Monroe author Roosevelt Wright Jr. has published a second historical epic fiction novel and sequel to The Children of Panther Burn, which he published in 2009
Unlike most historic fiction novels, both of Wright’s novels contain endnotes and links to historical background information to help readers learn more about many of the real characters and events which formed the basis of the powerful story of the women of the Panther.
“Many people saw the movie ‘The Black Panther’ and saw a scene in which a dozen women warriors guarded two men as they fought to be king. In reality, the King of Dahomey, West Africa had an army of 6,000 women warriors who were beautiful, sexy, and deadly; all six-thousand of them were his wives,” said Wright, explaining what happens when one of those wives comes to America and ends up a slave on the 15,000 acre of Panther Burn plantation just outside of Greenville, Mississippi.
The Children of Panther Burn centered around that family of slave descendants in Panther Burn that survived sixty-years of obstacles to reach the pinnacles of success.
The Trail of the Panther steps back into the lineage and reveals a powerful story of one Ahosi warrior and five generations of her descendants who rose to the pinnacles of power in the United States including involvement in the election of President Barack Obama.
Trail opens in Dahomey, West Africa—home of the Panther People—where powerful warriors battle each other for slaves to offer to the gods in sacrifice or to sell to slave traders. In the aftermath of a brutal tribal war, little Ehizokie is orphaned.
After a mother panther raises her along with her cubs, fate decides Ehizokie’s future as she transforms into an Ahosi warrior—a group of special guards that are all women and all wives of the king. More than anything else, Ehizokie wants to please the king of her African nation.
As she matures and is eventually brought to America on a slave ship, Ehizokie soon reveals to everyone around her, including her slave friend, Izogie, that she is a terror to anyone who threatens her life, the king, or those under her protection.
A mysterious myth–that any man who mates with her or her descendants will die before the child is born–follows her across the ocean. It causes a problem for several generations of men, slave, slave masters, and businessmen.
After she finally lands at a Mississippi plantation and begins a new chapter, Ehizokie births five generations of descendants, one of whom is Cora Mae Jones. As Cora rises from the depths of poverty in Panther Burn, Mississippi, she creates a future no one could have ever imagined which leads to Obama.
Wright is publisher of the Monroe Free Press. ℜ