Official Review: A Game Of Princes by Raymond David

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Official Review: A Game Of Princes by Raymond David

Post by EmunahAn » 10 Sep 2018, 01:44

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Game Of Princes" by Raymond David.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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A Game of Princes by Raymond David presents a story that features the meeting and blending of two diverse worlds. Prince Kimbuwe of the kingdom of Afrotasia and the son to the reigning king, King Mbasa, has to prove himself in the game of princes also known as the Mbulwunga Game.

The constant frustration and pressure he receives from his father cause him to flee to California, in the US. His near-perfect shot helps him obtain a position in the California Angels basketball team under the guidance of Coach Andrea Carter, an ex-convict who is struggling to rewrite the wrongs of his past. Will King Mbasa ever find his son again and will he be able to convince his prodigal son to return to his kingdom of Afrotasia?

Every scene and page in the book is gripping. The twists and turns contained appear at every stage of the storyline which renders the plot unpredictable. The contrast between Prince Kimbuwe’s life in Afrotasia and the one he lives in California adds intrigue to the story. With no one realizing that he is a prince, Kimbuwe is able to live a relatively normal life in California unlike the one he leaves behind in Afrotasia. A bit of romance and jealousy is also included to spice up the plot. Kimbuwe falls for Kelly, Ryan Riley’s girlfriend who plays for the opposing team, the Miami Beasts.

I also liked that the main characters are well-designed and have striking pasts and flaws. Coach Andrea tries to put his past behind him and forge a successful career in basketball. Prince Kimbuwe, on the other hand, runs from his father to discover who he is and what lies beyond Afrotasia. Their journeys are not smooth, rather, they are marred by difficulties and challenges. Kimbuwe has to prove his father wrong and show him that he is good at something while Coach Andrea struggles to prove to the basketball fraternity and his fans that he is better than his past portrays him to be.

There are a number of grammatical errors in the text that mostly involve mixing up of tenses and also sentence construction issues. There are also too many coincidences in the book which makes the plot seem unrealistic. Still, I found A Game of Princes by Raymond David an engrossing read which could easily appeal to every reader with a love for African literature that contains a fusion of diverse cultures. I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 13 Sep 2018, 01:35

What I could gather from your review was that this book is a coming-of-age story where the main characters struggle to establish their individual identities. The gripping plotline works in favor of the book however, it's a pity that grammatical errors mar the reading experience. I was wondering why the book was listed under Romance section. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 13 Sep 2018, 03:40

It seems like Prince Kimbuwe lives an interesting life: him running away from his father, discovering other talents besides being a price, and falling in love. It sounds like an interesting book for African literature. Intriguing review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Sep 2018, 07:42

I'm not really big into sports, so I'm not sure this book would necessarily appeal to me. I'm sure there is much more to it than that, but I just wouldn't like the basketball overtones. Sounds like a pretty good book otherwise. Thanks.
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Post by Oulababe » 14 Sep 2018, 04:37

Your review makes me feel that other themes overshadow romance which is supposed to be the dominating theme in the book. It feels like his feelings for Kelly are just a by the way.

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Post by Pachecovane » 14 Sep 2018, 16:30

The beginning it starts very well about the character coming from a kingdom ,and his a prince .It would be nice that the prince goes to California to find her princess..

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Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 14 Sep 2018, 20:50

Definitely not my kind of thing, but I loved your review.

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Post by daydreaming reader » 15 Sep 2018, 17:54

From your review, it appears that this book has a lot of interesting characters. I'm not to sure whether this book is for me though. Thank for your thorough review.
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Post by Amy+++ » 17 Sep 2018, 15:56

It sounds very diverse and romantic. The errors would bother me though. Great review.

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Post by J_D_Allen » 18 Sep 2018, 03:11

I am interested in this storyline. I read Wilbur Smith and I was fascinated by the African culture. I will hope there will be sequels. Thanks for your generous review.

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