- Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reissue edition (February 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 125006127X
- ISBN-13: 978-1250061270
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.4 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 524 customer reviews
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“A terrific thriller debut. 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.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“Fans of submarine thrillers who are saddened by the demise of Tom Clancy will welcome Campbell's debut.” ―Publishers Weekly
“No one puts the reader inside a submarine 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
“The Trident Deception is a fistfight of a thriller. A masterpiece.” ―Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden and Tier One Wild
About the Author
RICK CAMPBELL, a retired Navy Commander, spent more than twenty years on multiple submarine tours, finishing his career with the Naval Operations staff in the Pentagon and in the Washington Navy Yard. On his last tour, he was one of the two men whose permission was required to launch the submarine's nuclear warhead--tipped missiles. Rick lives with his wife and three children in the greater Washington, D.C. area. The Trident Deception is his first novel and he is currently working on the sequel.
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The story follows the ballistic submarine Kentucky as it receives an order to launch a nuclear strike and proceeds to travel to its launch area. The submarine has been provided deceptive information by sources on both sides of the ocean, and it is pursued across the ocean by the entire US Pacific Fleet in an effort to abort the launch.
Along the way we meet numerous characters, on the Kentucky as well as on other Navy vessels, and various people in the US and other governments. There is exactly the right amount of character development and background information, and there are many well developed sub-plots. The prose is professionally written and easy to read, and the story flows at a proper pace without getting bogged down in useless sidelines. There is plenty of technical information, causing you to believe the story was written by someone who actually knows what he's talking about. The story is salted with many plot twists, and the conclusion is not what you expect. Once you get going, it is hard to put this book down.
A few nitpicks: I would like to think that certain intelligence agencies would not in real life choose courses of action depicted in this book (but they might). I imagine Iran would be slightly more upset than they were at the end of the book. And perhaps the author got his inspiration for this story while watching the movie 'Crimson Tide'. But in truth this is a well written story that makes you wonder what could happen (or maybe happens more than we know) in the real world. Read it - you'll be glad you did.
The book was written by Rick Campbell, a retired Navy Commander, and is full of terrific actions scenes as well as personal stories about some of the main characters. involved in the story. The author does not get the reader bogged down in to much technical jargon and use of acronyms as so many books of this genre do The action is easy to follow and there is alot the reader will learn about submarines and the decisons that must be made in combat situations. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to the sequel entitled Empire Rising.
I bought this book because I was a Naval Officer for 22 years and specialized in aviation Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). We hunted submarines. At one time I really knew subs, how they were used and what they did. Now…there were lots of places in this book that had me saying to myself: “Heck….that wouldn't happen, or shouldn't happen or couldn't happen,” but as I got toward the end of the story I realized that Tom Clancy and other renowned authors do this all the time in their plots…and we accept it, and they get away with it, because they are who they are and their stories are so good. This story is also good!
I occasionally wondered if the average reader would have a bit of trouble following along with the more technical aspects of submarine employment, operations and tactics as written by Mr. Campbell…and I’m not really sure. But other reviews here suggest that that is not a problem at all. Rick does, in an “Author’s Note” at the end, explain that in order to keep the story unclassified a lot had to be changed or just fabricated. He also had to “ease up” the language in which we Navy aviators and submariners specialists speak (acronyms and trade language) so that the average reader could follow along. I think he did a fine job here.
I was a Naval Flight Officer in P-3 Orions and the P-3C community is mentioned quite frequently. Rick did a pretty accurate job with our operations and tactics; but, then again, I’ve been out of the Navy quite a while. The P-3’s roll is brief but its play in the story is game changing.
I read a lot. And not ashamed to say I read a lot of fiction…mostly established authors like Clancy, DeMille, Thor, Kellerman, Grisham, Baldacci, etc. Assuming there is some sort of learning curve to writing fiction, Rick Campbell is clearly on a fast track. I will certainly buy the sequel to this book when it is finished.