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For those of you who do not know this, our classmate, Rick Campbell, has become a best-selling author of military thrillers with favorable comparisons to Tom Clancy. I have now read his latest Book Blackmail and can tell you, it is perhaps his best in a list of really amazing books (I have read them all!). I pick up one of his books and cannot put it down… PERIOD! Rick will be at the USNA Midstore from 19-21 October doing book signings and as he has done in the past, he will donate a percentage of the proceeds to our Class of ’85 Fund. Last year, that was over $600 and was very much appreciated. Here is some info on Rick’s books:

Author of military thrillers published by Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press.  Find out more at –  rickcampbellauthor.com
PRAISE for Rick Campbell books  Barnes & Noble Top-20 Bestsellers!
— TRIDENT DECEPTION:  “The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy’s classic The Hunt For Red October.” — Booklist
— EMPIRE RISING:  “Another riveting thriller by Rick Campbell. A MUST READ!” — Publishers Weekly
— ICE STATION NAUTILUS:  “Exciting and intense! When I finished, I realized I’d been holding my breath for way too long.” — BookLikes
BLACKMAIL – on sale June 27th, 2017 at bookstores everywhere (hardcover, eBook, and audiobook).  
— Available at Barnes & Noble, select COSTCOs, Books-A-Million, Amazon, Apple iTunes, GooglePlay, and many more!
— “The submarine and surface-ship battles are pitch-perfect, and readers will shudder with every missile strike and exploding depth charge.” — Publishers Weekly
As you can see, his list of books is growing as well as his accolades. Like I said, if you have not read any yet, go ahead today and buy them or download them. If you do not enjoy any of his books, I will refund your money myself, as I am a HUGE fan of Rick’s work. As notable, Rick has been very generous with the proceeds from his books donating to many groups supporting our soldiers, sailors and marines. Thanks Rick and we look forward to seeing him in Annapolis. He will be join us for the Homecoming game class events.
Get out there today and support a great classmate, better yet, get some reading that you will truly enjoy no matter what your military background is or was and have some of your proceeds go to great causes. Go Navy and support Rick today!!
Bob Smith ’85

I took an early morning stroll over to the Yard and stop by the Mid Store to see Rick Campbell.  I brought my copies of Trident Deception and Empire Rising with me which he gladly signed.

Rick Campbell signing Angela Orlando's copies

Rick Campbell signing Angela Orlando’s copies

If you haven’t got your copies, take a walk over today, tomorrow, or Saturday and get your copies!  Remember, each book sold this weekend is a donation to the class fund to help defray the cost of our fallen spouses’ widows attend the reunion.  If you already have bought copies, please let me know which books, where you got them, and the format as each book bought by a classmate is also a donation.

Thank you so very much, Rick Campbell!


Kickoff time!!!

The time is finally here! The Class of 1985 30th Reunion!!  Those of us here are warmed up and raring to go!

For those of you in town or soon to be, here is today’s schedule of events:

Thursday October 1st
Midshipmen Store Hours
Rick Campbell Book Signing at the Mid Store
Visitor Center Hours
Museum Hours
Noon Meal Formation
Herndon planning session - Chick & Ruth's or wherever the wind blows us
Reunion Registration Check-in Westin Hotel
Reunion Kick-Off Party (Cash Bar) at Fado’s Pub
Herndon final planning session - We CLIMB!

Don’t forget to check-in at the Westin and pick up your reunion gedunk!

If you haven’t checked out the shuttle schedule, you can find it here:  Reunion Bus Shuttle Schedule.

For those of you interested in picking up Rick Campbell’s novels (Trident Deception and Empire Rising) and get the copies signed, here is his book signing schedule at the Mid Store:

  • Thursday – 8-4
  • Friday – 8-3
  • Saturday – 8-12

Stop by and say hello, bring your personal copies of the books and get them autographed!  They are a fantastic read!

Remember, Rick is donating the royalties from books sold at the Mid Store this weekend and those bought by classmates at any time to our class fund to defray the reunion cost of our fallen classmates’ widows.

Please send me an email with the books you bought, where, and format.  I’ll be keeping the tally and passing it on to RIck and Bob Smith.

EMAIL Blast Sent 9/29/2015


We are now counting hours until our reunion and I want to pass along a few updates. I, unfortunately, can control most things with our reunion weekend except the weather. We are now watching and making plans to deal with the incoming weather that is being driven by tropical storm Joaquin. I ask all of you to WATCH THE FORECASTS up until you depart. Plan now to wear appropriate clothing and appropriate footwear for the tailgate and for your tours of the yard. It is fall football weather and we always took a chance of this and so now we are reacting to it. Bring umbrellas and rain proof jackets and patience as we do our best to mitigate this and weather proof our tailgate. I am adding tents and extra TV’s and straw. The good news, the food will still be great, the beer will always be cold and our great Navy Team plays better in water because that is what we do best at Navy (Deep Water Ops). Seriously, the large part of our weekend is under cover and we are working now to get even more of it under cover. Come ready to dodge the rain drops and I am betting I will sell out of my extra Class of ’85 Umbrellas that are for sale.

More good news:

One of our classmates – Rick Campbell – retired from the Navy and took up writing, signing a 2 book deal (which has been extended to a 4 book deal) with Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press for his novel The Trident Deception, which was hailed by Booklist as “The best submarine novel since Tom Clancy’s classic – The Hunt for Red October.” His first two books were Barnes & Noble Top-20 bestsellers and both are ranked in the Top-10 for submarine thrillers on Amazon out of 400+ submarine novels, based on customer reviews. He’ll be signing books at the Midshipmen store reunion weekend, and will donate all royalties from books sold at the Midshipmen Store or bought on-line from classmates to our class fund, to help defray the cost of paying for widowed spouses to attend the reunion. If you get a chance, stop by the Midshipmen Store to pick up a signed copy of either The Trident Deception or Empire Rising (or both!), or order on-line and send me an email, letting me know what format you bought (paperback, hardcover, eBook, or audiobook). This is a great way to help out a classmate, help cover the costs for widowed spouses, and you’ll end up with a great book or two. I’ve read his first book, and it was fantastic – you won’t be disappointed!

Also, we are putting together some really nice packages to raffle off for Charity this weekend. We are partnering with Luke’s Wings to support the “No Wounded Soldier Alone for Christmas” drive. I have obtained a few Army/Navy Tickets, we have a few extra special edition Woodford Reserve Bottles, I have some nice Class store items and I even have a package that is 4 hours of free shuttle service for a night out in Annapolis from Annapolis Bus Co. We will sell tickets at all events and at reunion registration so bring some extra cash and take a chance to win one of our fun raffle packages.  (more…)

Well many of you already know Rick Campbell but if you haven’t, the reunion is the time! Scuttlebutt is Rick will be holding a book signing all weekend at the Midstore. Bring your copies of his novels or purchase them there and get his John Hancock. Maybe some day they may be worth a lot of money (remember to donate those proceeds back to the class treasury!).


Seriously, you like Tom Clancy and haven’t read Rick’s novels yet, there’s no time like the present!

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