“A Reign Supreme”
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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “A REIGN SUPREME”:
“John Coltrane constructed his four-part magnum opus A Love Supreme as a harmonic journey meant to convey an ascendancy to spiritual enlightenment – the musical statement of one man meant to inspire and uplift us all. With deep appreciation for that inspirational source, Richard Crystal has been inspired to create a story in four sections that follows that same path to a personal awakening, a return to one’s root and the realization of one’s purpose. A Reign Supreme is a rare example of a powerful literary work drawing its spirit from a timeless musical classic, with a deft, reverential touch that avoids cliché or overstatement.” Ashley Kahn – jazz historian and author of A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album and Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece.
“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.
“From the streets of New York to a remote tribal village in Kenya, “A Reign Supreme” is a moody, intriguing and emotional story. Our hero’s journey from teenage jazz prodigy, to a man haunted by his past, to accepting his surprising fate of heritage, is a terrific read. I’m not just Richard Crystal’s brother, I’m his fan.” Billy Crystal – actor, comedian, writer, producer/director
“As you read ‘A Reign Supreme’ you will wonder if the author is a jazz musician from the streets of New York or was raised in a village in Kenya. The language of the characters is perfect and real. The descriptions of locations are both factual and extremely visual. Richard Crystal takes you on an adventure involving family loyalty, greed, life changing decisions and much, much more. Something for everyone.” Lou Adler – award winning music producer and recent inductee into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame
“Magnificent. Authentic. Gripping. Hip. I guess I’ll fit into my tux when the film is made. Bravo.” Richard Lewis, Actor/Comedian
“In ‘A Reign Supreme’, Richard Crystal creates a multi-dimensional experience for the reader such as I’ve rarely encountered. Besides creating a fascinating and suspenseful plot that keeps the reader turning pages and transports him or her to Kenya with details you can taste, hear and feel so well you would swear you were there, he has, through his own musical artistry, created descriptions of jazz that enables the reader to actually hear the music. It’s extraordinary.” Andrew Neiderman – Author of “The Devil’s Advocate” and the V.C. Andrews literary franchise.