Empire Rising : Trident Deception

  • by Rick Campbell
  • Narrated by Fred Berman
  • Series: Trident Deception
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Xiang Li Cheng, the President of the People's Republic of China, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that the limited supply of oil available to China is threatening to derail his country's economic growth and prosperity. But to secure access to those resources, he must contend with powerful U.S. Navy and the Pacific Fleet. After a decades-long largely secret military buildup, Cheng sets his plan in motion by suddenly invading Taiwan and drawing the Pacific Fleet in to its defense. With a faster, larger fleet with more capable long range missiles, China is able to surprise and quickly overwhelm the American fast attack fleet, all but wiping out the U.S. forces on deployment. Then China turns to its 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 World War III. National Security Advisor Christine O'Connor has critical information, but she's trapped in Beijing; Captain Murray Wilson, C.O. of the submarine USS Georgia 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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High Octane Action

I enjoyed the first book in the series so much I decided to read book two. Christine O’Conner is the president’s national security advisor. She advises against signing the Maer Accord about the mutual access to environmental resources between the U.S. and her allies. The Accord severely limits China’s access to natural resources. O’Conner said this will lead to war with China; the Chief or Staff says it will not lead to war. O’Conner flies to China to attempt to offset a war but she is arrested and confined to a cell; as China goes to war. She escapes and eventually end up on the U.S. Michigan, a trident submarine.

Three American submarines are immediately destroyed as China launches war. China’s missiles and ships are more sophisticated than expected and she has many many more than does the Pacific Fleet. When China gets the Pacific Fleet exactly where they want it, they also launch cyberwarfare.
The book is well written and is non-stop action. The battle scenes are real nail biters. The book seems quite realistic. I could hardly put the book down. This is a great military action novel.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is about thirteen and a half hours long. Fred Berman does a great job narrating the book. Berman is an actor and award winning audiobook narrator.
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- Jean

Decent storyline but narrator is unbearable

The story line is decent but the narration is a big distraction to me. I should have listened to the audio sample but I didn't. He sounds like Joe Pesci screaming when he tries to read the dramatic parts. Imagine nails to a chalkboard. His normal reading voice, I can bear but beyond that; it's like a tenor trying to reach beyond his range. The different characters all sound the same same.
The author definitely knows his submarines and weaves a good enough story to keep you engaged. I totally enjoyed Rick Campbell's first book, The Trident Deception and narrator was good. This one; not so much. Please listen to the sample before you purchase.
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- Wilbur

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio