Sentinels Book 12: Selfless Valor

This book is dedicated to the 38 who lost their lives in the Chinook helicopter crash in the Tangi Valley at Wardak Province, Afghanistan on August 7, 2011. Twenty-two of those were members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six). Fair winds and following seas.

Sentinels 12: Selfless Valor
Written: 2010 to 2012
Released: May 2012

Nasa tuktok ng listahan ng mga pangarap ni Lieutenant Junior Grade John Herrera ang mahalikan si Laurel Mackenzie. Pero hindi niya inasahang magkakatotoo iyon. At dahil hindi siya iyong tipo ng tao na nagpapalampas ng oportunidad, niyakap niya ito at tinugon ang halik ng babae nang buong puso.

Siya ang pumigil sa dalaga nang maalala kung nasaan sila. Kesehodang manakit ang sikmura niya, alam niyang tamang tumigil silaβ€”for a thousand different reasons. Una, maaari silang mamataan ng rebeldeng nagmamasid sa tabing-ilog.

Ikalawa, subject niya ito. Anak ito ng admiral, apo ng Secretary of the Navy at subject niya. Subject niya, utang-na-loob!

Pangatlo at pinakaimportante, kahit gaano pa niya kagusto si Laurel, hinding-hindi siya mang-aagaw ng nobya ng may nobya…

TRIVIA:

* Because he is not American and is not in the US Navy, daddy John would have been allowed to join Navy SEAL training but he wouldn’t have been allowed the designation “US Navy SEAL”. Puwede kasi sumali ng BUD/S training ang isang marino ng allied country, pero hindi sila maaaring maging tunay na Navy SEAL. Sa kwento na ito, ginawa ko nang SEAL si daddy John kahit hindi siya US citizen at hindi pa nalilipat ng US Navy. Si Mac naman sa book 6 ay ipinanganak sa Amerika at isang American citizen kaya wala siyang problema sa pagsali sa Teams.

* I finished the novel even before I saw the Act of Valor movie. It would have been a great resource though. But I was really happy to find out that I got the details in my novel right when I finally did get to see the movie. I really wanted to wait to see Act of Valor before I finished the novel but couldn’t because I had a deadline.

* The scenes that I wrote are based on tactics that Navy SEALs use on actual missions which is why some of the scenes in my novel looks similar to the scenes in the movie. I read about those missions from news articles and accounts of ops that are not classified. Even the title “Selfless Valor” did not come from the movie.

* The scene where the SEAL team came out of the water in the middle of the jungle was inspired by the split second scene in Transformers 3 where the SEALs came out of the river in Chicago.

* This book beat Mac’s record for most versions. This has 11.

* The original version has five love scenes. I had to cut out three of those and rewrite one which ended up in the book. Sabi ng editor ko (Hi, Apple!), kung hindi ko lang daw gusto na kapareho ng cover ng Sentinels si daddy John, pasok na pasok daw siya pang Man I Desire.

* In one of the original versions, the jungle rescue scene took almost half the book. While it was insightful and important, I had to cut most of it because the book would have ended up almost three hundred pages long.

* Factual error: During a jump, operators are supposed to put their masks on 30 to 45 minutes prior to a jump. I erroneously made daddy’s team put their masks on right BEFORE the jump. So, I basically unknowingly gave them decompression sickness. Sorry Sentinels Platoon. Now I know.

* Chief Tom Riley, daddy John’s swim buddy, is Lt. Matt Riley’s father.

* Lt. Richard Hall ended up as Mac’s godfather.

* I had to delete another scene where Dady John returns from deployment and sees his family. Mac was four years old and decides he also wanted to wear the summer dress white uniform of the US Navy.

* This book’s original title was supposed to be “Selfless Honor”. For about two seconds. Until I figured that, based on the story, “Selfless Valor” would be a better title.

* The cover model is Mark Harmon who plays Gibbs on NCIS. I Googled his picture during the 1970’s and 80’s to see how he looks like when he was daddy John’s age when the story took place and saw this awesome picture. I screamed, squealed and danced around a bit. And when I sent it over to my editor, while I can’t see her screaming, squealing and dancing around, she told me that she said she thought it was exactly how she pictured daddy John. Even our artist, Jill (God bless her!) thinks he’s a cutie πŸ™‚

14 Responses to Sentinels Book 12: Selfless Valor

  1. sarahestal says:

    .. naiyak ako s kwento na toh kasi kawawa nMan c daddy john dito :))

  2. Elise says:

    Hehe ganoon kasi ang gusto ko sa kanya. Masaya kasi siya saka may pagka-lokoloko. Gusto ko pakita na kahit maloko siya, kapag magmahal naman siya eh tagos tagos sa buto hehe

  3. Diane Yu says:

    hay..since ng release nito Ms. Elise pang 4th time ko na inuulit basahin.. ang siste twing namimiss ko cla maguumpisa na nman ako kay Russ..haha! pra na kong loka loka.. so far matatapos ko na cla ulit. πŸ™‚

  4. Elise says:

    @ Diane: Aba! Baka mamaya sinusuka mo na sila! Hahaha gabe na. Sana talaga masimulan ko na. Miss ko na rin magsulat ng may sumasabog at may mga balang nagliliparan. Pero sana ibig sabihin ng break na ito sa Sentinels eh mas maayos ang masulat kong next books hehe Thanks, Diane! Gusto ko na tuloy magsulat ulit ng milrom nang bonggang bongga!

  5. Diane Yu says:

    naku ewan ko ba if not for u and Ms. Edith malay ko ba na may milrom stories ang MSV.. sobra akong nagtethank u at nahagip ng mata ko ng araw na yon c Cameron sa bookstore sya ang firstbook ko sayo and the rest is history ika nga hahaha!. Never got the chance to see u and Ms. Edith in person nung EBirthday nyo pero mahaba pa nman ang panahon.. hehe. I also love to read ur tweets with Ms. Edith. When u talk about Mac and Major Kyle nakangiti na lng ako feeling ko part ako ng kwentuhan nyo about ur boys. Sana magka After Dark ka din! and please continue inspiring and spreading love to ur readers lalo na sa mga misis na bagets na kagaya ko! thank you.

  6. freeverse34 says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book since, well, I’m a big fan of the Herreras. So when daddy Joe’s story came out I know I had to get a copy of daddy John’s book. Kumbaga if you want to appreciate and understand more yung characters ni Cam and Mac it is good to read about their parents.

    While reading Silent Honor, one of the most memorable parts for me was the time wherein daddy John was telling about their childhood to mommy Carmen and how challenging it was for them. Here in Selfless Valor, the most memorable was the confrontation scene between daddy John and General Herrera. In this scene, tears went down my face. I just really felt sorry for daddy John kasi kumbaga “third party” na nga siya with his relationship with mommy Laurel then ruthless pa ang treatment ni General sa kanya. Parang lagi siyang second best. Of course eventually things looked up for him especially in the love department or else Mac wouldn’t be born right? πŸ™‚

    I remembered making a comment na ang pagiging matchmaker ni Mac, although unintentional, he was able to get it from daddy John. I guess his great sense of duty (among other traits like being able to learn different languages fast), in my opinion, I think he was able to get it from mommy Laurel. I said this because it took some time before mommy Laurel had to courage to finally choose to be with daddy John. She stayed in the relationship with Lt. Hall out of duty – as a granddaughter.

    I enjoyed reading the book. It may have been an emotional roller coaster compared to daddy Joe’s but still a good read. The story was able to close the 1st arc of the Sentinels series. Yes, personally I call the first 12 books the 1st arc for the reason that in the first 12 books we see the team’s transition from being a security and investigative agency to being a government agency handling covert operations to being a combined joined task force. We get to read about how the boys are handling different missions which are more complicated than the ones they handled before. Daddy John’s book was able to close what I call the first arc because at the start we were able to read about Daddy Joe’s condition. For those who have read Rebel Mine, we know that Daddy Joe’s injury is a result of the team’s first combined joined task force mission. At the same time, daddy John’s book also provided a glimpse of possible future stories in the Sentinels series.

    Anyway, looking forward to Randall’s story and the other possible Sentinels like Johann, Donnie and Riley. It may be a long wait but I’m sure it will be worth it πŸ™‚

  7. Elise says:

    @ Diane: Naku, thank You kay Lord saka sa Universe! Akalain mong napansin mo si Cam? hihi sana I never disappoint you :”> Sayang nga hindi tayo nagkita! Pero marami pa namang chance to meet πŸ˜€ Mag-effort na lang tayo hehe And yes, may After Dark naman na ako kaya lang may mga nakapila pa so next year pa ‘yon hehe saka aayusin ko pa siya bilang may issue ako sa kanya hehe thank you so much for the inspiring words :*

  8. Elise says:

    @ Freeverse: Thank you thank you thank you for the review! What I love about your reviews is that they are so insightful! Napapansin mo ‘yung mga nuances na sinisingit namin. Personally, hindi ko naisip na mapapansin ng reader kung saan nakuha ni Mac ang aspect na ‘to ng personality niya, for example, and yet you point it out. Kita mo na! Pati ‘yong sense of duty saka right and wrong in spite of the fact na masakit sa kanya ang kailangan niya gawin, napansin mo na kay Mommy Laurel galing! I love that you are a very intelligent reader πŸ˜€ Kaunti pa lang kayo na na-encounter ko na ganyang mag-comment, na nakakapansin ng maliliit na detalye.

    So thank you for sharing your insights with us. Nakakatulong kasi talaga sila πŸ˜€ Thank you very, very much for you insights. Mwah!

  9. freeverse34 says:

    @ms. elise you’re welcome and i am grateful that you find my comments insightful. at least i’m not just blabbering (or shall i say typing?) nonsense hehehe. i do hope other readers/fans of the series also find the reviews/comments helpful. it’s all about sharing the joy of following the characters in their journey ika nga πŸ™‚

  10. edithjoaquin says:

    makiki-chenez lang ako ng comment.

    nasabi ko na ito and i’ll say it as many times as i want. i really really enjoy how @freeverse34 makes insights on stories and the characters. tama ka sweets, nakikita kasi ni Rose yung mga pangyayari behind the scenes. nabubuhay niya yung mga characters na hindi naa-alter ‘yung personalities. hindi niya nate-take for granted ‘yung nuances ng characters dahil lang excited siyang igiit ‘yung gusto niya makita kasi doon siya kikiligin. ala lang. Rose, super thanks! hehehe! πŸ™‚

  11. freeverse34 says:

    @ms. edith wow, thank you for the compliment πŸ™‚ as in speechless ako! i’m just really really grateful πŸ™‚

  12. Filipina says:

    Bakit pala wala man lang kambal na anak ang 2 kambal?….

  13. Elise says:

    Hehe hindi naman guarantee na porke may kakambal ang isang tao, kambal na rin ang anak niya eh πŸ™‚

  14. edithjoaquin says:

    pa-singit ng sagot. Ms. Filipina, i believe twins in the family skips generations. i have friends kasi na kambal pero ang parents nila walang kakambal and yung mga anak nila, hindi naman kambal. but their children have a high probability of producing twins. ayun po.

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