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Serpents Underfoot by D.C. Gilbert

CreateSpace Publishing Platform, LLC
$19.99, hardcover / $9.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ASIN: 1541240332
September, 2017
Fiction: Thriller
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"Tokumura selected four black belts at random from the group and directed them to form a rough circle around JD. “Now we shall see how well you have come to understand the Kenpo Gokui and the Kata of our system.” Tokumura backed away and signaled the test to begin.

"JD began to control his breathing. The attacks that would come while not intended to injure, would certainly hurt if they landed. JD relaxed, his arms hung loosely at his sides, his weight rested gently on the balls of both feet. He softened his gaze and waited."

How can one man, even a dedicated servant of Allah, bring down an entire country? It would certainly take a great deal of planning and perseverance. Second, you would need an army of mujahidin … only the most dedicated servants of Allah. It would also take a great deal of money. Rahman Atta had that. He was worth billions. Last, it would take maniacal determination from a ruthless leader. A leader who would not accept failure from others … or from himself.

At least one member of JD Cordell’s family has fought in every conflict that the United States has been involved in as far back as the French and Indian War. This included his father, Curtis Cordell, who married the beautiful South Vietnamese woman who saved his life deep in the jungles of Vietnam.

JD grew up to believe that honor, loyalty and a devotion to duty went hand in hand with the skills and compassion he learned from his years of martial arts training. These things molded JD into the man he is and the accomplished Navy SEAL he has become.

While on a dangerous mission, JD’s SEAL team unexpectedly discover a plot being orchestrated by a terrorist 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 his friend is killed, assassinated by the terrorists, JD finds himself drawn still deeper into the sinister conspiracy. 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. Can he prevent a major terrorist strike which has the potential to destroy an entire way of life? JD’s honor will not allow him to simply walk away.

D.C. Gilbert was born in Ilion, New York, but grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. An avid reader, he particularly enjoys military history, epic sagas, spy novels and historical fiction. In addition to serving in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1983, Darren has over thirty-three years of martial arts training including managing his own martial arts school for twelve years. He has earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee and Western Governors University respectively. He is also a graduate of Executive Security International’s Executive Protection Program and is a Certified Protection Specialist. His new novel, Serpents Underfoot, is available from Darren currently lives in Cary with his German Shepherd, Sophie.

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