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Inspiration: The Story Behind Serpents Underfoot.

Why do authors write what they write?

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In discussions with some of my readers, the inspiration behind my military action thriller Serpents Underfoot comes up quite often. When I think about it, there are several factors that inspired me to write this novel.

While inspiration can certainly come from a lot of places, I will discuss what I think inspired me the most in writing this book, as well as what helped to shape how the story unfolds within the book’s pages.

In the battle between good and evil …

One point I would like to make before delving into the things that inspired me to write Serpents Underfoot, is that I believe good and evil are real and exist in this world. There are great many good men and women walking this planet. But, there are some evil men and women walking this planet as well.

What do I mean by “good?”

In my mind, it is important to never confuse a true character trait, such as being a good man or woman, with social skills. Social skills are things like charm, niceness, rapport, well-groomed, or personable. People use these social skills to achieve a result. But, they are tools people can turn on and off.

A character trait is something different. A character trait is deeply ingrained in who we are as a human being. It is part of our core belief system. There is a real difference.

For example, Jeffrey Dahmer could certainly be charming, nice, personable or well-groomed to get what he wanted; namely a new victim. He was not, however, what you would call a good man.

And, this matters because …

Sometimes, good men and women have to do things that are not nice. But they do them to protect the rest of us. They stand between the people they care about and the evil that exists in the world. It is their “code” that allows them to remain “good” while battling to protect the people and values they hold most dear.

My main protagonist in Serpents Underfoot, JD Cordell, is a U.S. Navy SEAL. His father is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. His grandfathers were veterans of WWII and Korea. Many of his ancestors fought to protect their country. JD’s mother is the daughter of an honorable and respected Vietnamese village leader butchered by the Viet Cong.

JD is a good man battling evil in the world because that is his job. And because for him, it is also a family tradition.

Inspiration from other authors

My love of reading certainly inspired me. First and foremost, I have always loved to read. I jokingly tell people that I could read before I could walk.

Second, I love books dealing with the struggle between good and evil; books that have a strong protagonist who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to go on and save the day.

Lastly, I firmly believe in many old-fashioned ideals that we seem to be in danger of losing in our society today. These ideals include things like honesty, integrity, truth, love, courage, honor, loyalty, and family. These are the ideals that define and create true heroes. And, these ideals, or lack there of, shape the actions of several of the characters in my book, Serpents Underfoot.

Inspiration from favorite books

It is because of this dynamic struggle between good and evil, and my respect for the men and women who are willing to put themselves between us and that evil, that I love books like Lone Survivor and American Sniper. Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle, whose stories are told in these books, are real people. And, they live by a code, a code based on the ideals mentioned above. That code helps makes them the men they are. And, it allows them to go bravely into the dark places of the world while still remaining “good men” at their core.

And, of course, there are events in my life …

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When I was a youngster, I wanted to be Batman when I grew up. Wouldn’t that be the greatest job ever? Imagine my disappointment in finding out I would probably never be rich enough to afford all those cool gadgets or a Bat Mobile! Obviously, I would have to do something else instead. Maybe James Bond?

Military service

Later, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the infantry for four years. I served with a mechanized infantry unit in Germany, a straight-leg infantry unit in South Korea, and the 101st Air Assault Division at Ft. Campbell, KY. During my time with the 101st, we deployed to Panama where I graduated from the Jungle Warfare School.

Martial Arts

Over the years, I developed a keen interest in the Martial Arts and studied Isshin-ryu Karate for over 35 years. I never had much interest in tournaments or sport karate, but focused on self-defense and personal combat techniques. I still train today and currently hold a 5th Degree Black Belt.

Additional inspiration …

In my early forties, I graduated from the Advanced Executive Protection Program offered by Executive Security International as a Level I Certified Protection Specialist. It was fantastic training and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The program delved into the psychology of VIP protection, legal issues surrounding VIP protection, security details, courtroom defensible self-defense techniques, and defensive firearms training.

All of these things helped inspire and shape the story that grew into Serpents Underfoot. I suspect that, on some level, there is a little bit of me patrolling through the jungles of Vietnam, snatching a wanted terrorist in the mountains of Afghanistan, or battling terrorist assassins invading my family home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I need to mention one final source of inspiration. That was my mother. My mother was a strong woman. She was independent, self-reliant, and had an indomitable spirit. She came from true Adirondack pioneer stock and was always ready for a new adventure.

While I did not plan it this way, several of the female characters in Serpents Underfoot evolved into very strong characters. JD’s mother, Mai, and Julie, who works for the CIA, both have a quiet strength that serves them very well in the situations in which they find themselves. Even Fatima, a deadly female Syrian assassin and cold-blooded killer, is a strong woman. But, unfortunately shaped by the environment in which she came of age. Perhaps that is why I get so many good reviews from women readers.

As I look at the America we now live in …

The last twenty or so years have ushered in some amazing changes in our society. Many have been good. However, some have not.

Ideals such as honor, integrity, honesty, family, loyalty, or just doing the right thing even when nobody is looking, often seem to be lacking in our current leadership. Certainly not all. But, with enough regularity that it has become alarming to me. These ideals predate even Christianity, going back to early Greek philosophy. They are the corner stones of western civilization and are essential elements of successful self-government.

Part of the inspiration for my writing this book was to fight back just a little bit by addressing some of these ideas through the events that unfold in a thrilling tale readers don’t want to put down. I wanted to remind people that good and evil do exist.

We all suffer from the condition of being human. Therefore, none of us are perfect. And, that comes out in the story as well. But I believe these values are very important to our identity as Americans and if we lose them, America as we know and love it, will cease to exist.

Edmund Burke once said, ”
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing!

I believe truer words have never been spoken.

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Happy Veterans Day Giveaway: Thank our veterans!

Kindle give away for Serpents Underfoot!

Happy Veterans Day! In honor of Veterans Day, the Kindle version of Serpents Underfoot will be available from Amazon.com for free on Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th. There are no gimmicks or requirements! However, if you were to enjoy the book and want to give me a review on Amazon, I would not strenuously object.
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A few Happy Veterans Day quotes:

I’m trying to raise the awareness of the troops that, when they deploy and go to war, it’s not just them at war – it’s also their family. Their family is having to go through all the hardships and the stresses. ~ Chis Kyle
The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us. ~ Tom Clancy
The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect. ~ Bill Frist

And, a few Happy Veterans Day cartoons!

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Gary Varvel, The Indianopolis Star, garyvarvel.com
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Dave Granlund, http://www.davegranlund.com
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Dave Granlund, davegranlund.com, politicalcartoons.com

On a more personal note:

We all need to give Veterans Day and our veterans the respect they deserve. Members of my family have served this nation going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Several of my best friends have been Vietnam Vets. This is not unique and I am sure there are many families like mine. People who love this country and are willing to write that blank check to serve and protect it. When you see a veteran … thank him, shake his hand, or even buy his lunch. He has certainly earned it!

Freedom … And Three Simple Steps to Something Free!

Freedom  And Sacrifice … And Thanks!

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Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway

Freedom is a wonderful thing, but it is certainly not free. Memorial Day is not a day to honor Veterans who are still here although we certainly appreciate it. Instead, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who give the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our Freedom. In honor of those who have made this sacrifice, I am giving away free Kindle versions of my book, Serpents Underfoot, over Memorial Day weekend. Starting at midnight tonight and ending midnight on Monday the 28th, the Kindle version of my book will be available to download for free.

A Great Read!

Serpents Underfoot floored me!

Serpents Underfoot is a thrilling, compelling, exciting mystery that will keep its readers hooked from the very beginning. The plot of Serpents Underfoot is thrilling and incredibly clever. Serpents Underfoot is different because at the heart of its story is genuine proudness and respect for the military.

~Red Headed Book Lover Blog

4.5 Out of Five Stars

This novel starts with the deep background story of Cordell’s father when he was serving in Viet Nam. It carries forward to JD Cordell’s SEAL Team and other major characters in the plot. Far more background is developed in this novel than you would normally find. I also liked that the characters are down to earth with no “over the top” scenes of heroic combat.

~ John’s Notes

You can read other reviews (10 Five Star) on Amazon.com or here on my website. There are no strings attached or gimmicks involved. However, if you download a free Kindle version of Serpents Underfoot, enjoy it,  and feel compelled to give me a review on Amazon, I will not complain!

So here are the three steps:

  1. Click on the Serpents Underfoot Link!
  2. Download the Kindle book!
  3. Enjoy!

Thank you recent Serpents Underfoot purchasers!

Thank you very much!

Wowsers!!! Whoever the two people were who were bought the Kindle version of Serpents Underfoot over the last two days … Thank You! Seeing that was a great way to start off my morning.  It is one thing to write a book. Something else entirely to have people actually read it and hopefully, enjoy it! Thank You Very Much!!! 😎

Should have the paperback version out in a week or two! Proof copies are due to arrive any day now. Already have several requests for autographed copies!  I plan to shortly thank youhave a link on this site to order autographed copies.

By the way, If you do read my book and enjoy it … Please take a few minutes to review my book on Amazon.com. I would really appreciate that. I have set an initial goal of achieving 50 positive ratings.

In addition, my book should be soon listed on Goodreads. I am working on that now.

Serpents Underfoot: A New Novel by DC Gilbert

Serpents Underfoot by DC Gilbert: The Count Down

DC Gilbert - Serpents UnderfootHello!  I am DC Gilbert. I have been editing my book, Serpents Underfoot, for weeks. I think my eyes are ready to go on strike. Finally, late last night I uploaded the interior PDF and the cover PDF at CreateSpace! I have gone through their review process and now await their review process to complete.  It is exciting!

I am sure that when I get a copy in my hands, I will find some typo I missed. It will jump off the page and hit me squarely between the eyes. But maybe not … I guess if that happens, I will just fix it and move on … a revised edition. After all, Serpents Underfoot is my first novel! I am sure there will be some newbie mistakes.

Meet JD Cordell and His Family

JD Cordell’s family paid in blood to make this country what it is … a land of the Free and the home of the Brave! JD’s family fought in every conflict that the United States has been involved in going back as far as the French and Indian War. This includes JD’s father, Curtis Cordell, who fought in Vietnam,  Curtis married the beautiful South Vietnamese woman who nursed him back to health in a Montagnard village while his was MIA deep in the jungles of Vietnam.

A U.S. Navy SEAL

JD grew up believing that honor, loyalty, devotion to duty, and compassion are part of being a man. This was reinforced with his years of training in Isshin-ryu Karate and Vovinam, a Vietnamese martial art, from his years of martial arts training. All this molded JD into the man he is and the accomplished Navy SEAL he has become.

While on a mission in Afghanistan, JD’s SEAL team unexpectedly discover a deadly terrorist plot being orchestrated by a radical mastermind living in Iran, which if successful, could spell disaster for the United States. Receiving a message from an old school friend who now works for the CIA, JD finds himself suddenly catapulted into the center of this sinister plot. When terrorists kill his friend, JD jumps feet first right into the action. In addition to working to avenge his friend’s death, JD uncovers a trail of treachery and betrayal that reaches from the mountains of Iran to the highest levels of the U.S. Government. What can JD do prevent a major terrorist strike which has the potential to destroy the entire American way of life? Read the book to find out … but, JD’s honor will not allow him to simply walk away.

 

I hope you will give my book a read. It will be available very soon now. And, if you like it … please give me a good review on Amazon.com.

Thank you, DC Gilbert

 

Coming Soon to Amazon.com

What Is A Patriot Warrior?

The Spirit of a Patriot Warrior!

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Do You Love Your Country?

Patriot Warriors are simply people who believe in the underlying principles that this great country was founded on; the “inalienable rights” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In todays America, there are some people who would deny the Creator simply so they can deny you your inalienable rights … because rights that merely emanate from men … in the form of a government … can easily and legally be taken away from you by another man or another government.

People tend to hold on tighter to rights they believe emanate from God … and are often willing to die to preserve them. Inalienable Rights cannot be legally or easily taken away for you by man or even a government!

These left-wing liberal/secular-progressive/socialists count on the fact that rights simply allowed you by other men, or by a government, are not often worth dying for.

There are some wealthy people in this country that simply do not want you to have “inalienable rights.” They want to be in charge, and to rule a socialist American patterned after that shining beacon of world liberalism, France … or maybe Sweden. They want to create a country where you and I know our place … and where they can lead the aristocratic lifestyle they long for … the lifestyle they imagine the old European aristocrats living.

And … of course they … and those Americans gullible enough to accept their liberal propaganda and mass media brainwashing, will deny such a devious plot exists. Put the proof is in their own words, the words of those like Sara Brady, George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others:

Sara Brady

Our main agenda is to have all guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn’t matter if you have to distort the facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.“
— Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control Inc, to Senator Howard Metzenbaum, The National Educator, January 1994, Page 3.

For more on the George Soros / Barack Obama connection, Click here to visit Road Sassy … a new favorite blog I discovered!

The hardcore socialist, Hillary Clinton wants to empower the government to take whatever it wants from you and give it to who ever it wants. It is very easy to see her leanings in the disastrous “HillaryCare” attempt (“It’s time to put the common good, the national interest, ahead of individuals”), and in her idea that the “village” (state) should raise the child.

Consider Hillary Clinton’s September 28 pitch to a Congressional Black Caucus symposium:

“I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they … have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that down payment on their first home.”

Given roughly 4 million annual births, Clinton’s proposal would cost taxpayers some $20 billion each year.

Hillary Clinton has said: “I am a fan of a lot of the social policies that you find in Europe.”

It is important, however, to remember that socialists always exempt themselves from the restrictions they place on others. And, whatever they allow you to have … they will have a whole lot more … after all, don’t they earn it by taking care of you? ……. and you will have NO SAY in the matter at all. You gave up that say when you gave up your rights, voted them into office, and asked them to take care of you because you are unable to act and think for yourself!

So what is a Patriot Warrior!

Zee spells it out nicely on her blog Road Sassy! I love this quote:

I’m an American. Even during my hippie days, it meant something to me. I’ve never had a problem with it. Apparently there are those in the world who do.I’ve never been a political animal, it always having been something I could comfortably ignore. Until now. My politics have become an ‘a la carte’ adventure, a mosaic still being created. I have much to study, much to learn. But here is what I do know. I am frigging American to the bone and, the greatest threat to western civilization that I have so far espied is the one who comes riding in on the Trojan Horse of Liberalism Progressives.

So, be warned. Hell hath no fury as a woman who has found her allegiance and rediscovered her country. I’m an American.

Zee

How does one become a Patriot Warrior?

Culture Warrior

Here is a warrior code I try to follow. I adapted from the Traditional Warrior code found in Bill O’Reilly’s book, Culture Warrior … and use it in my karate dojo as well:

A Traditional Warrior Code

  • Always keep your word.
  • Always be considerate of others.
  • See the world as it it really is, not as you wish it were.
  • Honor and defend your country.
  • Always make sound-judgments based on the facts.
  • Respect and defend the rights and property of others.
  • Cultivate real mental toughness.
  • Defend the weak and vulnerable.
  • Deal with all problems in a straightforward and honest manner.

Not a whole lot in that code that left-wing liberals, socialists, or secular-progressives even try to follow … is there?

How do patriot Warriors handle life in the modern world? Here are a few examples:

  1. Warriors handle rejection by being persistent and eventually forcing people to believe in them, not by whining and crying about discrimination!
  2. Warriors say no to unemployment by studying harder and increasing their qualifications until they find a great job, not by looking for a government handout!
  3. Warriors handle unexpected events by being flexible and able to adjust to changing situations, and not simply by screaming “unfair!”
  4. Warriors handle failure by learning from it and using it as a step on the road to success, not by quitting or crying to the government for more handouts!
  5. Warriors say no to depression and unwanted emotions by attempting to achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and working to master their emotions, not by going on a cowardly murder/suicide rampage and killing innocent people!
  6. Warriors handle life’s problems by challenging them and working at them until they are solved, not by going to the government for yet another handout!

Becoming a Patriot Warrior!

How can you become a patriot warrior?

First, understand that letting yourself be overcome by the any problems the world throws your way, or resigning yourself to your fate is just a choice. Your subconscious mind simply scans its available choices every time it faces a crisis and selects the best choice available.

Therefore, becoming a patriot warrior is no more than adding a new choice in that list so that your subconscious mind can choose it. This choice is to fight on instead of giving up in the face of pressure.

Another step is working on changing your self-image from a helpless victim style to a pro-active warrior style. For example, instead of thinking “why does this always happen to me … why do I always lose my job;” you could think, “OK, the economy is shifting … what do I need to do to be able to take advantage of the change?”

A third step is to stop listening to the left-wing media that specializes in airing only the bad news and promoting the anti-American secular-progressive, socialist agenda. At least listen to both side of the discussion and make a decision on your own!

Listening to that left-wing media crap all day long would make anybody feel helpless and desperate. Do you ever ask yourselves why there is absolutely no good news from Iraq on CNN, MSNBC, or CBS?

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I always wondered that myself!

To make a long story short, patriot warriors do have problems and troubled times, and they understand our country is not perfect … but they still choose to look life straight in the eye rather than choosing to be victims, … and they realize that though, America is indeed not perfect, it is still better vastly than any other country out there … including France and Sweden!

Have you become a patriot warrior yet?