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The Trident Deception | [Rick Campbell]

The Trident Deception

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 03-09-14
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Satisfying High Tension Thriller!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 12-16-14
    Daniel 12-16-14
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    What did you love best about The Trident Deception?

    When I started this book I didn't even know what numbers were. Thankfully, each level or "chapter" has increasingly complex count-down scenarios.


    What other book might you compare The Trident Deception to and why?

    The Hunt for Red October or Moby Dick, because both have large underwater things.


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Submarines and a series of unfortunate events.


    Any additional comments?

    If a submarine is a prison then don't drop the wrench.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Davis 10-16-14
    Sally Davis 10-16-14

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    "Trite boring book equally boring narrator."

    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!

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    Richard 04-23-14
    Richard 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"
    Any additional comments?

    Delivery of book was poor. It kept skipping sections of the narration. Very frustrating!

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    Elaine B Patton 04-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Probably better in print than on Audible!"
    Where does The Trident Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Trident Deception?

    Rick Campbell takes us through a sub-on-sub battle where neither adversary knows exactly where the opponent was -- well done!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Perhaps Peter needed a scotch to loosen him up?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book moves quickly and is an easy listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 04-09-14
    LINDA 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not your Grandpas Navy!"
    What did you love best about The Trident Deception?

    Trident Deception was a good "page turner" that I looked forward to listening to every day after work.


    What other book might you compare The Trident Deception to and why?

    Hunt for Red October for sure, but Trident Deception holds it's own amongst the biggies,


    What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

    Good narrator. Not overly emotional which was needed for this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-17-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 03-17-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Alot of suspension going on here...."
    What did you like best about The Trident Deception? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Campbell? Why or why not?

    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.


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Do you think The Trident Deception needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Asked and answered, as the legal trade say.


    Any additional comments?

    Abit long, with help needed in editing, and with some serious stretches of believablity. That said, a solid offering, and worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allen EVANSVILLE, WI, United States 03-16-14
    Allen EVANSVILLE, WI, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meh..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Could you see The Trident Deception being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Noooo.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Belton, TX, United States 06-07-15
    M. Belton, TX, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2008
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    "In feasible story almost carried by strong performance"

    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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    C. Cox Michigan 05-22-15
    C. Cox Michigan 05-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Very exciting"
    What made the experience of listening to The Trident Deception the most enjoyable?

    Terrific military adventure story. Author really knows his subs. Cant wait for more by Rick Campbell. Narrator did a fine job as well.


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