New Book Wishes to Inspire Through ‘The Travels of the Black Raven’

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Author Matthew Quaine Thompkins shares his rich and unforgettable experience during his stay at one of the world’s greatest civilization, China.

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Inspired by his rich and unforgettable experiences during his stay in Xi’an, author Matthew Quaine Thompkins decided to relive his days of learning and self-discovery by sharing “The Travels of the Black Raven.” Giving the classic memoir a twist, Thompkins wrote a personal biography in the form of a novel to catch reader’s attention and entertain them while sharing his prized learning and deeper understanding of one of the world’s greatest civilization, China.

The “Travels of the Black Raven” highlights the human potential. The story follows a young Matthew who travels to China to learn Mandarin. The only issue is that he is not sure he can achieve this objective or if he even wants to. During his experience, he discovers his inner talents along with the other life valuable learning form one of the world’s greatest civilization. As he stayed in Xi’an, he discovered not only that he can adjust in the new environment and culture, but also he was able to love, embrace, and deepen his understanding of the values and society of China.

As a personal journey to finding one’s self, this novel inspires readers to look and examine themselves and find their inner strength and will to develop their character towards excelling in life. Aside from its personal approach to connecting with the readers through his experiences, Thompkins also seeks to open every reader’s eyes to the often misunderstood mentality and structure of the Chinese society.

Overall, “The Travels of the Black Raven” is both an inspirational and eye-opening journey that will speak to the adventurous and academic self of readers.

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About the Author
Matthew Quaine Thompkins, preferably Quaine, is from Los Angeles, California. He is a Humboldt State University graduate in which he majored in international studies business and Chinese. Thompkins enjoys traveling and has a major interest in East Asian cultures. On his spare time, he does calligraphy, read books, draw, and engages in innovative projects. His ultimate dream is to start a research lab, which enables people from all walks of life to invent their ideas. Readers can follow Quaine via Twitter @MatthewQuaine or Facebook.

The Travels of the Black Raven * by Matthew Quaine Thompkins
Publication Date: December 30, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 355 pages; 978-1-4931-5981-9
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 355 pages; 978-1-4931-5982-6
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5983-3

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