Tale from Medieval Mali Impacts the Literary World

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San Francisco Bay Area author writes the untold story of the African king, Mansa Abubakari the Second, entitled Beyond Mali. Set during the turn of the 14th century, Beyond Mali is a tale that needed to be told.

Rafael Scott draws from true accounts of the Malian king, Mansa Abubakari II, to create a novel where destiny and duty collide — Beyond Mali.

"The snake strikes in fear of the blackbird approaching."

The year is 1307. The Great Mansa of Mali has unexpectedly died, and the vast empire wavers with instability. It is Abubakari II who inherits the rule of Mali from his beloved father. As his Mandingo warriors storm the citadel of Djenné, the last obstacle in the Keita clan’s complete rule of the region, Abubakari reveals his childhood ambition of exploring the “Great Sea of Darkness” to the west. Viewed as madness by some, his dream severs the unity of the empire and sends the young ruler clashing with his least expected adversary…his brother.

"The snake strikes only those close to him."

“Though a few non-fiction books were published regarding the early African presence in the Americas,” Rafael noted, “I have yet to find historical fiction on the subject — the emotion, the opposition, the consequences. Beyond Mali achieves those points. Readers will find the events leading to the African king’s endeavor very intriguing.”

Beyond Mali is available through major book retailers as well as most popular online retailers. For a review copy of Beyond Mali or a high-resolution JPEG photograph of Rafael Scott or the book cover, fax request to PublishAmerica at 301.631.9073.

About Author: Rafael Scott is determined to leave no story untold. “Every historical novel I write, I learn something new about myself.” Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Rafael now resides in Hayward, California, with his loving wife and lovable shepherd.

About Publisher: PublishAmerica is a thriving publishing house based in Frederick, Maryland that emphasizes stories involving people who face and overcome hardships and obstacles in life.

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