Publishers Weekly welcomed military thriller author Rick Campbell’s debut, The Trident Deception, noting, “Fans of submarine thrillers who are saddened by the demise of Tom Clancy will welcome Campbell’s debut.” The praise continues for Blackmail, "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." Local crime author and regular guest host Lisa Brackmann will be in conversation with Rick about San Diego and its military import, the state of naval warfare, and, of course, local breweries’ offerings.
As in Tom Clancy's technothrillers, the war maneuvers feel authentic and are described in stellar detail." --Booklist on Blackmail
A bold military and political strike by the Russian government leaves the U.S. reeling, crippled and vulnerable, with only a desperate long shot chance to avoid a devastating world war.
The U.S. 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 fire control accident during a training exercise, it was instead a calculated provocation. With the U.S. Pacific fleet already severely under strength, the Russian President decides that the US 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 in the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian army is moving west to the border, and Russian Baltic and Black Sea Fleets are mobilized. In one bold strike, the Russian army moves to reoccupy 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, the only possible move--to launch an attack on all fronts, simultaneously.
Emily runs a successful bistro in Humboldt County, California, where she lives with her boyfriend, Jeff, a volunteer firefighter. A lot of her best customers are in the cannabis business, but so what? It's true, firefighting isn't really Jeff's main job--that would be flying Humboldt's finest weed to out-of-state customers. And sure, he isn't really Emily's boyfriend, more like the guy she's stuck with by circumstance. Actually, his name is Danny, not Jeff, and Emily's real name is Michelle Mason, although no one can ever know that. She's on the run from her past--which has just caught up with her. Gary, an ex-CIA agent who got her and Danny into this whole mess, has just shown up in Humboldt County. Michelle should have killed him when she had the chance, but now she's stuck playing Gary's game--and if she loses, she or someone close to her will pay the ultimate price.
Russia's new ballistic missile submarine is being deployed on its first patrol while America's newest fast attack submarine, North Dakota, is assigned to trail it and collect intel. As the Russian submarine heads under the polar ice cap, its sonar readings reveal the trailing American sub and cause the Russians to begin a radical, evasive maneuver, one that causes both subs to collide and hit the bottom. The Americans immediately set up a rescue mission, sending a new submarine and a SEAL team to establish an ice camp - Ice Station Nautilus - and stage a rescue. The Russians also send a rescue team but their secret mission is to make sure the Americans don't get any intel. To achieve this, they plan to take over Nautilus - leaving no survivors or traces of their actions. Meanwhile, the men at the bottom of the ocean in both downed subs struggle for their last breath...
Ellie McEnroe is an Iraq War vet living in Beijing, where she represents the work of cutting-edge Chinese political artists. She has one bum leg, a taste for dumplings and beer, and a sweet-tempered rescue mutt for a roommate. She also has Chinese Domestic Security on her tail and a dwindling number of Percocets to get her through her bad days.
And she s about to have some bad days. The immensely powerful and occasionally homicidal Shanghai billionaire Sidney Cao has asked Ellie to investigate his son s suspicious new American business partner. Ellie knows she can t refuse and is grudgingly swept up into the elite social circles of Sidney s three children: debauched Guwei, rebellious Meimei and social climber Tiantian. When a waitress is murdered at one of Tiantian s parties, the last thing Ellie wants is to get sucked into a huge scandal involving China s rich and powerful. But Ellie quickly becomes the most convenient suspect. She realizes she ll have to figure out who really did it and even that might not be enough to save herself.