Synopsis

We’ve seen what happens when we don’t initiate the young. “They burn down the country to feel
the heat.” ~ African Proverb

Murran—is the story of America today.

Trey wanted to belong. He wanted respect. He wanted to be a man. With his father dead and his
mother a drug addict, Trey and his sister Nichelle are forced to go live with their grandmother in
Brooklyn. Surrounded by inner-city crime and conflicting ideologies, Trey seeks security and
recognition by becoming a member of a small street crew. When he’s framed for a crime and facing
prison, Trey flees to a Maasai village in Kenya with his English teacher and mentor, Mr. Jackson.
though initially repulsed by the Maasai customs, Trey slowly comes to value their traditions and
morals. As he goes through the Maasai warriors’ rite of passage becoming one of their own, he
learns what Black African culture is truly about. Only after confronting lions, disapproving Maasai
elders, and his own fears does Trey begin to understand that men are made and not born. Honest
and unafraid, Murran is a tale of a young African-American teen coming of age amidst the pitfalls
and threats of a 1980s Brooklyn. What he learns along the way could possibly lead his community
toward a cultural revival.

F.F Fiore’s epic tale of the youth of young African Americans today will haunt you for the rest of your
life. We can no longer abandon the youth of our country. We must find positive ways to lead them
from reactive childhood to responsible adults.

The values and lessons learned in MURRAN can lead the way.

Editorial Review

This was a very, very interesting story. It was very well researched and all the characters feel flushed
out and you are able to care about them very quickly. Having grown up in a different country coming
to the US; I fully understand the conflicts of self identification Trey as well as Mr. Jackson went
through. The different cultures and settings: Africa vs New York were very gripping, detailed and
interesting to read. You almost felt as if you stood right there in the story with them. I really truly
enjoyed the story and I couldn’t wait to find out how what Trey would ultimately do with his life:
would he stay in Africa with the Maasai or would he return to New York to face the consequences of
his decisions in life?

Meet Frank Fiore

Frank Fiore, a bestselling author of non-fiction books, has also penned four 5-star rated stirring thrillers and action/adventures. His works include CYBERKILL, a techno-thriller; The Oracle, a collection of short stories bound by a larger tale; and The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash, a series of novels centered on conspiracy theories, unsolved mysteries, urban myths, and other themes.

 

He currently lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with his fetching wife Lynne and their dogs Sebastian—a big Newfoundland, and Duffy— a little Scotty.

Testimonials

“Murran held my attention. The writing was strong and the message clear. This book is not really about race in my opinion; it’s about where, what and how you grow up. It’s about that moment when you realize you need to find something extra if you want to be a man. I loved it. The gang descriptions were great, and the whole book felt very real to me.”

~ Terry Irving, Emmy-winning News Journalist and Author.

 

“I hadn’t touched a Frank Fiore book before “Murran,” but he really sold me with this book. I enjoyed reading it, and I will be sure to buy a copy on release. Very strong stuff. Well done, Frank!”

~ Michael Walsh, Author of “Knights of Forever.”

 

“Murran is going to get called racist, the Liberals can’t help but call books like this racist. But I will tell you this, the book is exquisite! It’s a look at what the gang culture is and how certain people have tried to say that it’s just a modern day version of the African tribes. It’s not, the African tribes have never had a thing to do with the conception of gangs. Let’s face it, some of these black gang members should go and meet some of the tribes. It WOULD be a culture shock.”

~ Patrick McMillan, Happiness Guru and Author.

 

“Nick Wale told me I would love this book. As my PR and Rep, I trusted his judgment! It’s a book that will get a lot of flak- but for me it hit the nail right on its head.”

Angela Harris, Author of “Monster Feet.”

 

“Whenever I think of the Black gangs, I wonder if they really realize their heritage? This book might answer a few questions for them.”

Michael Haden, Author.

 

“Murran” is a book that will be essential reading in schools for years to come. It is the ultimate read revolving around race relations. I picked the book up expecting another trawl through the same-old “poor me” inner city slum sob-story. What did I get? A thought-provoking, beautiful coming-of-age story that will have you hooked from page one.”

Nick Wale, Publicist.

 

In the Media

Print Interviews

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Audio Interviews

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Press Release

Indigo River Publishing Releases Young Adult Novel “Murran”
 
Frank Fiore Bridges Cultural Gaps with Coming of Age Story “Murran”
 
When sixteen-year-old Trey Davis moves from Harlem to Brooklyn with his sister, things barely change. Between being separated from his troubled mother, daily gang turf wars, and the always-present chance of getting into a fight or worse, living with Grandma is no home away from home. With no parents to lean on and little clue about his African heritage, Trey joins the street-tough Warriors to find a place he finally belongs. Little does he know that home is an ocean away.
 
Frank Fiore’s “Murran,” published by Indigo River Publishing, chronicles Trey’s journey to not only find acceptance among his peers, but discover his roots in the Maasai African culture his father told him about before his death. The Maasai, a nomadic Kenyan tribe, is also comprised of a class of men known as the Murrani, warriors focused on surviving by “respecting the meaning and value of family, community, elders, and themselves.” Though Trey wants to know more about where he came from, he finds immediate comfort and high self-esteem in his Warrior set. However, by traveling to Africa and living with his teacher’s Maasai family, he begins to understand what a true warrior is.
 
Fiore’s fictional narrative is steeped in realistic dueling cultures, one being the outlandish-yet-traditional society of the Maasai, and the other being the urban, dangerous streets of 1980s New York. The novel illustrates the differences surrounding the African-American and Native African experiences with frank, intelligent and sometimes brutal dialogue and descriptions. “Murran” presents polar opposite societies challenges the meaning of the African-American and “Black American” experiences and unifies Eastern and Western cultures as Trey realizes his heritage and his destiny.
 
Frank Fiore is a bestselling author with more than 50,000 copies of his nonfiction works in print. Frank has a B.A. in Liberal Arts and General Systems Theory from Stockton State College and a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Phoenix. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona, with his wife and son.
 
For more information on “Murran,” visit www.indigoriverpublishing.com. For more on Frank Fiore, visit www.frankfiore.com.

QUOTE: “To a true warrior, challenges are the fuel for life. A life faced with challenges that he neither shies from nor encourages.”

Interview Questions

1. You have written both fiction and non-fiction. What style do you prefer and why? Tell us about some of your previous works.

 

2. Have you ever been to Africa yourself? What region? Describe your experience.

 

3. How do you think younger readers will react to Murran? Do you think college-age readers or high-school readers will better connect to the book given the content, language, and depictions of cultures?

 

4. You have said that you fully embrace the controversy that will come with publishing this book. Perhaps the biggest point of controversy that you acknowledged is that you are a white author writing about African and Black American culture from an insider perspective. How much contention do you expect given your thorough research into the subject matter and consultations with Junius? Why?

 

5. You’ve obviously drawn on personal observation and experience regarding your writing about the New York street and gang culture. Any particular stories that influenced your work?

 

6.• Murran clearly differentiates the African American and the Black American experience. Do the discussions in the book reflect your personal feelings about the subject?