In this modern-day Hunt for Red October, an armed nuclear submarine is taken over and must be hunted down before its weapons are launched.
The USS Kentucky - a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads - sets out on a routine cruise. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all counter orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to the launch site. What the Kentucky's crew doesn't know is that those launch orders didn't come from the US government.
Rogue elements within the Mossad have learned that Iran has developed its first nuclear weapon and, in ten days, will detonate it - and the target is Israel. The suspected weapon complex is too far underground for conventional weapons to harm it, and the only choice is a preemptive nuclear strike. With limited time, this rogue group initiates a long-planned operation called the Trident Deception: They'll transmit false orders and use a US nuclear submarine to launch the attack.
With only eight days before the Kentucky is in launch range and with the submarine cut off from any outside communication, one senior officer, the father of one of the officers aboard the submarine, must assemble and lead a team of attack submarines to find, intercept, and neutralize the Kentucky before it can unknowingly unleash a devastating nuclear attack.
©2014 Rick Campbell (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The godfather of submarine-based thrillers will always be Tom Clancy. "The Hunt For Red October," the gold standard. "The Trident Deception" provides no originality and often pipes many of the 21st century military thriller cliches we are all used to in this genre, but that's OK. This book also could have been considerably longer had the author chosen to fill out more back story detail in several areas including its nefarious plot, but chose wisely not to do so as it would have spoiled and bogged down the otherwise excellent pace that ramps to a "can't put it down" ending. I have a bit of quibble with the narration. Mr. Ganim simply didn't do it for me, his portrayal of the book's chief female character especially was just weird to me. Overall, bravo Mr. Campbell!
This book might have been ok if it had been condensed into half its length. I did find it helped me go to sleep! Narrator pronounced hawaiian words poorly. His voice was boring but it was probably because the book was putting him to sleep too. A tolerable listen on sale, don't pay a full credit for it!
Terrific military adventure story. Author really knows his subs. Cant wait for more by Rick Campbell. Narrator did a fine job as well.
There are twists and turns aplenty among the pages of The Trident Deception to keep you turning them - figuratively at least. It's clear Rick Campbell has done his research and there are few contrived plot conveniences. The characters are well described and have in-depth personalities. It's all well done. Yet, there's little new ground here. It's like going to an action movie: you can't expect an intricate story. You're mostly there for escapist thrills. That's what I found here.
I found the performance excellent: Plenty of energy and subtle character traits help keep you in the story and moving quickly without getting confused.
When I started this book I didn't even know what numbers were. Thankfully, each level or "chapter" has increasingly complex count-down scenarios.
The Hunt for Red October or Moby Dick, because both have large underwater things.
I couldn't hear Peter very well when he did his girl voices. BE WARE! Peter Ganim couldn't read for a female character if his life depended on it.
Submarines and a series of unfortunate events.
If a submarine is a prison then don't drop the wrench.
The Trident Deception is on par with most Clancy thrillers. However, the Peter Ganim is very "sterile", and fails to carry the emotion and tension of the story.
Rick Campbell takes us through a sub-on-sub battle where neither adversary knows exactly where the opponent was -- well done!
Perhaps Peter needed a scotch to loosen him up?
The book moves quickly and is an easy listen.
Trident Deception was a good "page turner" that I looked forward to listening to every day after work.
Hunt for Red October for sure, but Trident Deception holds it's own amongst the biggies,
Good narrator. Not overly emotional which was needed for this story.
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