Those Who Would Be King
Title: Those Who Would Be King: The People’s Prince
Published by: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Release Date: July 11, 2023
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This powerful novel—full of twists and turns, heroes and villains—is set in the fictional, impoverished African country of Maleziland and explores the corruption of power, the legacy of colonialism, and the putative integration of democracy.
King Mabanda, ruler of Maleziland, controls his country through divine right with a violent, omnipotent hand. The king’s son, Mandebala, is also a 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 the slums to the palace to take his rightful place as the prince of Maleziland, while Mandebala is thrown out of the palace and forced to live in the nearby shantytown. The benevolent new prince experiences the trappings and privileges of wealth and power, and ultimately embarks upon an economic plan for Maleziland to help improve the lives of his people and country. Meanwhile, the true brothers Shigeku and Mandebala plot to overthrow the regime so corruption and self-serving depravity can again reign supreme.
“Those Who Would Be King delivers a story full of twists and turns, highlighting the battle between good and evil.”
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