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Authors: Rick Campbell

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The Trident Deception

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To my wife, Lynne, who has supported me all these years and sacrificed so much, allowing me to chase my dreams.

 

To Brett, Caitlin, and Courtney, I pass along the advice that led me to write this novel:

 


What would you do, if you weren’t afraid?

 

CONTENTS

Title Page

Copyright Notice

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Principal Characters

Prologue

10 Days Remaining

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

9 Days Remaining

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

8 Days Remaining

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

7 Days Remaining

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

6 Days Remaining

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

5 Days Remaining

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

4 Days Remaining

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

3 Days Remaining

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Chapter 50

Chapter 51

Chapter 52

2 Days Remaining

Chapter 53

Chapter 54

Chapter 55

1 Day Remaining

Chapter 56

Chapter 57

Chapter 58

Chapter 59

Chapter 60

Chapter 61

Chapter 62

Chapter 63

Chapter 64

Chapter 65

Chapter 66

Chapter 67

Chapter 68

Chapter 69

Chapter 70

Chapter 71

Chapter 72

Chapter 73

Chapter 74

Chapter 75

Chapter 76

Chapter 77

Chapter 78

Chapter 79

Chapter 80

Chapter 81

Chapter 82

Chapter 83

Chapter 84

Chapter 85

Chapter 86

Chapter 87

Chapter 88

Epilogue

Complete Cast of Characters

Author’s Note

About the Author

Copyright

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Many thanks are due to those who helped me write and publish this novel:

First and foremost, to Ned Steele for the inspiration to pick up the pen; to my wife, Lynne, and my children for their support through the long hours; to Nancy Coffey, without whose assistance I would not be a writer; and to my agent, John Talbot, for his belief in this book and for taking a chance.

To the many wonderful people at St. Martin’s Press. First, to my editor, Keith Kahla, for making this novel twice as good as it was. To the many departments at St. Martin’s Press; editorial is only the beginning: to Young Lim and the art department for the incredible cover, to Rafal Gibek and William Rees and the rest of production, to Steven Seighman and design for the interior layout, to my marketing and publicity team—Paul Hochman, Loren Jaggers, Justin Velella, Cassandra Galante, and Courtney Sanks—for the many hours they’ve dedicated on behalf of
The Trident Deception,
to Hannah Braaten, for her cheerful assistance as I attempted to navigate my way through a new literary world, and to the countless sales reps I’ll never meet. And finally, to the publisher of St. Martin’s Press, Sally Richardson, and the editor in chief, George Witte, for making this book possible. Thank you all so much.

To those who helped me get the details in
The Trident Deception
right: to Commander Pete Arrobio, who walked me through the P-3C submarine prosecution procedures, to Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Commander Josh Wilkinson, who guided me through the Australian submarine scenarios, and to U.S. Navy Captains Murray Gero and Steve Harrison for refreshing my memory and helping me get the new technical details right. (Some of it isn’t right, on purpose—see Author’s Note in back.) And to Douglas C. Waller—the nuclear weapon release procedures in
The Trident Deception
are those authorized for public dissemination in his novel,
Big Red.

To my writer friends in Purgatory and The Pit, thank you for your support on this long journey; for sharing the good times and pulling me though the bad times. I wouldn’t have made it without you.

And finally, to the men and women in our armed services, and especially the Submarine Force. My heart and thoughts will always be with you.

 

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

(A complete cast of characters is provided in the addendum.)

UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION

K
EVIN
H
ARDISON
, chief of staff

C
HRISTINE
O’C
ONNOR
, national security adviser

S
TEVE
B
RACKMAN
, senior military aide

D
AVE
H
ENDRICKS
, deputy director, National Military Command Center, Pentagon

M
IKE
P
ATTON
, Section Two watchstander, National Military Command Center

ISRAELI ADMINISTRATION

L
EVI
R
OSENFELD
, prime minister

E
HUD
R
ABIN
, defense minister

B
ARAK
K
OGEN
, intelligence minister

A
RIEL
B
RONNER
, director, Metsada

COMSUBPAC

J
OHN
S
TANBURY
, Commander, Submarine Force Pacific

M
URRAY
W
ILSON
, senior Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor

USS
KENTUCKY

B
RAD
M
ALONE
, Commanding Officer

B
RUCE
F
AY
, Executive Officer

P
ETE
M
ANNING
, Weapons Officer

T
OM
W
ILSON
, Assistant Weapons Officer

H
ERB
C
ARVAHLO
, Electrical Division Officer

S
TEVE
P
RASHAW
, Chief of the Boat

A
LAN
D
AVIDSON
, Radio Division Chief Petty Officer

T
ONY
D
EL
G
RECO
, Sonar Division Leading Petty Officer

B
OB
C
IBELLI
, Sonar Division Petty Officer

R
OGER
T
RYON
, Missile Division Leading Petty Officer

FAST-ATTACK SUBMARINES

K
EN
T
YLER
, Commanding Officer, USS
San Francisco

D
ENNIS
G
ALLAGHER
, Commanding Officer, USS
North Carolina

B
RETT
H
UMPHREYS
, Commanding Officer, HMAS
Collins

EAGLE-FIVE-ZERO (P-3C AIR CREW)

S
COTT
G
RAEF
, Tactical Coordinator

P
ETE
B
URWELL
, Communicator

 

PROLOGUE

WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

As a full moon cast faint shadows across the narrow paths winding through Rock Creek Park, Russell Evans checked over his shoulder again as he ran at nearly a full sprint. The young man almost lost his footing on the rocky path above the creek bed, his dress shoes slipping on the damp stones. Stopping behind a thick copse of trees, Evans rested his hands on his knees as he waited for his exhaustion to fade, his heart racing as he gulped the cool night air. Dropping to one knee, he thought about the poor choice he’d made tonight and the danger he now faced.

It had seemed like a wise decision at the time. The man he had chosen to confide in was the one person who had the authority to investigate further. But Evans had misinterpreted the flicker in the man’s eyes when the information had been laid before him, assuming the seasoned government official shared his concern over what he had discovered. Now Evans believed the man’s concern was not for the danger the security breaches represented but for the discovery of the breaches themselves. Evans now realized that had he been older and wiser, had he confided in someone more trustworthy than powerful, he would not be in a desolate park in the middle of the night, fleeing for his life.

Evans pulled out his cell phone and scrolled through his address book, the faint light of the BlackBerry display illuminating his face in the darkness. This time, he selected a person he knew he could trust without question. A draft e-mail appeared. The first line of the message he’d typed was short and cryptic, only seven characters long. He was about to expound when the snap of a twig brought his head up.

Pressing the BlackBerry display against his chest, he scanned his surroundings. But his eyes saw nothing in the dark shadows. He slowed his breathing, keeping it shallow in an effort to listen more closely, but all he heard was the babbling of Rock Creek as it wound south toward the Potomac. As he debated whether to finish the e-mail or resume his flight, a voice reached out from the darkness.

“Stand up.”

Searching in the direction of the voice, Evans spotted its source. In the trees twenty feet away stood a man, his arm raised, pointing a pistol. Evans stood, then took a step back.

“Stay where you are!”

The man’s voice was familiar, but Evans couldn’t place it. His eyes strained to identify the man, but the moon’s faint illumination was insufficient.

“Who are you? What do you want?” Evans asked.

“Who have you told?”

“About what?”

The man stepped closer, his face becoming clearer. “Tell me who you have told, and I’ll spare your life.”

Evans almost laughed. He knew he would be dead in a few minutes regardless of what he revealed. As he held the cell phone against his chest, he slid his thumb along the keyboard and pressed Send. The message was incomplete, but it would have to do. He had run out of time. He dropped his phone on the ground as he replied to his assailant, hoping the sound of the BlackBerry hitting the path wouldn’t be noticed. “I told no one. You caught up to me too soon.”

Evans crushed the phone between the heel of his shoe and the rocky trail with the full weight of his body, until a sharp, impossibly loud crack echoed through the quiet park.

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