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In Tears and Blood

New Novel Tells the Fascinating Account of a Rebel Soldier in Liberia’s Civil Wars


Lawrenceville, NJ – (August 16, 2006) – A boy’s life in Liberia is shattered by a civil war that tears apart this West African country, his parents murdered before his very eyes. Driven by revenge, he joins a rebel army, becoming a refugee when the rebellion is defeated. Is it too late to reclaim the peace he once had as a boy? Follow his account in a story of undying hope in a world of unlimited horror in the intriguing novel In Tears and Blood by author Emmanuel Clarke.


This book is the first account of a soldier fighting in the Liberian civil wars. It is one of the very few books written about the strife in Liberia, a country of great Black American interest because of its history of being founded by former American slaves. Although it is fiction, In Tears and Blood was partly inspired by the author’s experiences while growing up in Liberia, West Africa. It contains a distinctive look at the racism within the black community – how different sects of Black Liberians persecute and hate other sects of Black Liberians.


Clarke is the first Liberian writer to masterfully craft the Liberian crisis into something that is both educationally entertaining and emotionally pulse pounding. This unique first-person account of a boy caught in a man’s war, portrays how the strife in Liberia has affected the moral fabric of this struggling country. Yet despite all this, hope and faith can still rise above terror and evil. Readers will be glued to the pages of this fascinating story and will even be left breathless long after reading this amazing novel.  


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About the Author

Born against the backdrop of war and civil strife in Liberia, Emmanuel Clarke fled to neighboring Sierre Leone, where he began his writing career in the late 1990s as a reporter for “Footprints’ newspaper in Freetown. In 1998, he came to the United States to join his mother who had emigrated to Hightstown, N.J., a few years earlier.  He continued to write short stories while pursuing a college degree, and ultimately earned an AAS in Computer Programming from Mercer County Community College and a BS in Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Currently residing in Lawrenceville, N.J., is employed as a management information systems coordinator for a company in Princeton, N.J., does business consulting in IT and is an adjunct professor at Mercer County Community College. In his free time he writes fiction and non-fiction and is choir director at a local Lutheran Church in Trenton, and has ghost written several short stories and memoirs.


In Tears and Blood * by Emmanuel Clarke

Growing Up With Rebels

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