In for a penny …
My original plan, at the suggestion of my editor, was to submit Montagnard to Kirkus Reviews; which I did. A few days later, I got an email from Katerina at Kirkus, suggesting that, since Montagnard was a sequel, I should let them also review Serpents Underfoot so they would have a better picture of the story as well as me as an author.
While it made sense, anyone who has looked into Kirkus knows that 1) they are brutally honest, and 2) they are expensive. That is because they are the gold standard for book reviews and a good review from Kirkus can open doors and reach a large number of influencers like publishers, agents, foreign publishers, film executives, librarians, and booksellers.
I was hesitant because, while I know Serpents Underfoot is a pretty darn good read (its gotten lots of good reviews), it was also self-edited, and I was sure I would get raked over the coals. It seems, though, that this was not to be the case! Anyway, to make a long story short, I ponied up to have Serpents Underfoot reviewed as well. That was on June 16th. I received the “review completed” notification email today!
Here are a few excerpts …
Resonant characters propel this consistently gripping terrorist tale.
In this debut thriller, a Navy SEAL tries to uncover a terrorist plot.
… Gilbert’s action-oriented tale is dense with characters and personal histories … myriad subplots and backstories are often enthralling.
… All of the story characters are well developed, producing genuine shocks when certain individuals die. The author writes in an unadorned
prose that keeps the plot moving at a steady beat.
… the finale is … exhilarating.Kirkus
Combine this with the Literary Titan August 2020 Gold Book Award notification on August 3rd, and my feet may not touch the ground for the rest of the week!
Anyone who would like to, can read the full Kirkus review by clicking here!
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And if you have read Serpents Underfoot, check out its sequel, Montagnard, on Amazon.com! It’s even better!