Trident’s First Gleaming: [#1] A Special Operations Group Thriller

Written by Stephen Templin
Category: · Mystery & Suspense

Just when he thought he was out, CIA pulled him back in…

Former SEAL Chris Paladin becomes a pastor, but CIA spy Hannah Andrade needs him—along with a cantankerous Delta Force operator to recover a downed stealth drone in Syria before their enemies do. Because the contractor who developed the drone used similar technology in other government projects, the drone’s technology could be used to hack into Washington’s critical IT infrastructure. Chris and his team must battle Syrian government forces, Chinese agents, and an American traitor to prevent a vicious cyberattack with deadly consequences…

THE TEAM
Chris “Reverend” Paladin left SEAL Team Six to become a pastor. Until CIA pulled him back in. He’s quick on the draw and efficient under fire.

Hannah “Infidel” Andrade delivers a triple knockout with her elegant smile, mixed martial arts skills and Agency tradecraft. CIA tapped her to be team leader, and she tapped her best friend Chris for this mission.

Sonny “Sunshine” Cohen is the insult comic who terrorizes terrorists. He is “on loan” to the Agency from the Army’s Delta Force. Also known as “Super Jew.”

And You…

PRAISE FOR STEPHEN TEMPLIN
“As action packed as a Tom Clancy thriller . . . harrowing . . . adrenaline-laced.”
New York Times

“Pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production . . .”
Washington Post

“Another great novel reflecting our spec ops forces’ global capabilities. Written by a proven and insightful master storyteller.”
—Howard E. Wasdin, former SEAL Team Six sniper and NYT bestselling author of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper and Easy Day for the Dead

“A muscular thrill ride that’s rich with detail and full of heart and energy. A standout in the ranks of modern action-adventure thrillers.”
—Mark Greaney, #1 NYT bestselling author of Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance and Agent in Place (Gray Man)

“Grabs you on page one and is hard to put down.”
—General Henry H. Shelton, former commander in chief of the US Special Operations Command and 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“A must read.”
—Jack Coughlin, former gunnery sergeant, USMC, and bestselling author of In the Crosshairs: A Kyle Swanson Sniper Novel and Shooter

“Eloquent, realistic, humorous, and thought-provoking . . .”
—Mark Beder, former lieutenant commander, SEAL assault team leader

“Great fast paced novel drawing readers deeper into the flames of operational activity hell. Attrition goes beyond body count, Templin captures warriors’ souls. Hardware is real, situational responses are real, and the heat of the moment humor is real. There are numerous great thriller writers in the market place but Stephen Templin brings great writing and authenticity to the story for an easy to follow thrill ride with unique characters and twists.”
—JT Patten, CT intelligence specialist and bestselling author of Buried in Black & Safe Havens

“There are few authors who have as deep an understanding of the shadowy world of global special operations as Stephen Templin. And there are fewer still who can synthesize that knowledge into a thrilling narrative so deftly . . . Stephen weaves a tale that reflects today’s complicated reality, where motives and allegiances are rarely black and white and there are no easy answers. Even more impressively, he manages to do this while still bringing plenty of visceral gunfights and car chases.”
—Chris Martin, bestselling author of Modern American Snipers

“A masterful blend . . . not knowing if you’re about to take a bullet to the head from a SEAL sniper or get hit in the gut with a punch line.”
—Dalton Fury, former Delta Force commander and NYT bestselling author of Execute Authority: A Delta Force Novel and Kill Bin Laden

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