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Shattered Trident: A Jerry Mitchell Novel

(Jerry Mitchell #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  770 ratings  ·  63 reviews
While trailing a Chinese nuclear attack sub, Jerry Mitchell, the captain of USS North Dakota, is shocked to see the Chinese boat torpedo a Vietnamese merchant ship.
This blatant act of aggression is the opening gambit in a war that has blindsided the U.S. and quickly embroiled all nations in the western Pacific. These nations, bound together in the newly formed Littoral Al
Paperback, 432 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Forge (first published May 7th 2013)
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Needed a break from some serious reading so I picked this up. I used to consume techno-thrillers like Shattered Trident with some regularity. I got out of the habit some time ago but after reading Shattered Trident I was reminded what is good about them. It's easy to hate these types of books and many reasons for doing so can be found in the GoodReads comments for this book, other Larry Bond books, all Tom Clancy books and so on.I can easily understand why many people hate the genre, although, of course, Ilike ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you need to read an “escape” novel this one would be a good choice. Action, good conflict, lots and lots of lots of naval terminology and a surprisingly contemporary scenario all contribute to a solid yarn.

Mike Barker
I'm not sure when I read a Larry Bond book recently; it's been a while. This was handy at the library, so I snagged it. It was only when I got home and read the opening riff that I was really captivated. My eldest son, in high school recently did a paper on the development of the first Chinese air craft carrier. This book opens with an attack on that ship in the very near future, 2016. I enjoyed the book quite a bit. The characters were fairly-well developed and the sub-plots (pardon the pun) no ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larry Bond at his brilliant best! The fourth of the Mitchell series following the career of an injured pilot turned submariner sees Mitchell as captain of the North Dakota and thrust into the middle of an excellent crafted geo-political thriller.
Learning of a plan by China to seize many of the disputed islands in the South China Sea so they can be exploited for their natural resources the smaller nations of the area (Japan, Korea, Philippines, India, Vietnam and Taiwan) for a secret alli
Daniel Bratell
Most of the time a book has a story that leads you towards an end. This book feels like it's pulling you to the end. I think the ending was the first thing Larry Bond wrote and then he had to make up a path there, or the path lead nowhere and an ending had to be shoehorned in. In previous book reviews in the Jerry Mitchell series I've said that Larry Bond is good at making up plausible scenarios, but in this one I think he's stretching it.

The book starts with Vietnam learning of a pl
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book...a little long on detail and a little short on story. Of course the details are what Larry bond is known for and I knew that going in. The Jerry Mitchell series is a good one and this story was unbelievable and at the same time so believable it was scary! It's jus that the extreme detail makes the story drag just a bit.
Anthony P Phoenix
A real blast

As with the earlier books in this series this book moves along at a good pace, with enough depth to the plot to keep it interesting. A very interesting book with an up to date theme.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly gave this two stars. The story that played out — a covert then not-so-covert war in southeast Asia — was somewhat interesting. I like Bond/Clancy stories and this one was decent enough. The silly ending almost ruined it for me. Like I said, almost two stars just for the ending.
Ann Amadori
Hard to keep track of all the oriental names & places. A lot of geometry related to navigation that didn't make sense to me. Not enough about Jerry and his submariners.
Roger Scherping
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another great Jerry Mitchell book, but it's more of a political thriller than a submarine adventure.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
3.5 stars. another good one. getting a little formulaic. But this idea, an alternative future with a war in SE Asia was great.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mitchell Continues to Move up in Command! Jerry is now the Captain of his own Boat and in the middle of a shooting War.
Cliff Townsend
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long ass book but well done.
Jon Ellis
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting story about a very current threat in SE asia. Lets hope it never becomes a reality.

Not a very convincing ending but I guess it would be hard to come up with a simple solution.
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shattered Trident
By Larry Bond
Publisher: Forge Books
Published In: New York City, NY, USA
Date: 2013
Pgs: 432


The Litoral Alliance, a group of nations in the western Pacific who all have territorial disputes with China, has banded together following the revelation of a Chinese plan to seize disputed territory in the South China Sea. An American submarine catches a Chinese submarine torpedoing a Vietnamese freig
Marian Tustison O'Connor
Wanted to love this book but there was way too much from the viewpoint of the Japanese contingent and not enough from the others. Also I was looking for more action scenes. I will read more of the series and maybe rearward this one in order next time
Christian D.  Orr
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed (1) Larry Bond's novels and (2) submarine stories in general, and this one is no different. "Shattered Trident" is the first novel in the Jerry Mitchell series, and he is one cool cat. Exciting action scenes, especially the cat-and-mouse game between CDR's Mitchell's crew and the Indian Akula sub.

And if you'll pardon a bad cliché, the plotline of this novel, a conflict between Red China and a consortium of East Asian and Southeast Asian powers including (to name b
Brett Thomasson
Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October started out as a submarine novel that grew into a kind of alternative history in the "Ryanverse," as he brought hero Jack Ryan onto a larger and larger world stage. Hunt took place in a 1984 more or less like our own, but later books diverged widely from real history.

Larry Bond may be heading in a similar direction with his own submariner, Jerry Mitchell. Jerry boarded his first boat in 2005 in Dangerous Ground, again in a world not so different from the 2005 outside
Alex Reinhart
Another typical Larry Bond book. Technically detailed, but the writing can't match the potential of the story. The dialogue is clumsy and unrealistic, the descriptions plain and uninteresting. Despite the scope of the story (and the threat of nuclear war!) there's no feeling of tension or suspense. Bond spends quite a bit of time on exposition so he can manage all the intricate details of the military campaigns, inventing a character whose sole purpose is to write blog posts giving details. Of c ...more
Tom Tischler
It's the year 2016 and Captain Jerry Mitchell of the USS
North Dakota one of our newest submarines see's a Chinese
sub torpedo a Vietnamese merchant ship. This opening move
has blindsided the U.S. and embroiled all nations in the
Western Pacific. These nations have banded together and
formed a Littoral Alliance in a campaign to cripple China's
economy before China's own plot to dominate the region takes
effect. Mitchell's sub is ordered to stay invisible but to
interfere with attacks f
I've followed Larry Bond since he collaborated with Tom Clancy on Red Storm Rising, which led me to the Harpoon series of games, which led me to his early books. Bond is at his best when he's writing naval techno-thrillers, and in Shattered Trident he returns to his roots.

Bond's Jerry Mitchell series of books marked his return to his roots -- rollicking submarine thrillers. Shattered Trident is the Pacific version of Red Storm Rising, with a large cast of supporting characters (and a
Thomas Mcmillen
Yeah! US saves the day! Bond, (and his writing partner du jour,) have an interesting premise of an alliance of asian countries antagonistic to a belligerent China, but how does one wrap up a war rapidily heading to a nuclear conflagration? Jerry Mitchell and his amazing talent in stopping attacks! (even when his "superior" officers disagree - though what do they know) If you like Bond's traditional roll-call of military tech - this is for you. Dialogue and realistic, interesting characters - see ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story; almost Clancy-esq.

This book was copyrighted in 2013, and takes place in the summer and early fall of 2016. It deals with a fictional war between an Asian littoral alliance and China, and a submarine squadron caught in the middle.

It turns out to be the forth book in a series starring the main character. Guess I'll have to look for the other books in the series.

I also appreciated references to a real place. Two scenes in the book take place at Sine I
Derek Allen
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this was a great political thriller! The politics to me were real world and a stunning hypothesis on the minds of the Chinese at this point in history (as well as that of those countries making up the "Literal Alliance"). Secondly for a person who also enjoys Science Fiction I imagined the Submariner battles to be a lot like Space battles. Where crews rely more upon instruments to fight then on traditional methods of sight as in land based conflict.

Great book look forward to liste
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Except for the end of this novel, there is not much to like. The rest of this story is full of characters and nations that just do not appeal to the reader. In this case, I listened to the novel, at least most of it and even hall of fame narrator Dick Hill could not save this from putting me to sleep. (Good thing I wasn't driving.) In addition to being much too long, the bickering, whining and deceptions are nauseous. Mr. Bond is a better author than this and I hope he is not headed on the same ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Story, Good Narration
That aside, everyone should be aware of what China is doing with her bully hegemony in the South China Sea between Viet Nam and the Philippines. They have established a military base and threaten all who come near. This essentially will lead to China controlling ship transit and fishing in the whole area. This book is a forecast.
A lot of people do not know of this situation. I know this because I ask them. Part of my family lives on the west coast of Norther
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a typical Larry Bond book. Lots of action, sparks flying between characters, and, ultimately, the good guys come out ahead. However, as I read the book, I got a feeling of deja-vu, and about 60% thru, it hit me--the premise behind the story is very similar to Tom Clancy's books RED STORM RISING, and THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON. A super power has economic and material shortages and looks to annex adjacent territory to solve the problem. Happens all too often.
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A good political techno- thriller. Larry Bond always does a good job of weaving story lines together. As I listened to this book, I appreciated the creativity of the plot - war breaking out over ownership of 'insignificant' islands and surprising sets of allies. The week after I finished, there was a news report about China claiming theses same islands! My only complaint is that the author told us too often how brilliant the main character is. Let the reader figure it out.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Clancy like read, this one though, is not great but not bad. The story line seems a little far fetched, Mr. Bond seems to stretching to keep submarines as a central part of the story. Without revealing spoilers, the ending is a real stretch to think the president's response would have the affect it did. I will not continue reading the "Mitchell-series" but would be interested in other books by Larry Bond.
Read Ng
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
For "Jerry Mitchell universe" continuity, it is best to read these books in sequence.

Our hero is now a sub captain of an attack sub stationed in the South China Sea. And then a shooting war slowly breaks out. It is interesting to see how much our hero has changed and grown since we first met him. And it is very interesting how this story develops and ends. I really liked the set up and a somewhat logical reaction of the US.

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Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including Crash Dive, Cold Choices, Dangerous Ground, Red Phoenix and the Larry Bond’s First Team and Larry Bond’s Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years, serving four on a destroyer and two on shore duty in the Washington DC area. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, and he now writes and design ...more

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