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The 24 missiles carried by a TRIDENT ballistic missile submarine can obliterate an entire country, leaving behind a wasteland uninhabitable for 10,000 years. A single radio transmission stands in the way…

Israeli Intelligence confirms Iran will complete assembly of its first nuclear weapon within a month, and the Israeli Security Council decides the Iranian facility must be destroyed. But the Iranian weapon complex is buried deep underground and can be destroyed only by a nuclear strike. The political implications of using nuclear weapons against Iran are severe, so the Prime Minister authorizes a Mossad operation that results in launch orders being transmitted to a U.S. ballistic missile submarine. As the USS Kentucky transits to within launch range, the Pacific Fleet is sortied to prevent the unthinkable. But will the Kentucky be detected and sunk before the crew completes its mission, or will the ship's 24 nuclear tipped missiles unleash a holocaust of unprecedented proportion?

Although THE TRIDENT DECEPTION is a submarine warfare novel at its core, it’s also an intriguing espionage tale, following the President's National Security Advisor as she traverses a web of deceit in her attempt to unravel and thwart the Mossad plot and expose its conspirators. The novel also explores the moral dilemma posed by the use of nuclear weapons - what our submarine crews are trained to do and the internal conflicts that arise as they struggle to execute their launch order. The outcome becomes even more unpredictable when a father is ordered to hunt down his only son.


“Fans of submarine thrillers who are saddened by the demise of Tom Clancy will welcome Campbell’s debut.” — Publishers Weekly

“A terrific thriller debut. Campbell does an amazing job, balancing character interaction with high-octane action, all the while keeping the technical jargon to a level understandable by nonmilitary readers. This is the best novel about a submarine since Tom Clancy’s classic
The Hunt For Red October (1984).” — Booklist

“No one puts the reader inside a submarine like Rick Campbell does in
The Trident Deception. I couldn’t put it down. Compelling and thrilling, this novel is a must read.” — Jack Coughlin, New York Times bestselling author of Shooter and Time to Kill

The Trident Deception is a fistfight of a thriller. A masterpiece.” — Dalton Fury, former Delta Force, and New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden and Tier One Wild

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When the United States negotiates preferential access to the world's dwindling oil supply, straining to meet the needs of the industrialized and developing nations, a crisis erupts in the People's Republic of China. The Politburo decides that if China cannot peacefully obtain the resources their economy needs to thrive, they will obtain it by force. The only obstacle standing in their way is the United States Pacific Fleet. Fortunately, China has had twenty years to prepare and their military is finally up to the task.

As the United States Pacific Fleet surges west, America's National Security Advisor, Christine O'Connor, who is in Beijing when hostilities break out, escapes with critical information and flees east toward China's coast with the Pacific Fleet's only hope. But as the Pacific Fleet engages China's military and a SEAL team is sent ashore to rescue Christine, will the data be retrieved in time to make a difference?

There’s something for everyone as the battle unfolds from the skies over Taiwan to submarine combat in the Strait, with the Pacific Fleet’s five Carrier Strike Groups in continuous Flex Ops in support. But not everything goes as planned for both sides in this action packed military thriller.


“Campbell follows his promising debut, 2014’s The Trident Deception, with another riveting military action thriller... a must-read for fans of this genre.” — Publishers Weekly

"In Campbell’s thrilling follow-up to
The Trident Deception, the story rockets around the globe, and the pages cannot turn fast enough. The characters are just as intriguing as the shiny tech, and Campbell’s expertise in the navy adds a realistic feel to the proceedings. Readers who miss Clancy will be eager to devour Campbell.” Booklist

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selected Empire Rising as one of their Top-12 February 2015 Thrillers. You can read what Barnes & Noble had to say about Empire Rising below.

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The third book in the series

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When the newest American fast attack submarine and one of Russia’s new ballistic missile submarines collide and sink under the Arctic ice cap, a fateful chain of events is set into motion. As life support systems aboard the submarines begin to fail, the United States and Russia rush to the aid of their crews, adapting their submarine rescue systems for the descent through the polar ice cap into the frigid waters below. But far more is at stake than the lives of the men trapped aboard their submarines.

Both sides realize that whoever reaches the sunken ships first will be able to board the other country’s submarine, harvesting the latest weapon and tactical system technology. With the United States pulling ahead, Russia employs their Arctic Spetsnaz special forces to ensure they win the race and board the American submarine. As the guided missile submarine USS
Michigan and its two platoons of Navy SEALs surge beneath the polar ice cap toward the sunken submarines and the American and Russian ice camps above, the stage is set for an explosive confrontation.

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"Exciting and intense! I realized when I finished that I'd been holding my breath for way too long. *inhale-exhale*!" — Booklikes

"Fans of Clancy-style techno-thrillers won’t be disappointed!"
— Open Letters Monthly

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The fourth book in the series

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A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier patrolling the Western Pacific Ocean is severely damaged by a surprise salvo of cruise missiles. While the Russian government officially apologizes, claiming it was the result of a fire control accident during a training exercise, it was instead a calculated provocation. The American president accepts Russia's explanation, and with the U.S. Pacific fleet already severely under strength following America's war with China, the Russian President decides that the American response is a clear indication of their weakness, militarily and politically, and initiates a bold plan.

Political unrest is spreading through the Eastern European states. The Russian Northern Fleet moves swiftly into the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian army is moving west to the border, and Russian Pacific and Black Sea Fleets are mobilized. In one bold strike, the Russian army reoccupies a large number of the industrialized areas of the former USSR, while blockading the vital sea passages through which the world’s oil and natural gas transit.

To make matters worse, Russia’s Special Forces have wired every major oil and natural gas pipeline with explosives. If the U.S. makes one move to thwart Russia, they’ll destroy them all. The U.S. is risking disaster if it acts, but the alternative is quite possibly worse. Torn between the unthinkable and the impossible, America's only possible move is ― launch an attack on all fronts, simultaneously.

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"Top-15 Summer Thriller!" It's great to rub shoulders with Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, Ben Coes and Tom Clancy (even though he's dead). Check out the list at
— The Real Book Spy

"Boasting one of the most timely stories in the genre, Blackmail is one of the finest thrillers published in 2017. As the final ships are sunk and both sides in the war switch to their Plan B’s, one thing is for sure. It's only the beginning of what looks to be a sweeping bloodbath, and thriller novel tour de force."
— Goodreads

"In Campbell's enthralling fourth military action thriller... the submarine and surface-ship battles are pitch-perfect, and readers will shudder with every missile strike and exploding depth charge."
— Publishers Weekly

"The war maneuvers feel authentic and are described in stellar detail. Unlike Clancy, however, Campbell has a good feel for character development and firmly grounds the military machinations with a human presence, especially in the form of National Security Advisor Christine O’Connor, who is definitely not someone to mess with in a crisis." — Booklist

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The fifth book in the series (Releases on March 19, 2019)

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A military coup in Russia leads to a swift invasion of former Soviet territories—while the U.S. has been rendered powerless to respond—in this classic military technothriller.

In Russia, the military is anxious to assert its military strength and regain its role as a superpower. The Russian President refuses to greenlight a bold plan to disable American strategic nuclear capability and retake the Ukraine and the Baltic States, fearing the potential consequences of involving nuclear weapons. But the generals won’t have it and at their first opportunity, they overthrow the president in a military coup. Then they use a narrow window to initiate their bold plan—the Zolotov option—which will render all of America’s B2 bombers and ballistic missiles useless. With the U.S. off the board, they swiftly invade the Ukraine with an overwhelming force, an invading Army that even NATO can’t hope to resist.

Now, it’s game on. Without their primary weapons, the U.S. has to find a way to fight back on multiple fronts. If they’re to have any chance, they’ll have to overcome the malware that has grounded their ballistic missiles and planes, as well as to secretly land a SEAL team help rescue the imprisoned Russian President, and help him retake control from the forces that are driving Europe into a continental war.

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TREASON Reviews:

"Treason is worth the wait, as this is Campbell's strongest showing yet. There's a reason he's been compared to Clancy and Larry Bond, and he flashes that talent again here." — The Real Book Spy

"In Rick Campbell’s gripping fifth thriller, Russian President Yuri Kalinin is under pressure from his military to seize territory to create a buffer between Russia and the NATO nations. When Kalinin vetoes the plan, a military coup removes him from power. As the United States prepares to respond, the Russians have a secret weapon to paralyze the Americans. Military action fans will be well satisfied." — Publishers Weekly

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