Book of the Week | Jungle Rules by Paul Shemella

by | Oct 3, 2019 | Book of the Week | 2 comments

How can one man protect all that he holds dear while living a dangerous life as a mercenary? Paul Shemella’s Jungle Rules is both electrifying and gripping. An action-packed novel unlike we’ve ever read in recent years.

Jungle Rules is book one of The Jungle Rules Trilogy by Paul Shemella. Jungle Rules tells the story of a mercenary named Carl Malinowski. In the book, Carl is having a midlife crisis after his recent mission in Colombia. After his team pulled up a risky mission to capture Colombia’s top drug lord, Carl is thinking of finally giving up his military life and ride off to the sunset with his Gabriele, the woman he loves.

Carl’s plan to live a more serene life is thrown into a downward spiral when the jungle kidnapping exposes Carl’s two separate identities to collide. The violent life he has led all these years threatens to destroy all the things he painstakingly sheltered including Gabriele. Carl Malinowski is now a man torn between a life of violence and a peaceful one with the woman he holds most dear.

Recently, we have seen action novels paying tribute to legends Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. Works like Jack Reacher by Lee Child, Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter, Clean Kill by Jack Coughlin, and Storm Rising by Ronnie Kendig have gained good reviews. But what Paul Shemella’s Jungle Rules offers though, is a different read. It is like leafing through the pages of Tom Clancy’s early works while imagining John Rambo with the relentless of Ludlum’s Bourne. Simply put, Jungle Rules are both cunning and masterfully action-packed. It is a breath of exciting fresh air, enough for us to merit Paul Shemella’s work with the Book of the Week distinction. It is a must-read for all classic action novel fans.

Author Background

Author Paul Shemella is a career Navy SEAL. During his career in the navy, he took part in various Special Operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, as well as in other regions.

Retired navy captain Paul Shemella attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as a Senior Fellow in National Security. He also holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. Since 1998, Paul has been actively working with the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR). He is the current Program Manager of CCMR Africa. Some of his CCMR efforts include having developed and managed programs aimed at Combating Terrorism and Maritime Violence.

Aside from his military career, Captain Paul Shemella is also a writer of academic books. He designed and facilitated seminars and workshops on civil-military responses to national threats all over the world. Shemella has published relevant books on terrorism, maritime security, and African governance apart from the countless lecture on these topics.

Retired in 1996, Navy Captain Paul Shemella spends his time writing his thriller trilogy. He lives with his wife in Carmel Valley, California.


  1. Miya

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a book this thrilling.

  2. Kenneth

    Yeah, Jungle Rules really served a great storyline that should be read by everyone!


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