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!
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.
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!
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.
Christine, the National Security Adivsor, was a compelling character. The submariner commanders were well drawn as well.
Didn't quite get the "bad guys" esp. their motivation. Maybe just me, but unclear.
Sure. He really needs a good editor, as there was alot of "filler" here, but the essence was well done. Needs a great deal of tightening up, an some of the resolutions were a weee bit of a stretch of disbelief.
On balance, I would listen to his work again.
Audio books based on thrillers ( esp. sub stories, a well defined genre ) are prime territory for Peter's skills in bringing a consistent voice to this story. Pacing, accents, all were well done.
No. Asked and answered, as the legal trade say.
Abit long, with help needed in editing, and with some serious stretches of believablity. That said, a solid offering, and worth the credit.
I've probably read too many submarine warfare novels so the details and storylines tend to bleed together or overlap. I've seen the theme of "Ballistic Missile Submarine gone rogue" worked from about every angle possible. Crimson Tide has already went here and done this.
Pretty soapy with alot of drama building recapping leading into each action sequence. I actually caught myself yelling "PUHLEASE" get on with it.
In a world where suspension of disbelief is required for the reader to remain engaged- Mr. Campbell abuses this requirement by time and again taking his reader to the edge of the precipice only to have some implausible miracle save the day! Assuming you can get past all that, this is entertaining and his narrative flows smoothly with a story that's easy to follow. It's far from "Hunt for Red October", but it was a fun read.
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