Dysfunction, dreams, warfare, murder, the thirst for love. The Cruel Life is one man's search for meaning amid the turmoil of modern life. From the suburbs of New Jersey to armed combat in the jungles of foreign lands, The Cruel Life asks the big questions in a manner that is at once dramatic, compelling, entertaining, and scathingly funny. Main Character Rick Colletti's had a hard life; born to a family of neurotics, plagued by learning disabilities, uncertain of his desires, and at war with the creative genius inside himself, he struggles mightily through small triumphs and major tragedies, through warfare, natural disasters and a host of deadly adversaries, to make sense of it all and turn the weight of his lifes' experience into something that will positively transform him. Like a rollercoaster making periodic stops at oases' of the spirit, The Cruel Life is a white-knuckle ride through life and death, despair and joy, hell and hilarity. Dynamic, engaging, harrowing, yet consistently comical, Rick Collettis' adventures redefine modern fiction while delivering fully the satisfaction of classic story telling.