Two If By Sea

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
323 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2023
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Author Biography





After nearly 50 years as a professional mariner, Captain Rick McCann retired and finished his first novel, “Two If By Sea,” for years all he ever heard was “Captain Rick, you ought to write a book.” So, he did! Rick was always reading mystery and thriller novels which, when he decided to put words to paper it was a natural progression. Rick is not a total novice when it comes to writing. He has had several articles published in trade publications and penned his own tour guide booklets for his personal sightseeing cruise business, he also has an article on the Mystery and Suspense Magazine website. The Cape May, NJ area is where Rick grew up and lives today. He sailed all over the world with the US Navy and deep-sea merchant ships before returning to Cape May to raise a family and sail for the Cape May Lewes Ferry where he earned his Master License for Unlimited Tonnage ships upon Great Lakes and Inland Waters. Rick is the proud father of 5 beautiful children, 5 wonderful grandchildren, and husband to his beautiful wife Peggy. To find out more about Rick go to:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

Two If By Sea is a terrorist thriller by Richard McCann. Karen Ann had a genuine interest in the sea and started working on Cape May Lewes Ferry when she was sixteen. Karen Ann pursued her life’s dream and became captain of the Palm Princess. Lamar Weston was a successful financial advisor and the largest cocaine drug smuggler and distributor on the East Coast. Lamar created a waterproof container with powerful magnets that can be attached to the hull of a ship and can withstand any kind of weather. Lamar’s drug smuggling operation was taken over by terrorists, and they started smuggling nuclear waste into the containers to be used in the construction of bombs. To stop nuclear weapons from engulfing the US in a nuclear conflict, Captain Karen Ann Murphy works with Navy SEALS to put a stop to it.

Richard McCann created a roller coaster of romance, suspense, and action in Two If By Sea. It was fast-paced, full of action, and a definite page-turner. The mystery and intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could. The plot includes a hurricane, drug smugglers, and international terrorism, and it had me guessing until the end. I was hooked from the start, and I could not put it down. The characters were well-developed and engaging. They were relatable, and I felt like I knew them. Karen Ann was a strong-willed teenager who grew into a beautiful woman who knew what she wanted out of life. The book was well-researched and well-written. There were so many surprises that I never knew what to expect next!

Stephanie Chapman

Richard McCann's Two If By Sea is a thrilling story involving terrorism. The protagonist, Karen Ann Murphy, is the captain of the ship Palm Princess. Little did she know that her dream of being at sea would turn into a nightmare when she discovered a sinister plot unfolding on her ship. A man named Lamar has attached a limpet mine to the hull, which contains nuclear waste intended for Mohammad Modula's dirty bombs. Modula's men are planning mass destruction against the United States. As the tale continues, FBI Special Agent Gordon contacts local detectives Sharper and Hobonboski. Gordon has a related case with a suspect who sounds very similar to a murder case they investigated. The National Security Agency intercepts encrypted messages from Saudi Arabia. Time is running out to stop the terrorists.
Richard McCann includes vivid details of a large cast of protagonists. Karen Ann was given a substantial background from her childhood, which influenced her career. Lamar’s inner turmoil shows how guilty he feels. He even feels that he betrayed his family by never revealing his illegal activities. Special Agent Gordon’s determination was exemplary. The Navy SEALs and the National Security Agency agents added humor to the dramatic unfolding of events. The dialogue was realistic and felt natural. I liked how the terrorist's views were included as this added depth to the plot. The unpredictable plot and incredible suspense kept me intrigued. I agreed with the theme of questioning how someone can hate a country to the extent of resorting to terrorism. To kill people of different backgrounds and religions is unforgivable. Two If By Sea will appeal to anyone who enjoys stories of espionage, heroism, and patriotism.

Keith Mbuya

Everyone in Delaware knew Lamar Weston as a successful financial advisor and local businessman. But this was just a façade he had managed to fool everyone with, including his family and the authorities. For the last ten years, Lamar had been running what would come to be known as the most successful drug smuggling operation for the Colombian cartel. Things had been working out well for him until the Colombian cartel struck a deal with the most notorious and clandestine terrorist group in the world, Allah Yad. Lamar finds himself obliged to betray his country or risk losing his life and those of his loved ones. However, in a bid to make things right, Lamar must race against time and help the authorities stop a looming catastrophic terrorist attack in the US. Is he too late? Get yourself Richard McCann’s Two If By Sea to discover more.

If you are looking for a slow-burn crime thriller laced with an unraveling tale of love, fate, betrayal, compromise, sacrifices, deceit, secrets, murder, drugs, money, and so much more, Richard McCann’s Two If By Sea is just what you should be looking for. Featuring a diverse and dynamic cast, the author weaves an intriguing plot. The subtle tone of the storyline and the spell-binding plot twists had me on the edge of my seat. The vivid depictions breathed life into the scenes, plunging me into a world of terrorists, drug lords, hitmen, sleuths, and more. The author highlights the cast’s complex traits, giving them authenticity. The emotional edge in the storyline allowed me to connect with the cast and experience their emotions. There is adventure, action, thrill, humor, and so much more in this page-turner.


Very good read. Interesting, suspenseful I couldn’t put it down. I passed it on to several friends and they thanked me.

Jessica S

Tom Clancy watch out for this promising new author. I had a friend recommend "Two If By Sea" as a great read that was chuck full of action and intrigue. They were right. I started to read it, and 8 hours later I was done. WOW! What a GREAT read! I could not put it down!. It would take the collaboration of every government agency, if the USA had a chance to stop the terrorists from nuking America. The Author's ability to transport the reader into the world of all the characters and how each had to negotiate all the potential problems their respective government agencies could sabotage the best laid plans. All the characters were engaging while the author's ability to describe each one with such detail you soon felt like you knew them immediately. Throughout the book the Author show's his great research and knowledge in all aspects of the journey he takes us on. Get ready to be taken on a journey into the world of the cartel, drug smuggling, terrorists, Coast Guard rescues, Navy Seals, operations of the oil transporting industry, romance, and all the engaging characters working to thwart the terrorists. I can't wait for the movie.