A U.S. destroyer is torpedoed by an Iranian submarine and Captain Murray Wilson of the U.S.S. Michigan is flown to the Pentagon to meet with the Secretary of the Navy (SecNav). There Wilson learns that the Iranian submarine is just a cover story. One of the United States' own fully automated unmanned underwater vehicles has gone rogue, its programming corrupted in some way. Murray is charged with hunting it down and taking it out before the virus that's infected its operating system can infect the rest of the fleet.
At the same time, the head of the SEAL detachment aboard the U.S.S Michigan is killed and Lonnie Mixell, a former U.S. operative, now assassin for hire, is responsible. And that is only the first SEAL to be hunted down and killed. Jake Harrison, fellow SEAL, discovers that these SEALs had one mission in common - they were all on the team that killed Bin Laden. Or so the world was told.
As Wilson discovers that his mission is actually meant to cover up dangerous acts of corruption, even treason, Harrison discovers that the assassin is out to protect the same forces. Forces too powerful for either of them to take on alone.
Campbell's normally kinetic Trident Deception series slows down for this leisurely seventh entry (after Deep Strike) about deadly treason within American ranks. The U.S.S. Stethem is cruising the Persian Gulf when a torpedo strike sends it to the bottom. In Washington, D.C., newly appointed CIA director Christine O'Connor is meeting with the president when Navy Secretary Brenda Verbeck reports that the Stethem was likely sunk by one of America's own unmanned underwater vehicles, or UUVs, gone rogue. Because the UUV in question is still on the loose and equipped with another torpedo, Verbeck suggests sending the U.S.S. Michigan, a submarine commanded by Capt. Murry Wilson, to hunt it down and destroy it. Then one of the key U.S.S. Michigan personnel is murdered by ex-Navy SEAL Lonnie Mixell, who—it's quickly revealed—was hired by Secretary Verbeck to do the job. O'Connor taps former CIA agent Jake Harrison to hunt Mixell, and he discovers the assassin has been sent to target the SEALs who killed Bin Laden. But why? While Campbell delivers some satisfying action, he spends too much time linking the various pasts of his two-dimensional characters, and reader mileage may vary on the final reveal. This feels like deck clearing—series fans will hope the next adventure is full steam ahead.