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Mr. DiMercurio:

I bought Terminal Run on Saturday evening and after an all night reading session I finished it this morning, (Monday). My head is still swimming from the storyline and lack of sleep, so I hope this letter makes sense.

First off, I have to say that it was so worth the wait for Terminal Run to finally get to the bookstore. I actually had to beg a clerk at Barnes & Noble to go into the back of the store and get me your book from the still unopened shipping box it came in. So, as I promised a few months ago, I was the first in line to get your new book.

Overall, my humble opinion of your latest work is excellent sir. You brought in some new unique characters and once again delivered a plot that kept me guessing. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out you surprised me with something I would never have imagined. For example, I thought you were going to let Midshipman Pachino get taken hostage by Krivak and the Snarc when he was locking out of the sub, but then he reenters the sinking sub and saves three lives. Amazing I thought!

I was also very happy to see that your brought back Kelly McKee. After Threat Vector I thought McKee was done for good. I also love the new guy, "The Viking" as the tough cigar smoking Admiral who seems to pride himself on being awake 24/7. I could just imagine this guy as a Midshipman being kicked awake by upper classmen, then proclaiming, "I wasn't asleep!" What a riot!

Throughout the book, I experienced a full range of emotions. Joy, sorrow and anger among them. I can now relate to those people who thirst and crave for their favorite author to release a new book. The only thing I didn't like about your book was its cover. It says in bold red letters, "A MASTER RIVALING TOM CLANCY."--Publishers Weekly. A compliment I'm sure, but in my opinion Mr. Clancy isn't your rival. Quite frankly, you kick his ass! If I were President, I'd give you a medal and a fifth star sir. Enough said.

Your loyal fan,

Tim Sharp Sends

Hi Tim,

Thanks so much for this e-mail, and please forgive my belated reply. I've been somewhat overwhelmed recently with a deluge of e-mails.

I enjoyed the scene where Pacino makes the moral choice whether to go back in hull or save himself, and I thought that in our history of fallen comrades, this must have happened thousands of times, and yet we don't know it because in most cases these heroes died.

Good work hounding the Barnes & Noble clerk. "Go get it! Now! Now! Now!" I like it!

And McKee is a good character -- we'll see more of him in the series.

You should put this on the Amazon.com site as a review...

I've got two book projects in development - one is a continuation of the two Pacino careers (the Pacino series - Patch Sr. at CIA and Anthony reporting aboard the USS Bunker Hill) and the other a new series set in the present (the new Vornado series, which remains highly classified). Stay tuned, there's more coming. Meanwhile, don't forget the "backlist" of novels listed on terminalrun.com.

And watch for the arrival of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SUBMARINES in Feb 03!

Finally, check out the USS Devilfish Patrol Report, a more-or-less monthly that will update you on the status of the books, things going on in the life of a writer, airport humiliations, and other irrelevant ideas. To sign up, see the signature lines at the bottom of this e-mail.

Remain undetected,


Hi Michaël

First sorry for my english but I will tried to make some remembers of my english lessons to write you.

I just have to finish ( at 3H00 in the morning) my last "DiMercurio"'s book (Menace en Haute Mer) and I am in a hurry to ask you a question. I do know that part of stories are fiction but for me, an ex French Infanterie Officer, who doesn't know well the SUB world, what you describe (technicaly speaking) seems soon incredible but so well writing that it looks real !

So, will it be possible for you, as you write some explanations at the end of you books, to said what is technicaly and actualy true to day, what will be possible in the futur and what it pure imagination (specificaly about wapons like Vortex, plasma or atomic torpedos, Predator, sonar's capabitily, maximum speeds and deeps of a SUB and so on)

This will help me very much when I speak during hours with all my friends who like your books like I do. This evening I'll start "Tempête en Mer de Chine" and the day will be long today ...

Did you come in France yet ? Be sure that you have a lot of fans ... If you come a day, please let us know, it will be a real pleasure to meet you.

See you this night in the depth ...

Sorry for all my mistakes.

Benoit (France).

Hi Benoit,

Thank you so much for your kind e-mail on MENACE. I used to include glossaries in my early novels, but they used up many pages of what I was allowed to write, and I thought I would just "explain as I go." Glad you liked the book!

Nuclear tipped torpedoes are real.

The Vortex is also real but not issued to the fleet yet. It is a Russian invention that the U.S. copied. The name of it is unknown.

Plasma weapons are purely fiction, and were a way for me to get around my old publisher, who for some reason would not tolerate any use of nuclear weapons in stories. But the concept was popular so I kept it.

I and my submarine HAMMERHEAD visited Toulon in 1984. I had a wonderful time going to the Riviera and I will definitely come back some day!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


I figure that your page-turning prose has now cost me about 26 hours of lost work because I promise myself that I'll just read a chapter before leaving for the office and I haven't made it in before 10 in a month. I've been blaming it on illness, errands, etc. but I think the staff is beginning to catch on. And now I discover that I missed one in the series (I'm leaving here to buzz over to Amazon to order it).

There is literature, there is fiction, there is journalism and there is some mysterious combination of all three that very few authors are able to achieve. You, sir, have managed to climb to the top of that distinguished, if sparse, heap. Congratulations.

Wayman Dunlap
Pacific Flyer Newspapers, Inc.
Oceanside, CA

Hi Wayman,

I loved your excellent e-mail. Missing work is better than my surgeon friend's missing his wife's offer of intimacy. She complained to my wife that my work was ruining her sex life! I offered to step in and help, but for some reason my gallantry was not appreciated!

Stay tuned, there's more coming!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


Just read the AA guy's piece. I understand what he's saying, but the terrible truth is that any religion, any doctrine, can be corrupted -- and has been -- and used for hatred. Doesn't matter if it's Islam, Christianity, Communism, Paganism, what have you; wherever you look, there is cruelty and insanity.

Terrorism is an ugly, stupid thing, no doubt about it. Some of the responses, though, are equally as ugly and stupid, and have horrendous results -- North Korea is now back on the path to the Bomb (thanks, George), we're likely to have a major blowout in the middle east (thanks, George), Israel continues to grind Palestine beneath its boot-heel....

I'm not surprised that the US-Islamic community is ducking and covering. Hell, the Sikhs are ducking too. Not surprising, when the unthinking response, in too many instances, has been violent and murderous. There are people out there who see a turban and a beard, and start to hate. It's a sad situation.

One made worse, unfortunately, by an all-too-true point raised by this gentleman: there are sleepers in our midst. Some of these people have been turfed out. It's the ones that haven't been that I worry about. Mad King George's TIPS plan isn't going to help there, except to create a nation of paranoids.

And, yes, the Islamic community should come forward and make it very clear that Islam does not stand for this, just as Christianity does not stand for, say, the Ku Klux Klan or a willingness to see Jews go to the gas chambers.

Enough rambling; I have to get some writing done.


Hi David,

I think you're being charitable to the Islamics. It's my opinion that this is one religion that preaches hatred and violence, and that the nonviolent adherents of Islam are actually unfaithful to its teachings.

I also believe that it takes war for different cultures to learn about each other and to evolve and heal, much as the Japanese and the U.S. did. The Islamics, I feel, require a shooting war for this to happen. As so often does, such a war removes the hardcore believers from the surface of the earth, and the survivors live on with newfound beliefs.

Also, I don't think it fair to blame Bush for this. Blaming the victim rarely helps.

You'll find more of my sometimes unpopular opinions in the USS Devilfish Patrol Report.

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Hiya, Demo!

First, congratulations on a successful publication! I'm very happy for you. I will be ordering your book today.

Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. I'm very glad to hear that your family is doing well, albeit through a newsletter.

Finally, thank you for your profiling story. It really amazes me that politicians can't seem to tell the difference between the type of profiling that has been given a bad name, and the kind that is needed in any kind of detective work.

It occurs to me as I write this that the difference, although I haven't heard anyone say so specifically, is motivation. If someone is pulled over simply because of race, and there are no other mitigating circumstances, then it could be considered "bad" (for lack of a better word) profiling. For instance, pulling over a man in a big, late model car in a white neighborhood simply because he is black could be considered a racist act. However, if a bank has been robbed, or the police have been tipped off that one is about to be robbed, and the best description is that of a black man driving a late model big luxury car, then it is profiling in which race is merely one determining factor. Race becomes part of a much bigger picture.

Thanks to 9/11, being of Middle Eastern descent has become an unfortunate incident of ancestry, at least in respect to suspicion. However, if those of Middle Eastern descent feel anger at the admitted inconvenience of being routinely stopped at airports, then their ire should be directed at those who created the necessity for a description that places them under extra scrutiny.

It is both inappropriate and incompetent to refuse to scrutinize suspicious Middle Eastern passengers because they are Middle Eastern. Random searches do make sense. We have no idea who has and hasn't been recruited for terrorist actions, or who might be inspired to act individually. But to say on one hand that our greatest national calamity of the current century was carried out by Middle Eastern males, and that threats continue to surface from groups of Middle Eastern males, and then say on the other hand that we can't be officially suspicious of Middle Eastern males or require that they subject themselves to more intense scrutiny because they might be offended is patently ridiculous. Worse, it's dangerous.

It's time for the government to act with a little thought. I'm all for civil liberties. I think they should be defended. I'm not sure that it's a good idea to give the President, or any single person, the ability void a person's rights of citizenship with a word, regardless of suspicion. But that's a different kind of issue. Creating inconvenience is not curtailment of civil liberties. If it were, we could not search anyone at an airport, period.

We are protected in the Constitution from unreasonable search and seizure. In my opinion, increased scrutiny and searching of Middle Eastern males is reasonable as hell.

And you know what? If I someday fit the profile of a group of white, middle-aged terrorists, they can search me, too.

So, Demo, like I said, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope this next year brings you even more success.

Your left-leaning but centrist friend,



Thanks so much for the email. I am afraid that I'll get a lot of hate mail for what I wrote. The wife is totally pissed at me for writing that (people will think our daughter was traumatized...I told her no one will get that from the story...).

I'd like to use your email in the next newsletter...I agree totally! And you were more articulate than me by far!

Merry Christmas to you and family,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and just a short note to ask if you recieved Jason's picture and letter reference your second book, 'Attack of the Seawolf'. Jason asks about every day and if it did get lost we will re-send. We are about 1/4 of the way through the third, that one will take a while, I guess you are aware of the smaller print?! And just for fun, Jason was asked by a talent agency to go to California and they signed him up. Wouldnt that be something if he could do an ad for your books!! Thanks again for the adventures,

Pamela Monson

Hi Pamela and Jason,

I did get the picture and letter, and FEDEXed them to my web guy to post. The website has some nooks and crannies in it, so I'll have to ask him about it. I've been rushed lately and have not been doing any of my jobs very well (author, promoter, newsletter writer, client of an agent, husband, father, ex-husband, son, etc.).

Take care, and hope you're enjoying ATTACK. And thanks so much for the letters and picture...

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


I just wanted to thank you for your books, having just finished Terminal Run. I enjoyed very much the AI component and thought you did a very good job with it. A disturbing, if exciting, future is indeed coming our way.

Best regards,


PS: You probably don't get to make corrections in mass market paperbacks, but if you do, there's a place in the book where, if my memory serves me correctly, midshipman Pacino has someone explain to him what the NSA is (forgive me if I have the context wrong). I doubt there's a midshipman alive who doesn't know what NSA is, so I think the acronym needs explaining to the ignorant reader in a different manner.

James O'Reilly

Hi James,

Thanks so much for your email. Glad you liked the AI stuff. It made most folks' eyes glaze over, if my mail is correct. Anyhow, when I was a mid the NSA was so secret that no one knew what it stood for. Of course now it's headline news!

Stay tuned,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


Merry Christmas.

Now with that out of the way I just finished the book and it was (as always great). But I have an idea that you may try.

Since you used George Dixon as CO of a Sub and he was saved by his gold coin in the book is it possible that you could write a historical submarine adventure about the CSS Hunley sailing out of Charleston, SC. After all the CO was LT George Dixon (Somehow I think you know all of this).

If you need any assistance with info since I live in the Charleston area I would be happy to work as your go-fer. There are some good places in the area to pull resouces concerning the Hunley.

Let know what you think

Pat Davis STSC(SS) USN, Ret

ps: Went to the dedication of the Cold War Submarine Memorial at Patriots Point Naval Museum here last Friday, and It was really nice to finally be told thank you.

Hi Pat,

I see someone got the story of Dixon. You never know when a newspaper article will give you an idea.

I wrote a gigantic term paper on the Hunley in 1976. Writing about it now would bring back the days of being a plebe at the Academy, and I'd just have nightmares all night.

But if I get a nonfiction offer, I'd definitely go for it. With the COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO SUBMARINES coming out, perhaps I'll get some nonfiction recognition!

Take care,



and it is a fantastic read! I have read all of your published books and want to thank you for your outstanding work. For some reason I have always been drawn to books on submarines, whether it is fiction or not and you have earned the distinction of being my favorite auther of this genre'. I have only one request. Please write more and more often. Thank you and keep the stories coming.


Scott D. Marrs, D.O.

Hi Scott,

Thanks so much for the good words on TERMINAL RUN. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you can get the updates on the next books.

Take care,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Mr. DiMercurio,

Greetings from a LONG time fan of yours, and kudos to another great book!

When I go to Barnes & Nobles, you are one of about 4 authors I religiously look for every week to see if there is anything new out. Always appreciate the work you do and the time you give to your books! Please continue on as time allows, know that you have at least ONE die-hard fan here in Texas.

Many thanks again-

Harry Avery

Hi Harry,

Thanks for your e-mail. It makes a huge difference to me to hear that.

The newsletter is attempting to update everyone on the latest project, and should be coming out soon!

The previous newsletters are on the terminalrun.com website (somewhere...).

Take care and don't mess with Texas,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


I love your books! There is so much technology that is really interesting, and I find myself staying up until 2 a.m. because I cannot put the book down. Thank you for your exciting adventures. As a mother of 2 little ones, and a banker, it is fun to get lost in another world. Can you send me the order of you books? I have only read one, but would like to go in order.

Laura Shepard

Hi Laura,

It was particularly great to hear from a fan who isn't my normal target audience (guys). I really appreciated your comment on the technology, as that is the Sweet Spot I'm aiming for.

It's interesting that you asked these questions -- I think I answered two of them in the patrol report. (Please subscribe!)

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Dear Michael,

I just finished Terminal Run and loved it. I have read all of the books in the series, many twice and want more. I find that a good military thriller is a hard book to find. And when you find the really good ones you must congratulate the author. I have to say that this is one of the best overall series I have ever read, if not the best. Keep them coming and I will keep reading um. Get that new one out soon I am going thru withdrawals of a good book.


Mathew Brady

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for your great email. I've enjoyed the series, which was not originally going to be a series, until it came time to outline ATTACK OF THE SEAWOLF, and publisher Don Fine said, why don't you just bring back Pacino? And I said, can you do that?

Anyway, I'm working on two projects at once, so there will be more soon. Please subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest word!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Dear Michael,

Yesterday I finished reading Terminal Run. It was a very good read. Wish you wouldn't rush the end of your book. Many of your contemporaries do same thing. Hundreds of pages of build up and just a few pages bringing your reader back down. It feels too quick.

I'm an old missileer (Minuteman) from SAC. I spent about 4 years underground waiting for something to happen and praying that nothing would. Wish I could have had several of your books to read back then. Alerts got to be awfully long.

I've read over half of your books. I will put you on my watch list with Amazon to insure that I don't miss any more. You are my option to Dale Brown in the air and Harold Coyle on the ground. Do your books only come out in paperback?

Keep up the great work!

Robert T. Browne

Hi Robert,

Thanks for the email on TERMINAL RUN. The abbreviation you see is probably because I write an 800 page manuscript and have to cut it to 650 pages. I cheat by finding the font that maximizes density and spread the margins, but until you have license to drone on and on like Clancy, you pick your words. My editor takes out every third word (my prose tends to be fluffy) and we still have to cut another fifty pages.

However, comments like yours tend to stick with me, so I'll bear that in mind. Of course the endings may read differently because of time dilation -- it takes a month to write the first sentence and four days to write the last 150 pages.

Take care,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Dear Michael,

I've just finished reading "Threat Vector", and, as it was suggested at the end of the book, I take time to write you this mail just to give you my feeling about it.

Let me say : this is the best. I've read all your other books, and I feel the quality is being improved each time. It's always a great pleasure for me when I buy a new book from you. As you can imagin, I've also read Tom Clancy's book, but, now, you've got your own style, which makes your books different.

I believe I could spend hours writing you nice words about each book I read from you, but just let me say : THANK YOU.

Best regards.


Hi Eric,

You know, you always wonder...you're only as good as your last book, so I'm glad you like the trend curve!

Stay tuned, there's more in the torpedo room!

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio


i just finished the book Terminal Run and i was really impressed with the way it flowed.

i liked the way you finished it, it seems that most authors try to hurry the last 2 chapters like they are tired of it or something. you kept me involved each day and i could not wait to get back home to read more. Bravo Zulu to your books!!

i will look up the others now that i have names and titles. keep up the good work.


Hi Jim,

Thanks for the accolade on TERMINAL RUN. Interestingly, I just got scolded by a reader who thought I rushed the ending...hmmm. If I rush the end, it's because the last 200 pages are done in four days (I can't wait to see how it all ends!).

Take care,

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio

Dear Michael,

I just finished your novel Terminal Run. I must tell you just how much I enjoyed this book. I hope that you will continue the series with the main characters that are in this book. As an avid reader of Larry Bond, Tom Clancy, and other writers in the techno-thriller theater, I found your book to be very compelling and once started extremely hard to put down.

As a veteran of the US Air Force I enjoy reading novels about the military, and have come to especially enjoy books about submarines and the Navy, along with my favorite authors about Air Force pilots, etc.

Please keep up the good work and let me know when we can expect a new novel.


Ed Cushman

Hi Ed,

Thanks for your e-mail, particularly the accolades about the series. I'm working on a new series at the same time as another novel in the Pacino series. The Vornado series happens now, whereas Pacino is about 2021, which gets a bit science fiction-y. Anyway, stay tuned, there's much more coming.

P.S. I had a dream I was in the Air Force. Was I ever glad to wake up... just kidding...

See you at test depth,

Michael DiMercurio



First in an electrifying new series from “A MASTER RIVALING TOM CLANCY.”

--Publishers Weekly

U.S. Navy submarine commander Peter Vornado is at the top of his game in underwater warfare when a devastating illness takes him out of the service and almost to the grave. Without duty, honor, or something to fight for, his life is as good as over.

But the CIA needs a man like Vornado…

A terrorist cabal has acquired a scrapped Soviet sub from the Cold War -- a technologically advanced failure still able to outrun any torpedo or enemy vessel and strike at will. With a nuclear payload, it will enable them to strike directly at Israeland throw the world into chaos. All that remains is to modernize the sub with the latest technology.

Only one man can infiltrate the group, take the helm, and stop a holocaust -- a man who has already stared down death, and is ready to do battle once more…

“Compelling and visionary. DiMercurio’s characters run as deep as his submarines themselves!”

--Joe Buff, author of Crush Depth and Thunder in the Deep

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[Terminal Run]
Terminal Run
[Threat Vector]
Threat Vector
[Piranha: Firing Point]
Piranha: Firing Point
[Barracuda Final Bearing]
Barracuda Final Bearing
[Phoenix Sub Zero]
Phoenix Sub Zero
[Attack Of the Seawolf]
Attack Of the Seawolf
[Voyage of the Devilfish]
Voyage of the Devilfish

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Princeton, New Jersey



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