Ruthie’s Reality – What Is It About Military Men? + Giveaway!
With the release of Along Came Trouble coming in just a week, I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts and thinking about different sorts of military heroes.
The hero of Along Came Trouble, Caleb Clark, is a charmer. A noncommissioned officer and fifteen-year veteran of the Military Police, he’s a hard worker, a caretaker, fond of wry humor and incapable of cutting himself a break if he hasn’t gotten the job done. He’s more G.I. Joe than Elite Fighting Machine — an ordinary guy who’s spent most of his life in service to the military and is ready, now, to take care of his family instead.
What I love about Caleb — and military heroes more generally — is not their physical strength or their tendency to be commanding. As I am constantly reminding my four-year-old son, I don’t like being ordered around, and if a man’s biceps get too big, I’m more likely to mock than swoon.
No, what I love is a military hero who’s been in enough dangerous situations and seen enough misery to understand that life is short and accordingly precious. At least in the realm of my imagination, this crucible creates men who know their own minds. When they know what they want, they go after it, and they don’t fritter away their time wondering if they should want it or not.
Caleb, my hero, knows almost from the moment he meets Ellen that he wants her in his life, and rather than question it, he just accepts it and goes for it. He’ll take things slow or fast, he’ll make a thousand compromises, but he won’t give up until he gets Ellen — and convinces Ellen that she wants him just as much.
Some early reviewers have called Caleb “patient” (with the implication that Ellen is the sort of woman who requires patience), but I think of him more as a man who knows his own mind and will do whatever it takes to get the job done — be that patience or insistence, holding the line or compromising. (Though he does take a few missteps along the way, of course. Who doesn’t?)
This quality isn’t limited to the military man, of course. It’s an element of our most attractive heroes. Can you think of other favorite heroes who have this sort of life-experience-derived certainty, whether military heroes or not?
I’ll give away one ebook copy of Along Came Trouble on release day, March 11, to a random commenter. Leave your comment by midnight CST on Thursday, March 9, and I’ll email the winner & post the winner’s name in the comments on Friday, March 10. Please include your email address in the body of the comment so I can contact you.