Deadly Straits: The Ultimate Terrorist Attack by R.E. McDermott


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Compulsively readable. A non-stop thrill ride, from London streets to the Singapore docks, to the decks of the tankers that slake the world’s thirst for oil, with stops along the way in Panama, Langley, Virginia, and Teheran. Deadly Straits is, in the words of one reviewer, “fast-paced, multilayered and gripping.”

WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) are all around us, hiding in plain sight. One in just the right place will bring the world to its knees. When a cabal of international terrorists engineers not one act of terror, but three, part-time spook turned CIA scapegoat Tom Dugan is the only one with a clue.

But no one will listen. They’re too busy trying to kill him.

Subject matter expert R.E. McDermott uses his thirty years of experience in the global oil trade to craft a suspenseful tale of international intrigue as realistic as it is terrifying. A note from the author:

Like many marine professionals, I’ve long understood the potential for using loaded tankers as WMDs in a terrorist attack. Concerned, but lacking a platform, I decided the best way to raise public awareness of the threat was a book. But I still had a bit of a problem; no one ever heard of me (and most still haven’t). I had no public presence (and didn’t really want one) so I figured I’d reach far more people with an entertaining novel than a non-fiction effort no one was likely to read. Thus, I was putting the finishing touches on the final draft of DEADLY STRAITS when Osama bin Laden was finally sent to his just reward in May of 2011. It came as no surprise to me that among the papers captured in the raid on OBL’s compound were extensive plans for just the sort of attacks portrayed in Deadly Straits.

Deadly Straits is fiction, and Tom Dugan and his supporting cast of heroes and villains are all somewhat larger-than-life products of my overactive imagination. It is a source of some satisfaction that five years and over 1300 reader reviews later, the story has been so well received by a great number of readers. However, the threats described in Deadly Straits are all too real, and my pleasure at the success of the novel is somewhat dampened by the knowledge that nothing has really happened to mitigate those threats. We’ve been lucky. Let’s hope our luck holds.

R.E. (Bob) McDermott – Old Hickory, TN – February 2016

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About Don Sloan

I am a former journalist with a major daily newspaper and now am a full-time Indie book reviewer. I love to write, read, drink good wine, and take short naps in front of my fireplace here in the North Carolina mountains.
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