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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daisy Goodwin, Rick Campbell Narrator: Katherine Kellgren, Jeff Gurner, Fred Berman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781427252449
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After a long, secret military buildup, China launches a swift and deadly attack on Taiwan. But that’s only their first move in a much deadlier game. 

Xiang Chenglei, Chinese president and party secretary, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that China’s limited supply of oil is threatening to derail its economic growth and prosperity. Having failed to win access to a greater supply diplomatically, he sets his backup plan in motion. And what is war but diplomacy by other means? 

The US Pacific Fleet is the major military force in the area, and when Taiwan is invaded, the fleet is sent in to repel the invading Chinese forces. The US military expects it to be an easy operation, but after a decades-long, top-secret buildup, China has military capabilities far greater than the United States is aware of. With hidden batteries of long range missiles, advanced cyber warfare capabilities, and a submarine fleet wielding a secret weapon, China is able to overwhelm the American fleet. In fact, China all but wipes out the US Pacific Fleet—leaving them free to turn to their real objective—invasion and expansion across Asia, starting with the four main islands of Japan. 

While the Atlantic Fleet surges westward to defend its allies and respond to the destruction of their counterparts, it falls to an unlikely alliance of three people to stop this incursion and prevent an all-but-inevitable global war. National Security Advisor Christine O’Connor has critical information, but she’s trapped in Beijing; Captain Murray Wilson, commanding officer of the submarine USS Michigan must somehow infiltrate the Chinese submarine blockade; and Navy SEAL Jake Harrison must lead a strike team into the most hostile of territories with only hours to implement the most daring plan ever.

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  • “Campbell does an amazing job, balancing character interaction with high-octane action.”

    Booklist (starred review), on The Trident Deception

  • “Campbell does an amazing job, balancing character interaction with high-octane action...the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy's The Hunt For Red October. Booklist (starred) on The Trident Deception

  • No one puts the reader inside a nuclear submarine like Rick Campbell does. Compelling and thrilling, this novel is a must-read. Jack Coughlin, author of Shooter, on The Trident Deception
  • Fans of submarine thrillers who are saddened by the demise of Tom Clancy will welcome Campbell's debut. 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. Publishers Weekly on The Trident Deception

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About the Author
Author Daisy Goodwin

Daisy Goodwin is a television producer, presenter, and author. She has edited numerous poetry anthologies, including the bestselling 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, and is the author of Silver River, a memoir. She was chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her first novel, My Last Duchess, was translated into thirteen languages.

About the Narrators

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.

Jeff Gurner created the title role in the American premiere of A Prayer for Owen Meany at Playmakers Rep. He has appeared in productions on and off Broadway such as The Lion King, Five Course Love, The London Cuckolds, and Harrigan & Hart. His film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and Hey Joel!, an animated series for VHI.

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration and is the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He is a theater, film, and television actor, whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.