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Tears in Tripoli: A Jake Collins Novel (Jake Collins Novels Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul A. Rice
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Tears in Tripoli - is an action-packed tale featuring a man named Jake Collins.

Jake is ex-military, and having left the forces now earns his money in providing security services to all manner of international clients. 'JC', as he's known, is a rough diamond and doesn't mind getting his hands dirty. He doesn't mind a beer or two, either - perhaps once too often.

Providing security for international media teams is old-hat for Jake Collins. He's been there and he's done that. However, his latest little jaunt, one that sees him travelling right into the heart of Libya, soon turns out to be the trip of a lifetime.

The day after Jake arrives in Libya, the rebel assault upon the heart of Tripoli begins. The destruction of Colonel Gadaffi's compound, a giant, walled village in the heart of the troubled city, is the Rebels' only goal, and they will not be stopped.

Jake soon finds himself in the thick of the fighting, racing through the war-torn streets of Tripoli with a camera crew under the gaze of his watchful eye.

It's never easy trying to stay alive in a world ripped apart by revolution and madness, especially when some of Jake's crew seem absolutely determined to get themselves killed.

Finding himself surrounded by death and love, sadness and joy, it seems to JC that there are enough tears in Tripoli for a man to drown in. Jake Collins doesn't do tears, and he's not that keen on drowning, either. No, all he needs to do is stay focussed on the task at hand and do his level best to get the crew out of Libya, alive.

Unfortunately for Jake, fate has a nasty way of complicating things...

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    About the Author

    Paul A. Rice has several books in publication.

    Tears in Tripoli is the first Jake Collins novel.

    Its sequel - Dangerous Games - is now in publication and is available worldwide in both its paperback and eBook editions, the latter being only available from the Amazon Kindle store.

    Paul A. Rice is also the author of Hunters - A Trilogy.
    'Hunters' is an action-packed tale containing three books under one cover.

    For more information about the author, and his books, please visit his website:

    You can also follow Paul on Twitter @riceauthor

    Product Details

    • File Size: 560 KB
    • Print Length: 213 pages
    • Publisher: Publishing - Arts Council funded (March 4, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007H9PCPA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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    A gritty and exciting look at what happens just beyond the camera's lens in the world's hotspots, "Tears in Tripoli" by Paul Rice (@riceauthor) introduces Jake Collins, an ex-British Special Forces soldier working as a security consultant.

    Jake, or JC as he is known, is as tough as an old leather belt -- physically and emotionally. But his latest job, protecting a television news crew in Tripoli during the upheaval surrounding the final days of Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya, will test the old soldier's abilities in ways that he hasn't seen before -- at least not for a very long time.

    I greatly enjoyed following JC as he traveled into, around and then out of Libya, and getting a peak at what happens just to the right or left of the news correspondent doing a stand-up report from some war-torn hellhole on my TV screen. As someone who spent a lot of his military career just a few degrees to one side or the other of some fairly big events, I know what the public sees or hears is only a fraction of the real story.

    I found JC to be entirely believable. He isn't a superhero and he certainly isn't perfect -- drinks much too much, smokes, and his equipment conks out with annoying frequency -- but he also doesn't make any excuses for what he is, or have any illusions about his life changing. He's tried living a "normal" life, giving up living on cigarettes, energy bars and bottled water while sleeping in the dirt, but somehow JC always ends up back on an airplane heading towards the fire.

    All of that could change for him in Tripoli, where the situation is confused and confusing.

    But don't pick "Tears" up expecting a written version of the latest big-budget Hollywood action flick.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced entertaining read! Recommended! December 11, 2012
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    It's obvious to see that the author has personal experience in this area of the world, because although it is a tale of fiction, it also has elements about it that feel non-fiction. The characters are well developed and (for the most part) likeable. One particular character I despised, as would 99% of readers, so Rice's characters are rounded and realistic.

    I really enjoyed this adventure and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a well written, fast paced action/adventure story.
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    6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book June 15, 2012
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    Jake Collins was orphaned young and entered the military young. Ex-SAS, he now makes his living subcontracting his protective services to personnel in dangerous areas. In this book, he's been hired to protect a journalist called Andy going to Libya during the 2011 revolution. "Andy" turns out to be Andi, a blue-eyed blonde knockout he'd spied in an airport earlier. Jake is part of a two man protection team for Andi and her crew, which includes Gino, who happily endangers everyone around him for his own gains. This was a well written, fast paced book set in the midst of a recent historic event; I'd recommend it to anyone.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pace, action, and more heart than a donner kebab August 29, 2012
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    After reading Parallel - The Awakening by Paul A Rice, I really didn't see how he could top the book. I had my reservations also when I noticed the tagline "A Jake Collins Novel" thinking "Oh Christ, not another book written and intended as a series." I always find books written as a trilogy (or whatever) short of pace, character development and any real action; the authors seem to hold back on their initial books to save the really big scenes and reveals for the last act.

    I'm glad to say, once more, that Paul has surprised and delighted me with the standard of his writing. This annoyingly talented writer has taken everything that made Parallel great, the dialogue, the pace, great characterisation, really engaging and descriptive action scenes, and most of all a heart at its core, and amped them all for this book. Jake Collins is a hero in every sense of the word. Flawed and weak; strong and determined. A fighter in every sense of the word.

    In the past I've avoided this genre like the plague, but after following Paul's work for two books now, I'm a convert. When the writing's this good, there's no avoiding genre outside your comfort zone. Paul has plenty left to offer in terms of stories for JC and at the rate this guy's writing is progressing the next book is shaping up to be something a little bit more special again...

    How annoying is that?
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Tense, twisty, and well written August 25, 2013
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    This novel introduces us to Jake Collins, who is best described as soldier of fortune - although in reality he's a member of a private security firm. The twists, turns, and realizations that Jake deals with during his few days in Libya during the "Arab Spring" make one feel that they were there observing history being made. Definitely a page turner, the author (Paul Rice) does not disappoint.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done December 31, 2013
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    I enjoyed this book in spite of some of the English terms that I didn't recognize. It was thrilling and leads you nicely into the next novel. I hope that it is as good as this one.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling June 10, 2013
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    Action packed and hard to put down. Characters are sketched with just a few well chosen words that leads the reader to feel they know this person. With so many participants from such diverse cultural and moral backgrounds this could have made the storyline difficult to follow but no, the author has done a brilliant job and. Italy just flows. The understanding and knowledge of the political and diplomatic twists and turns is top notch. A great yarn and highly believable.
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    Paul A. Rice

    I was born in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) to English parents. I spent the majority of my early days at various boarding schools there, before returning to the UK in 1975. Since then I have lived in many different places throughout the world - at present I live in the sunny climes of southern Spain. My favourite passions are, amongst many others, writing and motorcycles, specifically racing motorcycles.

    When I was young, I was brought up on books - there wasn't much TV in those days in Africa - and I still think about all the books I read back then. I loved reading, devouring everything I could get my hands on. I enjoy Stephen King's works, and the 'Dark Tower' series is probably my favourite read of all time. I was also an avid James Herbert fan. RIP, James, and thanks for the great stories - they were part of my life.

    These days I seem to write more than I read, and if I'm not writing then I'm thinking about writing. I consider my life experience to be the source of my inspiration, my qualification, if you will, and I call upon all the ghosts of my yesterdays to help me when I write.

    I'm an ex-military man, and whilst I served, and also since leaving the forces, I have had the opportunity to visit many amazing countries. I spent the majority of 2011 in Libya - it was a big year for the people of that country and I was fortunate enough to witness some major events unfolding whilst I was there. Being there when the rebels burst into Gadaffi's compound was quite something else...

    The experiences I gained on that trip gave me the inspiration for Tears in Tripoli - A Jake Collins Novel.

    Jake's second tale, Dangerous Games, is now available worldwide in paperback and in its eBook edition from the Amazon Kindle store.

    I have also written a trilogy called 'Hunters'. This is an action-packed thriller with a touch of the unworldly weaved into its page-turning plot.

    I have a website where you can read more about me and my books.

    The address is:

    You can follow me on Twitter: @riceauthor

    If you do read one of my books then I'd really appreciate it if you could leave a review so that others may see your thoughts.

    All the best!

    PAR - 05 Jan 2014

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