Satta Disabour’s “Satta King” is a fast-paced yarn about two contrasting characters, a man from a wealthy family and the man who owns the duke of Satta. This book is subtitled “The Adventure of the Deceit” and is the third in the sattaking trilogy. The first novel in the series, “The Bodyguard,” captured our attention and introduced us to the world of Genghis Khan and the turbulent time in which his life was unfolding. I enjoyed reading about the duke and what he was doing in Africa and liked the detailed descriptions of the palace, the various outlying guards, and the ways in which they dealt with the tribes.
I enjoyed Harfang’s detailed descriptions of disputed wealth and the way that he dealt with it, while at the same time I admired how he wrote about it. Like most ex-pats I was interested to learn the state system, how it worked, and what the dynamics were regarding wealth transfer in an African society where men seldom used their wives as currency. That part was done in “Satta Disawar,” with superb detail.
What impressed me the most was the way the author described how this man negotiated his way into the position of satta king by using intermediaries. He had enough clout to secure important posts and high commissions for himself. Once he had been established as satta king, he was renowned for his generosity, hospitality, and the way he treated those within his kingdom. It was fascinating to read about how he worked to make himself indispensable, just as the modern business executives are today. How he became the state king result is fascinating and what he did to make his life the state king result is also fascinating.
Ashis Thani was a well known writer before he became Ashis Thani’s sonu. His life had many twists and turns but all of which led him to become the Ashis Thani, the man who would take charge of his own kingdom after his wife passed away. One must understand that it was not easy for him. He had to overcome the honor of his family and face down many intrigues that had been orchestrated against him by his family. It was because of this that his son was so concerned that Ashis Thani was always so near to him.
The book ends with a recounting of the many travels, wars, and adventures that comprised the life of Ashis Thani. One must wonder how much more there would be to write about if this man hadn’t managed to establish a following so big. His story is an example of how people can triumph despite obstacles and hurdles when they stick to their goals. It reminds us that success doesn’t knock on the door but that we should go and knock on it.
To finish, the story reminds us that life is short. Don’t waste it! Live life fully by enjoying and experiencing all that you can from the past, present and future. This book can serve as a reminder to those who are still in the struggle of life to not give up, to never give up, to fight for what they believe in, and most of all to never surrender.