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A Reign Supreme
     

A Reign Supreme

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by Richard Crystal
 

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When a copper deposit is discovered on the land of the Makenda tribe in eastern Kenya, a young king, Ule Samanga, is told to relocate his people to a refugee camp in Nairobi or risk imprisonment. When all appears lost, the young king discovers the existence of Curtis Jackson, a mysterious half-brother presently living in New York. Believing this unexpected news is

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When a copper deposit is discovered on the land of the Makenda tribe in eastern Kenya, a young king, Ule Samanga, is told to relocate his people to a refugee camp in Nairobi or risk imprisonment. When all appears lost, the young king discovers the existence of Curtis Jackson, a mysterious half-brother presently living in New York. Believing this unexpected news is an omen from the spirit of his ancestors, he eagerly seeks his help to save their sacred tribal homeland. A struggling mortgage broker and former jazz prodigy, Curtis initially has no interest in developing a relationship with his newly found African family. But when he’s presented with an intriguing business offer, he embarks on a journey to Africa that becomes a spiritual odyssey, changing him in ways he never imagined.

In this assured debut, Richard Crystal weaves a complex story of contemporary moral imperatives conceived during Obama’s victorious election as America’s first black President. But beyond the various political machinations, readers will find a heartwarming story infused with the strains of Coltrane, the history of jazz and the enduring power of family.

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“Mr. Crystal has fashioned a tale of virtue and vice in the modern world. It deals with corporate greed, the politics of today’s African economic scene and how they test the people who have to make their living in that environment. And it’s all backed by the mellow sounds of modern jazz. I’m sure it will intrigue all.”
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, legendary basketball star, author and jazz aficionado
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624670909
Publisher:
Premier Publishing
Publication date:
08/20/2013
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mr. Crystal has produced and written countless television shows and penned numerous screenplays for theatrical feature films in Hollywood.  He has sung and produced four pop/jazz albums performing the classic standards he first heard as a young boy growing up in a house filled with music. A Reign Supreme is his first novel, inspired by a trip to South Africa and Botswana on his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with his wife Fran.

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Reign Supreme 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: It was mediocre. Stereotypical, predictable, and unlikeable pretty much sum up the characters and plot in A Reign Supreme. He starts out with unique storyline. But you see the ending coming from about 5% into the book. From there you just have to see how it happens. The Americans in the novel are immature, brash, and immoral. They act more like bratty frat boys than international business professionals. And that was probably the biggest turn-off for me. The one bright spot is when Mr. Thornburg fires Michael Lassiter. But you have to stick it out to the end to enjoy it. Would I recommend it: No. Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot is good but the book is in need of careful editing. The author uses sex, editorializing, and stilted dialogue to fill in a rather interesting story line.
Goodhooch More than 1 year ago
An exceptional story!