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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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Good book

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

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  • Jeffrey
  • Austin Texas, United States
  • 03-09-14

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!

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 03-04-17

A Terrific Debut

This is a new author and narrator for me. I understand this is Campbell’s first novel. The author is a retired submarine officer. This is a great first book; I could hardly put it book down. I think I have found a new author to follow.

The novel is about a U.S. Navy Trident Nuclear Submarine, the U.S.S. Kentucky. They are given orders to launch all twenty-four nuclear missiles at Iran. However, these orders are fraudulent and the communication equipment on the sub has been sabotaged to prevent a recall order. The Kentucky was in Hawaiian waters when it received its mission orders and must proceed westward to reach launch range. Meanwhile, on the surface, the plot has been discovered and a race to stop the Kentucky begins. On the submarine, some of the crew have misgivings about destroying an entire nation of 75 million people.

The book is well written, the pace is fast and filled with continuous action and suspense. The plot twists and turns. The author has the reader feeling like they are on the boat with the crew. The book is hard to put down it’s sort of like a Tom Clancy or P. T. Deutermann novel.

The book is about fifteen hours long. Peter Ganim does a good job narrating the book. Ganim is an actor and voice over artist. He also narrates audiobooks.

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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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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.

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Awesome! So say we all

It's like Tom Clancy but with more. More plot twist, more villains, more intrigue.

Well done, I am getting the next book

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  • Shawn
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 02-04-15

An enjoyable side trip from my sci-fi norm

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.

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  • Allen
  • EVANSVILLE, WI, United States
  • 03-16-14

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.

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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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Excellent

Loved it, best Navy story I've read in a long time would recommend anyone to read

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