Wednesday – Fun With The Hero of “Collateral Damage”

Collateral Damage
Released: December 14, 2010

Collateral Damage’s Hero

I was once asked what I liked in a hero and after thinking about it for about half a second, I came up with what I call the St. Giles litmus test for heroes, or in this case the J.L. Saint’s 4H litmus test for heroes.

Heroes have to be HARD, HOT, HEROIC, and a HELL-UVA-LOT. Say what? Before your mind goes wildly running were we dare not tread on a public forum, let me explain.

Alex O'LoughlinWhat do I mean by HARD? Hmm. Let’s take a look at Steve McGarrett played by the O’So Sexy, Alex O’Loughlin on Hawaii Five-O. Steve and the hero from Collateral Damage, Jack Hunter, have more than their appearance in common. HARD means the man is strong enough to stand against the danger threatening the world around him. Not just physically strong, but mentally, and emotionally, too. Steve McGarrett and Jack Hunter take on whatever challenge is thrown their way. Sort of like our military heroes and heroines who lay their life on the line every day.

What do I mean by HOT? Well, besides the obvious of being physically attractive which doesn’t necessarily mean Hollywood Perfection. It means the whole well-groomed, educated, humorous, respectful, package. A man who is confident enough in his own skin he doesn’t put others down but builds them up. Do you see this aspect in the fictional characters of Steve and Jack? It shows in the little things they do.

HEROIC? This reaches into the heart of the hero. What motivates him? Which choices he makes at the crucial moments. Steve from Five-O and Jack repeatedly lay everything on the line to do what has to be done to protect others They do it without question and they do without expectation. It is who they are to the core of their beings.

HELL-UVA-LOT? Well, isn’t that what it takes? Doesn’t it take a hell-uva-lot of man to go all the way to the wall to get the job done? Call it guts, call it courage, call it kahunas, it doesn’t matter but Jack and Steve have got what it takes. And doesn’t it take a hell-uva-lot of man to be gentle and to know how to truly love? Doesn’t it take a hell-uva-lot of man to show his vulnerability, too?

So there you have it. All of my reasons for choosing Alex O’Loughlin’s character Steve McGarrett as being most like Collateral Damage’s hero Jack Hunter. Read a brief excerpt of how Lauren Collins describes Jack Hunter and see who would you choose among the men in the slide show below? Then go to J.L.’s website and you can do the same thing for each of Jenni’s heroes.

Jack Hunter as described by Lauren Collins

Quietly she slipped the chain on and cracked the door open. She was in no mood to be polite. “I’m sorry. I’m not interested in anything you might be selling. There is a no solicitation ordinance in this neighborhood, so I suggest you leave before I call the police.”

“Lauren Collins?” The man faced her and arched an amused brow over his sharply intent green gaze.

Rough didn’t even begin to describe the man’s hard edge, or reveal the almost frightening freshness of the reddened scar on his right temple. His physique and square jaw cut a determined line as did his buzzed black hair and stiff bearing. Military, she thought, immediately reminded of her brother’s demeanor. Her breath caught with hope and trepidation that he was a friend of Jason’s with news.

“I’m Lauren,” she whispered.

“I realize this is a difficult time, but I need to speak with you about your deceased husband, Bill Collins. My name is Jack Hunter. I’m stationed at Fort Bragg.” He slipped a business card into the door crack.

Their fingers touched when she took the card and she practically jerked away from the heat that shot up her arm and flushed her face. The man narrowed his gaze at her, intensifying the green of his eyes. His look was almost suspicious.

She blinked and directed her focus to his card. Sergeant First Class meant the man had about twenty years of experience under his belt. Though he wore jeans and a black polo shirt that hugged well-honed muscle and not an official uniform, his boots were the kind a military man preferred.


You will be entered to win an electronic copy of Collateral Damage if you comment here and/or on my website and tell me YOUR choice from the actors in the slide show for Jack Hunter.

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  1. Hmmm… Well Matthew Fox is always at the top of my list — for any reason. But after watching him on Lost for years, he just seems to moody and damaged to be Jack Hunter. Gerard Butler is pretty awesome, but I think you were right to choose Alex. He’s the perfect fit — smart, strong and courageous.

    BTW, I now I can’t enter, but just wanted to stop by and say hello! 🙂

  2. Alex is totally yummy! I think he’d be great.
    I’ve liked him since his short lived series Moonlight…why do they always cancel the shows I like and keep adding more and more reality crap? just askin:)
    I love the book btw Jenny! Love it!!

    Tamara LeBlanc

  3. Oh, darn, I meant to mention Ackles…I love him too! But I’m such a Supernatural groupie, and I love Dean Winchester’s character sooo much, I wouldnt want to see him in Collateral Damage as Jack.
    Playing other roles would be great for Ackles, but I’d miss him as Dean

  4. Well, if we were suppose to pick hunks for the day…mine would be the same everyday…Gerard Butler (though I love Alex too….Gerry is definitely #1 in my book! 🙂

  5. Well, if we were suppose to pick hunks for the day…mine would be the same everyday…Gerard Butler (though I love Alex too….Gerry is definitely #1 in my book! 🙂

    • LOL Welcome back Irish. Gerard is OMG as well. I have to confess that I write my list of to-die-fors horizontally and not vertically. That way I can have more than one at the top. You’ll find Gerard on my website in the line up for a number of the heroes of my books. Those that stand out in my mind are Sean and Alex Killdaren, from Midnight Secrets that will be re-released come April, Jared from Touch a Dark, and Sam Sheridan from Kiss of Darkness…

  6. Well, if we were suppose to pick hunks for the day…mine would be the same everyday…Gerard Butler (though I love Alex too….Gerry is definitely #1 in my book! 🙂

  7. Oh I don’t even have to think twice….yes I do… it’s between Gerry and Alex…..Oh man this is a toughie! I actually think that Alex fits the bill the best so that’s who I vote for!


    • Too funny Frannie. Definitely a hard choice. Then again when Machine Gun Preacher comes out….
      Yep this candy store is pure torture.. Can I have more than one treat… Yep I think I will envision all of my books being turned into film and I get to pick the hero for each one.
      There, problem solved

  8. I was all for Alex, but then you had to throw in Gerry with the Terry Sheridan photo. I am an Alex fan, but an even bigger Gerry fan and Gerry is just as you described and more!

    • Oh dear the night is over the candy store closed and Alex and Gerry are running neck and neck to play Jack Hunter in the Collateral Damage Movie. What’s next? Thank you ladies for lots of fun! Good night

  9. I am a new convert to Alex. And like all new converts, I am definitely zealous! I’d watch this man in anything! I hear he plays a mean villain too so I’ll have to look for those movies.

  10. Well, if given the option, I ALWAYS try to put a “buzz cut” Gerard Butler into my mind’s eye. And, having read this great book, an athletic “Terry Sheridan” works quite nicely! LOL


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