Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review of 'Deadly Straits' by R.E. McDermott

DEADLY STRAITS was written by R. E. McDermott and published in 2011. You may purchase it at You can visit the author here:

When Tom Dugan, shipping consultant and part time investigator, is contacted by the CIA and told that his client and best friend Alex is the prime suspect in a maritime hijacking, Tom is pulled into suspicion by his association with Alex. Tom is forced to go under cover and to investigate Alex’s company in an attempt to prove his and Alex’s innocence.

In his effort to clear himself and his friend, Tom inadvertently increases the suspicion of guilt between them, when one of Alex’s tankers, which Dugan had just inspected, and another ship are attacked by terrorists. When fingers point to Dugan as being responsible, he is desperate for answers and he is convinced that a much bigger attack is on the way. He follows his leads and instincts to Russia where he is further embroiled in an even greater terrorism plot.

R. E. McDermott has kept himself busy in the marine industry for thirty years. His time has been spent as a ship’s officer, a consultant and he’s also been involved with the management end of the industry which includes ship building projects in the U. S. and the Far East. And, he’s still at it! Currently his time is spent in both the United States and Singapore, where he is a consultant and advisor in ship construction, operations and engineering.

It’s no wonder why Mr. McDermott’s writing skills have lain dormant during his very active and busy life but now we can christen this new author and his first novel. He is certainly sea worthy and DEADLY STRAITS is especially worthy of floating to the top of many online book reviews.

DEADLY STRAITS is an action packed, suspenseful thrill ride that will broaden your knowledge of the shipping industry and it will eerily remind you that the next terror attack could very well come to a port near you. This debut novel is at times politically and technologically involved which can add up to a very complicated plot but it’s one book which is well worth the time to read.

I say: Aye Aye, Mr. McDermott- full speed ahead! We’ll be waiting patiently for your next novel to sail into our hands.

I give this novel 4.5 spiders.
T Riddell

1 comment:

RE McDermott said...

Thank you for a great review.

Best Regards,

R.E. (Bob) McDermott