The Trident Code by Thomas Waite

The Trident Code by Thomas Waite
Publisher: 47North
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (323 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Ruthless cyberhackers seize a US nuclear submarine, training its most powerful weapon on a target so unusual, yet so vulnerable, that a successful strike could change the face of the earth for millions of years. With the world held hostage, former NSA operative Lana Elkins must join forces with a mysterious computer mastermind—who might be working with the enemy—to avert this unprecedented Armageddon. Intrigue, power, and blackmail force Lana to fight on all fronts—land, sea, air, and in cyberspace—to prevent the worst catastrophe in human history.

Lana Elkins is finally getting settled after the last major cyber-attack on the United States when another threat looms on the horizon. A nuclear submarine carrying more than twenty missiles is hacked and taken over by an unknown cyber hacker and threats are made that would endanger the entire world and kill billions of people. Will former NSA operative and security specialist Lana Elkins be in time or will the world pay the price?

Lana is an inspiration as far as I’m concerned. She’s tough, ballsy, and smart as a whip. Add to that the fact she’s working in a world predominately ruled by men and she becomes my hero. Not just because she worked for the NSA at one time, but mostly because she’s basically a legal hacker working for the safety of the entire country. On top of all that, she’s still able to be feminine and motherly. She can be difficult, but no more so than the job requires.

On the other side of the coin, you have Galina Bortnik, an ex-Greenpeace activist turned hacker. Galina is an unlikely sort of heroine. I didn’t care for her very much when we were first introduced to her, but as her situation changes and she learns more about the man she’s in love with, the more you start to like her. She becomes more three-dimensional at that point. Galina is probably the bravest character in The Trident Code, seeing as she risks everything with no promise of anything in return.

Cyber thrillers aren’t my usual genre, but The Trident Code intrigued me. It takes a cyber-terrorism plot and mixes a bit of environmental terrorism into it. These two threats combine into one terrifying not-so-far-fetched possibility for our future. One of the best parts of this novel is that not just one main character, but two of them are strong, driven female leads. Despite everything that’s being thrown at them, they both manage to maintain their status as warriors as well as women. The Trident Code kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

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