"The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October." —Booklist (starred review)
The USS Kentucky—a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads—is about to go on a routine patrol. 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 haven't actually come from the U.S. 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 pre-emptive 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 U.S. nuclear submarine to launch the attack.
In this thriller from Rick Campbell, with only 8 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.
Fans of submarine thrillers who are saddened by the demise of Tom Clancy will welcome Campbell's debut. Israeli Prime Minister Levi Rosenfeld refuses to heed the advice of his minister of intelligence to nuke the Iranian military site at Natanz, where the final preparations for a nuclear weapon are being completed. Later, a terrorist attack prompts Rosenfeld to approve a secret plan that will trick America into doing the job for them. After receiving false orders, the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky races from the waters off Hawaii toward the Persian Gulf. The American military deploys subs, ships, and planes with orders to stop the Kentucky, but she fights her way past one and all, determined to fulfill her mission, which is now to destroy all of Iran. You may not be able to actually drive a sub after reading this one, but you'll probably know enough to at least launch a salvo of Trident missiles.
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Fun book to read! Worked on the Trident class and 688 fast attack subs. The author made the boats come alive and showed how powerful the USN nuclear fleet is!
I am a retired US Navy Senior Chief and thought this was a terrific book, kept me on the edge of my seat virtually throughout. Will definitely read more by Rick Campbell.
Best part was the sample
After a brisk beginning, it slowly ground down and turned into “this happened, then over there that happened, and over here...”. Flat characters, no dialogue worth anything, and improbable situations. One third in I started skimming then just gave up and quit.