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Deadly Straits (The Tom Dugan Thrillers Book 1) by [R.E. McDermott]
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From the Publisher

Dugan trusted the CIA. That was his first mistake. There were more.

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Meet Tom Dugan, a wise-cracking, globe-trotting consultant with issues.

When the CIA asked Dugan to use his job as cover to 'take a few pictures,' he readily agreed, unaware his life was about to be changed forever and not in a good way.

When he's set up and falsely accused of terrorism, the CIA offers him a deal, IF he betrays his best friend.

With international terrorism and the weaponization of oil as a backdrop, Deadly Straits is a taut thriller that focuses on the timeless questions of loyalty and love of family. What will a man do to save his only child? When is the price of loyalty to a friend too high?

If you enjoy Forsyth, Ludlum, Cussler, and Clancy, Deadly Straits will keep you turning pages late into the night.

Deadly Straits Will Keep You Guessing

You'll find no superheros, just ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations and trying desperately to rise to the occasion. From the decks of tankers on the high seas to the boardrooms and back alleys of London and Singapore, Deadly Straits is fast-paced, multilayered and gripping, with enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most demanding fan of political intrigue.

Life is complex, and so are the most realistic and satisfying thrillers.

Deadly Straits is one of them. Find out for yourself.

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Editorial Reviews


Fast-paced and hard-boiled as I like them, in the same vein as a Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy offering.
Don Kidwell - Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

In Tom Clancy's 1994 thriller Debt of Honor, terrorists used a jumbo jet as a weapon ... it happened on 9/11. Deadly Straits speculates on the use of supertankers with the same 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

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 - Amazon - 5 Stars

Well Done! This book held my attention and robbed me of some sleep. Excellent character development. The central characters were "fleshed out" and the supporting characters were developed enough to fill their roles. I liked the non-superman vibe of all of the characters. Dugan could be hurt and the effects of the injury continued as part of his character.
D.B. Rosencrance - Amazon - 5 Stars

About the Author

Seaman, entrepreneur, former expatriate, and inveterate story-teller, R.E. (Bob) McDermott capped a long and varied career of international work and travel by turning to his secret passion, writing. Bob had the good fortune (and sometimes misfortune) of knowing more than a few interesting characters during his career, and bits and pieces of them populate his novels.

McDermott's work is characterized by meticulous research and a gritty, seldom-matched realism. He strives to make his protagonists fallible humans - not superheroes, just ordinary people who screw up, but rise to life's challenges in extraordinary situations.

Bob lives on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee with his patient wife (and chief proofreader) and splits his time between their condo on Old Hickory Lake and a rural retreat in the Tennessee woods with no phone, no email, and no internet. He likes that just fine and his wife is even more enthusiastic about it since they got a working toilet.

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Product details

  • File Size : 540 KB
  • Publication Date : December 9, 2013
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : R.E. McDermott (December 9, 2013)
  • Print Length : 310 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0057AMO2A
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 2,064 ratings