Tag: D.C. Gilbert

Kirkus Review: Serpents Underfoot

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!

Serpents Underfoot can be found at Amazon.com

Please will take a few minutes and check out some of my other blog posts by clicking here!

And if you have read Serpents Underfoot, check out its sequel, Montagnard, on Amazon.com! It’s even better!

Literary Titan: Montagnard

It must be shameless self-promotion week!

However, I can’t help it. My editor suggested I send Montagnard to Literary Titan, which while not yet as big as Kirkus, is fast becoming a leader in literary reviews and awards. So … I did.

And 45 days later, this was the result …

Here are a few highlights:

Montagnard has all the elements I look for in a good action-adventure story.

… This is where the novel really shines. JD Cordell is electrifying … I really enjoyed the depth of JD’s character.

The action in this novel is relentless and well detailed.

Literary Titan

If you would like to read the entire review, you can click here!


And I promise, my next post will not be a Montagnard promotion!

I hope you will take some time to check out some of my other “non-promotional” blog posts by clicking here! But, if you do enjoy reading a great action-adventure story, please consider checking out my new novel, Montagnard, on Amazon.com! It’s getting really great reviews.

Holy Moly! Got My First Five Star Review for Serpents Underfoot

First Five Star Review for Serpents Underfoot

Great Jumping Jehoshaphat!  I just got my first Five Star Review for the paperback version of Serpents Underfoot, which is identical to the Kindle versions, so I am claiming that it counts equally for both. Thank you to Lee Sassman for that awesome review. Much appreciated!! I have set a goal of getting 50 such reviews … so only 49 more to go!

Five Star ReviewAlso, for all you dog lovers out there … another hero in my book is a Belgian Malinois named Ajax. A SEAL Trident Warrior, of the four-legged variety. A K9. Ajax was originally supposed to be a German Shepherd like Sophie (my GSD). Doing the research, however, I discovered that, while German Shepherds are often used in the military, the SEALs preferred the Belgian Malinois.

They are very similar to the German Shepherd in attributes and abilities, but weigh in about 10 pounds less on average. I do see this could be a rather big factor when jumping out of an airplane or helicopter with a dog strapped to your chest! This picture clearly show the comparison. The GSD is definitely a heavier dog, but the are indeed very similar! I’m not sure I would want to have either one chomp down hard on the forearm and drag me to the ground. I can’t help but think that would hurt a lot!

So much to Sophie’s chagrin, Ajax became a Belgian Malinois.  I guess I will have to make that up to her somehow.  Maybe some extra special dog treats, a new squeaky ball, or a day at the lake!!

I think you should gat a copy! I hope you will!  It might even make a good gift for the holidays. And, help me get those last 49 good reviews! Currently available in paperback and Kindle.

Serpents Underfoot Update: Paperback Released & Kindle Updated

Serpents Underfoot Update: Paperback Available!

Serpents Underfoot UpdateA Serpents Underfoot Update! Well, it took a bit … but the paperback, along with the updated Kindle version, are both now available on Amazon.com. Looks like a few people have already ordered paperback copies and to those people I say, “Thank you very much!”  I hope anyone who reads this novel really  enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I think for a first crack at this author stuff, it went pretty well! And, if you do enjoy the book, please give it a positive review on Amazone.com.

Also, did you know that if you buy the paperback version, you can get the kindle version for only 99 cents!

Now, isn’t that just the most fantastic and amazing deal of a lifetime? I think so ….

I like the new cover, but did not have the option for the Red, White and Blue text with their cover designer. Guess sooner or later I will have to invest in Photoshop!  It is kind of fun doing this things yourself if you have the time and the means!

I will be scheduling book signings and other such events in the future. There is a mailing list sign-up on my Author’s Home Page. I do hate spam (not the kind in the can, I actually kind of like that), so I promise not to spam subscribers! However, I will let you know of upcoming events and new releases, etc. Also, I will try to figure out how to put some event calendar on my website as well.

Onward and upward!

This has been a real journey, a great deal of work, and I learned a great deal. I will finish the hardcover edition next! Then I will start on my next book project, but more about that later.