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Pacific Glory (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghosts of Bungo Suido (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sentinels of Fire (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Commodore (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Iceman (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nugget (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hooligans (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial by Fire (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Paladin (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Iwo, 26 Charlie (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

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The Ops Officer's Manual (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon

Peter T. Deutermann is an American writer specializing in police procedural and mystery novels. Deutermann spent 26 years in the Navy before finally turning his attention towards the literary world.


Born to Lieutenant Commander H.T Deutermann in 1941, P.T Deutermann’s family moved from Boston to La Jolla in California in 1944, where they stayed until the war ended.

P.T. Deutermann attended numerous schools across the United States and even Argentina, eventually graduating from Creighton Preparatory.

The origins of P.T. Deutermann’s career can be traced to his assignment to the destroyer USS Morton in 1963; there he would remain for two years, experiencing major events within North America’s military history such as the first noteworthy aircraft carrier strikes against Vietnam.

He transition from the USS Morton to the destroyer department head school (class 13), eventually graduating and diverting to Coronado in California with the aim of training for the new Swift class gunboats.

In Manila (The Philippines) he was part of the mobile team that trained the nation’s navy crews in the use of Swift boats, preparing them to combat the pirate scourge terrorizing manila Bay.

After a year in charge of PCF-39 inside Vietnam, he would spend the next two years on the USS Hull as operations officer, off the coasts of south and north Vietnam, the purpose being to provide support to the military forces in the area.

Following his entrance into the University of Washington in 1968, P.T. Deutermann earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and International Law after 2 years, at which point he joined the USS JOUETT DLG-29.

Eventually returning to Vietnam as an operations officer, P.T. Deutermann’s journey would take him to Australia, Japan, the Philippines and Hong Kong. 1972 found him at the Naval War College; twelve months later Deutermann joined the Joint Command and control computer integration project at The Pentagon, and there he would stay for three years.

Following a two year stint on the destroyer USS Charles F. Adams as Executive officer and during which he deployed to the Mediterranean twice, P.T. Deutermann returned to the pentagon.

His first book (a handbook of sorts for navy operations officers) was published through the Naval institute Press in 1980. Deutermann finally assumed his first command in 1981, of the destroyer USS Tattnail; the three year tour of duty that followed included operations off Lebanon.

He would also command Destroyer squadron 25 in 1985, visiting countries like Kenya and Singapore during his one deployment to the Indian Ocean. After a year at the Royal college of Defense Studies in London, studying the influence of military affairs on geopolitics, D.T. Deutermann returned to the Pentagon to head the strategy planning portion of the Navy Staff.

From Division Director of the office responsible for dealing with radiation, chemical and biological weapons to a brief assignment at the United Nations as technical Delegate, Deutermann finally retired in 1981.

He had spent 26 years in the Navy by then; earning a whopping 19 decorations. He would continue working with and supporting the FAA for four years in crucial positions within three companies before taking a serious hand at writing.

Deutermann and Susan Cornelia Degenhardt got married in 1968 in Florida; they currently reside in Rockinghman Country in North Carolina. They have a son, Daniel, who spent two decades of active duty in the Coast Guard and Navy.

Sarah, their only daughter previously held the position of radar intercept officer, and is currently working under the auspices of a large DOD consulting firm. Deutermann’s family is heavily intertwined with the military, with his uncles and siblings and their children having served at some point in their lives.

Literary career

P.T. Deutermann’s writing career began with Scorpion in the Sea. Moving to Georgia to explore his writing, Deutermann published the book through Gorge Mason University press in 1992.

It was Scorpion in The Sea that landed him his agent, through whom Deutermann entered into a contract with St. Martin’s Press a year later.

In 2012 his novel, Pacific Glory, earned Deutermann praise from the American Library Association, which awarded him the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence for Military Fiction.

Of P.T. Deutermann’s numerous works, three have been optioned for feature movies.

Deutermann enjoys reading American Civil War History and building formal gardens.

Since his entrance into the literary world in 1992, P.T Deutermann has written 16 novels, his most recent work being Sentinels of Fire in 2014. This excludes The Ops Officer Manual, a naval guide he published in 1980.

Scorpion in the Sea

Something deadly has arisen within U.S waters, and Naval Brass seems more interested in burying the truth than contending with it. Following the disappearance of a fishing boat off the Cost of Florida, it comes down to Brash and Unconventional Mike Montgomery to undertake the challenge and solve a difficult mystery.

By his side is his lover- and the wife of the Chief of Staff- Diane Martinson, with whose assistance Mike will bring the full weight of the USS Goldsborough destroyer against an unseen enemy.

P.T. Deutermann’s strengths and weaknesses shine through his first novel; while the action sequences prove engaging and impressive, providing an intricate understanding of the enemy and the hero, the author’s preoccupation with the love story does little to aid his tale, always disrupting and slowing the pace of the plot rather than actually impelling its progress.

The Edge of Honor

At the height of the Vietnam war, Lt. Brian Holcomb’s dreams have never been closer, an eight month tour of duty being the only thing standing between him and his first command.

At home, his beautiful wife, now alone, faces temptation from a dark stranger.

Aboard the USS John Bell Hood chaos abounds, elicited by recklessness and the waste of drugs; with its authority all but lost and a destructive confrontation with Vietnam’s devastating MiGs approaching, sacrifices will have to be made, difficult choices that will ruin careers and lives.

Because of P.T Deutermann’s career as a military man, The Edge of Honor brings a sense of authenticity to the table, the novel availing extensive knowledge of the seas and the Navy to its readers, alongside absorbing detail and multifaceted characters.

Each new chapter only builds upon the tension and drama.

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9 Responses to “P.T. Deutermann”

  1. m.: 1 month ago

    your pacific ww2 stuff is sierra-hotel.

    —from a viet-era stateside remf

  2. Maggie Kuchta: 3 months ago

    Just finished “Hunting Season” in two days! First book I ever read by you. On par with, and, more detailed with Robert Ludlum.

  3. bob carriger: 7 months ago

    captain i am a retired master chief fire control technician. i had the pleasure of meeting you aboard the adams when you were the xo. i was part of the gunnery improvement team during the installation period. my parent command was nswses port hueneme. i retired in 1977. ihave read all of your books and found them to be excellent entertainment and look forward to seeing additional books. we have a common acquaintance fred marcell. i had fred as a student at ft a school in bainbridge in 1965. he later was my division officer aboard long beach in 1976. best of health to you keep up the good work. you are young i will be 85 in a couple of months

  4. John Narciso: 1 year ago

    Your book, The Last Paladin, was written from the “Deckplates level” and was very enjoyable.
    John Narciso

  5. Peggy carter: 1 year ago

    My brother Eric Hill was a Navy Seal and at the time of his death (right before 9/11), he was working out of the Pentagon….recommending antiterrorism measures to all military bases, which is ironical. COD was heart failure at a German base, according to what family was told.
    (A story in itself).
    Anyway, I find your writings very interesting and superbly expressed.
    Cat Dancers was my introduction to your books, which has led me to many more including the sea stories. All are very informative, so thanks for hours of page-turning enjoyment!

  6. Jan Brockman: 2 years ago

    I also miss the Cam Richter books. I have read reread the books a couple of times. They are very “edge of the seat” books. Chances of more books coming out?

  7. K. Rumler: 3 years ago

    You need to finish saga of Cam Richter,. Does he become sheriff,. Does Carol recover and what relationship do they have, friend or more, how do the doors turn out, and what happens with shepherds . Don’t leave us hanging out please.

  8. M Hanno: 3 years ago

    Sure do miss Cam Richter and Frick&Frack

  9. john spetz: 3 years ago

    Just finished Hooligans and wish we could have as satisfying a finish to the problems of today as our parents and grandparents had to the end of WWII. The novel made me renew my gratitude for the people who served so bravely in a time of absolute peril. Thanks for the memories.


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