Pub Date: July 11, 2023
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Page Count: 272
Price: $29.95 US/$38.95 CAD
ABOUT THE BOOK
An 11-year old African boy swears upon the soul of his dying pregnant mother that he would look after her soon-to-be-born baby. He seizes an opportunity to fulfill his mother’s wish by switching his brother with the heir to the throne of the country Maleziland. When the switch is discovered 14 years later, those who would be king begin their campaigns to seize the throne and the riches that go with it.
King Mabanda, ruler of Maleziland, controls his country through divine right with a violent, omnipotent hand. The king’s son, Mandebala, is also a loathsome tyrant-in-training who has grown up with the opulence and privilege of an uber-wealthy prince. But when the king meets Shigeku, the only captive survivor of a border war with a neighboring nation, the prisoner tells of switching his own brother at birth with the king’s actual son.
The king immediately extricates his true heir, Mateyo, from his run-down shanty and ensconces him in the royal palace to take his rightful place as the crown prince of Maleziland, while Mandebala is thrown out of the palace and forced to live in the nearby slums. The benevolent new prince experiences the trappings and privileges of wealth and power, and ultimately embarks upon an economic plan for Maleziland that will enable the country to become economically prosperous and self-sustaining. Meanwhile, the true brothers Shigeku and Mandebala plot to overthrow the regime so corruption and self-serving depravity can again reign supreme.
This powerful novel—full of twists and turns, heroes and villains– explores the corruption of power, the legacy of colonialism, and the putative integration of democracy. Written as a fast-paced action/adventure novel, Those Who Would Be King: The People’s Prince also explores the current underlying developmental challenges facing sub-saharan Africa, and seeks to enlighten and educate western world readers on the challenges facing the Dark Continent.
Pub Date: May 17, 2022
Genre: Memoir / Christian Inspirational
Publisher: She Writes Press
Page Count: 304