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Lucky In Cyprus: A True Story About A Teacher, A Boy, An Earthquake, Some Terrorists, And The Cia Paperback – November 6, 2008

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About the Author

Allan Cole is a best selling author, Hollywood screen writer and former newsman. The son of a CIA operative, he was raised in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. His books include the landmark SF series, Sten, the Timura Trilogy, and the Vietnam classic, A Reckoning For Kings. He has sold more than 150 hours of television, ranging from Quincy, to Magnum, P.I. to Walker, Texas Ranger.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440429162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440429163
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,409,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wasn't prepared for the emotions this book generated. I knew it was non-fiction and expected it to read as a autobiography. It doesn't. I suspect it's because Mr. Cole needed to tell the story at arm's length. After reading this book, I understand why. Mr. Cole as Lucky swept me along on an adventure of a lifetime.

First, let me say as an army brat I've always felt I was well-traveled. Next to Allan Cole's life on Cyprus, I'm a babe in the woods. He invites us in to his life for the time he lived in Cyprus. As I read the book, I actually walked the streets of Cyprus with him. I tasted and smelled the food, the city, the mountains he climbed, and crushed nettles beneath his feet. I hurt for him when he attended the English school and was betrayed by a friend.

Yet through it all, Lucky loves life, has never met a stranger, and is filled with insatiable curiosity. I laughed with him and cried with him. I envied his life on Cyprus and loved his teacher Jim. Through Lucky, Jim's quiet wisdom also taught me a number of things. This book is one of those rare reads that I will return to annually and experience something new with each reading. And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to go to Cyprus myself.
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Lucky Cole, the son of a CIA operative in the early years of the Cold War, spends a couple of his teenaged years living on the island of Cyprus when it was still a British colony. In that short space of time, he experiences the terrors of having an alcoholic father who is an ugly, violent drunk, an earthquake that levels the village around him, the brutality of being an Irish-American Catholic in a British boys' school, the loss of young love, a life-threatening illness and the deadly consequences of an independence movement.

But he also falls under the influence of an exceptional private tutor who introduces him to world history and an open mind with a decidedly Cypriot slant, two lovely young girls with whom he falls in love, and the revelation that good people are all around him, whether Greek or Turkish, Orthodox or Muslim or Anglican. He comes to Cyprus a child and leaves a young man.

This is a memoir, but so personal to the author that he needed to write it in the third person to fully express his emotions. While dramatic and touching and sometimes sad, it is also full of episodes that have you laughing out loud, including a kerosene-addicted toddler, adventures with young British soldiers, meeting Cypriot artisans who claim direct lineage with some of Greek history's greatest thinkers, haggling with a Turkish camel driver. Most central to the story is his relationship with Jim, the college-educated, politically involved bicycle shop owner who tutors Lucky, but also mentors him as his family can't, in gaining a wider world view.

Allan Cole, who is a novelist, screenwriter and former reporter really knows how to tell a story to keep a reader emotionally involved. This memoir reads like a novel is many ways.
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Allan Cole is one of those people whose most devoted fans have never heard of him.

He's a screenwriter -- how many of you walk out of the theater before the credits finish? How many of you fast-forward through TV credits? You never notice your very most favorite films and TV episodes had an Allan Cole touch on them somewhere.

Thankfully, Allan Cole has also written a whole bunch of novels -- search for him on Amazon and IMDB.com and connect up the dots between various things you've always loved but could never find more of.

This non-fiction book, LUCKY IN CYPRUS reads like fiction. But like Cole's blog about being a Hollywood Screenwriter allan-cole.blogspot.com it's reality sprinkled with fairy dust so you think it's fiction. A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down! We should all look at our lives from this kind of angle. Life is an adventure -- LIVE it! Learn how to do that by reading this book.

That's what Lucky In Cyprus is about -- how to live real life as an adventure. Misery is an attitude. So is happiness. These states of mind are not caused by the actions or miseries of other people. You have a choice for how to "frame" your life -- just as a director has a choice of where to put his camera to show the audience what the actors are doing.

BTW "Lucky" is Allan Cole's boyhood nickname, and he spent a couple years in Cyprus as a CIA dependent -- which accounts for the title. Now read about him, then read what he has to show you about how to be a child in spite of what adults are doing.
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In this action packed, vividly described, and sometimes scary memoir, Allan Cole offers brave insights not normally given. The experiences and eccentricities of his childhood are interesting and well written (good material for a film maybe).

As frequent and seasoned travelers, Lucky (author) and his restless CIA family transport us to faraway destinations and whet our appetites for more.

It’s a long book (465 pages) but a worthwhile one. Allan Cole - novelist, screenwriter and former reporter certainly knows how to tell a story. This book is a rare read, and requires more publicity/a wider readership.

Well done Allan and a well deserved 5 stars.
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