to forget everything about yourself and your life and be completely distracted for hours on end, I recommend Deadly Coast. At what it costs on the Kindle it practically makes you a pirate yourself, 'cause it's a real steal.
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Central story is about Somali pirates plaguing the shipping lanes until Dugan and associates use some obscure maritime law to turn the tables on them. Book is well-written with such fine characterizations that you'll find yourself rooting for the home team to take down those contemptible pirates big time! Includes what seems like a little bit of everything - Treasure, Terrorists, Wit, WW2 secrets THE WORKS! Book is fast-paced and hard-boiled as I like them in the same vein as a Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy offering, but word of warning tho as it can get a bit graphic with regards to how the pirates are ultimately dealt with. Very good book that I highly recommend!
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