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A. Jay Collins

A. Jay Collins has spent over twenty years preparing for his first novel. It became a labour of love, a commitment and a project wrapped up in one. Continually chiselling the characters, simplifying the plot, and more accurately describing the scenes only he would have seen during his own experiences, but tempering them with a lazy expression, he has presented a story that he could never truly finish in one novel.

Armed with a lifetime of travel and experiences in many places most may never visit, he weaves a web of interest and intrigue as the tale is told. This is a culmination of fragments of his experience woven together to provide authenticity to the narrative. The stories are fictional mixed with many facts.

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Book 1

The Golden Handcuffs

Book 2

Nazi Gold
Latitude 55

Book 3

Black Gold

Book 4

Viking Gold
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Short Stories? Easy.

Before I started to write novels, short stories seemed to be the right way to practice. If youcan’t do that, then what’s the point? So

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THE GOLDEN HANDCUFFS
J. Reid, Columnist
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"A brilliant read, filled with conspiracy, colorful characters, places and descriptions..."
BACK GOLD
Friesen Press, Editorial Comment
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"A thrilling tale that keeps the readers guessing, with a rich cast of characters. What a great job of building tension... this is a great read...”
NAZI GOLD LATITUDE 55
Friesen Press, Editorial Comment
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"This is a fascinating novel packed full of unique and interesting characters.."
THE GOLDEN HANDCUFFS
Jennifer Connolly, NJ Journal
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"Easy to read, exciting and moves right along..."
NAZI GOLD LATITUDE 55
Foreword Clarion, Review
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"This novel is as entertaining as it is familiar..."
THE GOLDEN HANDCUFFS
Angie Cohen and Rachel Stevens, Two of Us at Art
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"You can't help but be drawn in by the intrigue... a great story--we loved it ..."
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Have a question for me? Pop me a mail and I would love to get back to you. Read below to find out more what inspired my series of books and a little more about me.

I am not a person who has ever really recognized business skulduggery at the levels I have been involved in. I am told it does go on, but I don’t go looking for it, so I am not attuned to such things. The issues that were brought to my attention seemed trivial, and I left it to others to resolve. But, eventually, as I got out of the trenches and into the boardroom, some things just didn’t sit well for me. Clearly I had matured – or perhaps I had more time on my hands to reflect. Now, it was as though I was being unwittingly caught up in situations where decisions were being made that were clearly on the edge of illegality and, frankly, beyond my ability to properly decode at the time they were happening. But, I had seemed to come to that point where I recognized where that edge was, and it was from that point that I realised there were stories to be told. 

It was really my third book, Black Gold, that took the longest to write – over 40 years, based on circumstances that are dear to me – people I knew, circumstances I have been involved in – but,  I was too young to put it all together. 

Research has always been a passion for me. It’s something that my training as an engineer taught me. Research, research.research – and at the end of it, one realises that one’s knowledge is less than when one started. There are so many questions one has to ask oneself when to stop, write and carry on. The fact is, there are a lot of researchers, but not many can put the whole thing together as a comprehensive storyline that can teach as well as entertain. Thank God for the Micheners, the Wilbur Smiths, the Winchesters and so many great authors/teachers  of the world. I love them all and acknowledge I could never aspire to their greatness. 

It wasn’t until the second novel, Nazi Gold – Latitude 55, that I thought there could be a series. I am a bit embarrassed by the name of Matthew Black, since I had always thought of him as being Matt Black, but as time went on I thought this was a little ridiculous. So I stayed with Matthew Black and now I can’t change. I also don’t like the acronym ORB but, again, I don’t think I can change at this point. I think it’s really cheesy but at the same time it is what it does and what I intend it to do. ‘Change government, change industry, create a semblance of normality that doesn’t ripple the fabric ….blah, blah, blah.” 

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