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*Starred Review* Campbell utilizes his background as a retired navy commander and his familiarity with submarines to craft a terrific thriller debut. The USS Kentucky has departed on a three-month tour when the captain receives orders that shock both him and his crew. They are to head to an area near Iran, where they are commanded to unleash their nuclear weapons in retaliation for an attack on Washington, D.C. The ship goes silent, and it proceeds on the mission. What the crew doesn’t know is that the orders are false, designed to get the U.S. to make the first strike. The president and the navy continuously send rescind orders, but they don’t know that someone involved in the conspiracy is on board the sub and in charge of the radio. The countdown begins. Campbell does an amazing job, balancing character interaction with high-octane action, all the while keeping the technical jargon to a level understandable by nonmilitary readers. This is the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy’s classic The Hunt For Red October (1984). --Jeff Ayers


The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October. (Booklist (starred review))

The Trident Deception is a fistfight of a thriller that keeps you on the ropes from the opening bell and ends with an outta-left-field spin kick to the floating rib. It really should be stamped Top Secret because this is the kind of masterpiece that quickly moves other thrillers to the bargain table. (Dalton Fury, former Delta Force, and New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden and Tier One Wild)

It's hard to admit, for a marine sniper like myself, but the deadliest weapon on the battlefield is a nuclear submarine. No one puts the reader inside one like Rick Campbell does in The Trident Deception. I couldn't put it down. Compelling and thrilling, this novel is a must read. (Jack Coughlin, New York Times bestselling author of Shooter and Time to Kill)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st Printing edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250039010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250039019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RICK CAMPBELL, a retired Navy Commander, served on four nuclear-powered submarines, finishing his career with tours in the Pentagon and in the Washington Navy Yard. On his last submarine, he was one of the two men whose permission is required to launch the submarine's nuclear warhead-tipped missiles.

Upon retirement from the Navy, Rick was offered a two-book deal (which has been extended to a four-book deal) by Macmillan / St. Martin's Press for his novel - The Trident Deception, which was hailed by Booklist as "The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy's classic - The Hunt for Red October". Rick lives with his wife and three children in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and is working on the third and fourth books in this series, sequels to The Trident Deception (2014) and Empire Rising (2015), due out in 2016 and 2017. To learn more, visit Rick Campbell's website and his "Submarine 101" page at

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By P. Eisenman on February 1, 2014
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I whizzed through THE TRIDENT DECEPTION in just a few days, even dispensing with TV in favor of this book for one evening! It was entertaining, exciting, realistic and entirely plausible.

Well-written with believable and reasonably well developed characters. Likable protaganists as well as some ancillary characters who struggled with personal beliefs of right and wrong. Even the bad guys generated, if not a tiny shred of sympathy, at least an understanding of what pushed them over the edge from reasonable response to utter madness.

Without going into plot details, the author paints an easy to imagine story which plays out like a movie in your brain. A very hard to put down book with enough twists, turns and mystery to keep you guessing. While, like most books of this sort, you know the basic inevitable outcome, there's still enough variation from the norm to make for both an enjoyable read and a satisfying ending.

As a plus, not a single profanity was uttered by any of the characters, proving that the English language is indeed capable of conveying the entire spectrum of human emotion without having to resort to vulgarities!

I'd give a hearty FIVE STARS to THE TRIDENT DECEPTION. Realistic characters; exciting, realistic naval action; well-written dialogue; numerous plot twists; and a satisfying ending make for excellent entertainment value!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2014
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OK, this isn't Tom Clancy but it's something Tom Clancy fans should enjoy. I've been a Clancy fan since the mid-1980s. My favorite Clancy books are The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, Debt of Honor, and Executive Orders. If you like Clancy-style books that are based on geopolitics with global military implications - in this case consequences of Iran producing its first nuclear weapon - then you'll like this book.

OK, while this book is a fun read, includes enough military techno-speak to keep most people happy, the story is not quite as rich as most of Clancy's. Even so, I've been looking and looking for other authors to move into Clancy's well-defined niche, and have largely come up short. Rick Campbell, however, does an admirable job, tells a good tale, has interesting characters and plot twists, and kept the pages turning for me.

For the military techno-purists out there though, there are some events for which you will have to suspend reality in order to enjoy the read. I won't give any spoilers, but just be aware that a few such situations are in there.

The book is clearly an escapist action adventure, plot driven, but fun through and through. I also greatly appreciate the fact that Campbell didn't feel compelled to use profanity to carry the characters or the story. There is some light profanity here and there, but is extremely light compared to many of today's action adventure authors' work.

I look forward to more tales from Rick Campbell. He's earned a solid spot on my "to watch for" list.

5 stars.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By shopeatdrink on March 24, 2014
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I started reading this book on a recent flight. It grabbed me from the first few pages. The first several chapters sets the story line up for the roller coaster ride I hadn't expected! I sat in my hotel room each night picking the book up wanting to hurry up and finish it. As a Tom Clancy fan, I really wanted to see if previous reviewers were accurate in comparing it to "The Hunt For Red October". It does NOT disappoint! On my flight back, as I sat on the darkened plane headed home, I sat engrossed as I turned page after page stopping briefly to take the occasional sip of my wine. As we neared our destination, a gentleman sitting across from me who'd been reading on his Kindle, politely said, "Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice the book cover, but at the risk of sounding sexist, what's a girl like you doing reading a book like that? It's not exactly the kind of book you would see a female reading."
"Because it's THAT good!", was my answer! This book kept me turning page after page. It's engaging from the beginning and it doesn't stop, it only gets better and better. The technical references are easily explained and easy to understand. It has plot twists and turns that leave you wanting more. I got home from the airport at 1:30 a.m., grabbed my book and continued reading until I finished it!! No need to go into plot details as you can see them on previous reviews. Don't want to give any juicy details away. I will say this, Rick Campbell has executed a must read, can't put it down, novel that grips you from beginning to end! Makes you think, "Scary, could this be plausible?" I can't wait for the next book!!!! Kudos to Rick for finally writing a novel that lives up to what so many other authors have aspired to do, and writing a story that earns the respect and recognition of being compared to Tom Clancy's classic, written so many years ago! Well done!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cyndi sprankle on March 18, 2014
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I have a very short list of authors that I buy their book as soon as it comes out....based on a recommendation I bought this one and I'm glad I did...I will be adding Rick Campbell to my list....I have read some of Tom Clancy but never genuflected at that altar because it was too much techno-speak for my taste....this has enough for me because I'm not interested in learning how to navigate a sub and I didn't get bogged down in technical details...I don't think the holes were quite as big as some painted them because most of it was explained plausibly....some may notice technical details that are not accurate but could that be because they're classified?'s fiction and excellent fiction at that...just when I thought I had things figured and knew where the story was headed...BAM! plot twist!...I haven't had a book cause me to lose so much sleep in a very long time!
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