Don Kidwell - Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer
There are few reading experiences more rewarding than delving into a well-written novel by an author who is a subject matter expert in the "fictional" world presented. In Deadly Straits, McDermott masterfully combines the macro level details of international politics with an intensely personal story of struggle and desperation.
Steven Konkoly - author of the best-selling Black Flagged and Perseid Collapse series
After reading Deadly Straits, I'm no longer waiting for the next Tom Clancy novel. I'm waiting for the next novel by R.E. McDermott.
Jeff Edwards - Award-winning author of Sea of Shadows and The Seventh Angel
In Tom Clancy's 1994 thriller Debt of Honor, terrorists used a jumbo jet as a weapon ... it happened on 9/11. In 2011 R.E. McDermott published Deadly Straits where supertankers are used by terrorists with deadly results. Let's hope we don't look back and say McDermott predicted that. This is a book of action and suspense, well written with multiple plots woven into one coherent whole. I've read several best-sellers that are legends in the genre and this book is as well done as any of them, if not better.
Stephen C. Lovely, Amazon - 5 Stars
McDermott consistently gets it right. The captains, mates and engineers sound like captains, mates and engineers ... like visiting old friends. Tom Dugan - a skilled professional a bit rough around the edges - works well as the protagonist. Smart and educated, he also regularly gets grease under his nails, and moves easily between action and insight. A book even a thriller skeptic and ship geek can love. A gripping read - highly recommended.
Rick Spilman, The Old Salt Blog - 5 Stars
In a book that takes no prisoners, McDermott tells a tale of high seas terrorism and tells it well. Go get this one, right now!
Nancy, Cheryl's Book Nook - 5 Stars
In 20 years at sea as mate and captain, I've been through the Panama Canal too many times to count, and through the Bosphorus and Malacca Straits as well. You nailed it. Yours was the first novel to convince me the author had been there too. Well Done!
Captain Dave Fath
About the Author
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.