THE TRIDENT DECEPTION is an exciting book which I actually read in one sitting (not a recommended approach as the plot is so interwoven, twisting, interesting and exciting that I probably shortchanged myself), but I was driven to keep turning the pages to see what was next! The military details will ring authentic, particularly to sea-faring folk, as will the locations. Rick Campbell has obviously walked many seawalls and run his hands along the skin of many weapons!
From the first page when the full moon casts shadows over the trail in Washington’s Rock Creek Park, Rick Campbell slowly slides the reader into a world he makes very believable. The reader is quickly drawn into a post-Cold-War reality thriller involving America, Israel, Australia and the Middle East. Within a few pages you are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with senior political and military leaders working to prevent catastrophic world events (at least most appear to be).
At the same time, the reader catches glimpses of shadowy figures also in the governments with their own calculus and ethos, doggedly working toward different ends that would result in the fiery deaths of millions of people.
How many innocents will have to die? What will be the eventual outcome? Rick Campbell will not let you even suspect until the very last page. I thoroughly enjoyed his first novel and look forward to the sequel.