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Changa's Safari (Changa's Safari #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the 15th century on the African continent the young prince Changa Diop flees his homeland of Kongo, vowing to seek revenge for the death of his father and free his family and people from the foul sorcerer Usenge. He survives slavery and the fighting pits of Mogadishu, eventually becoming a merchant adventurer whose extraordinary skills and determination makes his a lege ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Mvmedia, LLC
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Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
On the day that a young prince and an evil sorceress happen to cross paths with Changa, a chain of events unfurls which would lead Changa and his crew on a high adventure across continents.

Changa’s Safari is a Sword and Soul epic echoing the traditional conflict between good and evil. In its pages we find warriors of light, demons of darkness, magic users and priests in a world with echoes of the past. From the trading cities of the African East coast to far flung China, this adventure will keep
Valjeanne Jeffers
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sword and Soul on the High Seas!

“He collapsed onto the bloodstained stone. Bare muscles emerged from his still body, a strange metamorphosis emerging from a human cocoon…Features formed on the face, a countenance that expressed the strength of gods and perfection impossible among ordinary men,” Milton Davis, Changa’s Safari

Author Milton Davis tells the story of “Changa,” a fierce captain with a haunted past, the beautiful sorceress “Panya” and Changa’s loyal friend, the silent, yet deadly “Tuare
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
I had the privilege of editing this epic adventure and found myself caught up in the story and forgetting to proof the copy! Milton Davis does a fantastic job of submerging the reader in a swashbuckling tale of 15th century Africa. You'll cheer and cringe for Changa as he travels to China and back on a quest that is full of sorcery, betrayal, and excitement.
Edward Erdelac
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Changa's Safari takes the style of Robert E. Howard's historical and sword and sorcery adventures and applies it to a totally unique band of characters. There's Changa, the Bakongo Sindbad-type leader, exiled from his native land and hunted by demons hot on his trail, unleashed by a vengeful shaman, the beautiful but strong willed sorceress who has spurned the ruler of Great Zimbabwe, The Tuareg, a veiled Muslim warrior vowed to silence who does all the talking he needs to with his swords, the e ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-sf
Teen boys get a bad rap. David Hartwell sneered that “the Golden Age of Science Fiction is 12.” John Rogers gibed that “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” And this while 22% of 13-year ...more
Fletcher Vredenburgh
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book with charismatic leading man. Its African-Indian Ocean-China settings are a nice change of pace from the same old, increasingly tired and tiresome, faux-European fantasylands.
Jeremy Hicks
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Excerpt from the review posted on my blog (

Without spoiling too much of this rollicking, swashbuckling adventure, I will say that it was an insta-buy once I saw the cover art and read the back cover blurb at JordanCon 2017. With several books in this series and continuing collections of Changa stories, Davis has combined the fast-paced action-packed sea sagas of Sinbad with the well-researched--but clearly alternative history--versions of 15th century Africa, Arabia, and Asia t
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With one hand on his sword, forged of Damascus Steel, and a throwing knife at the ready, Changa Diop readies for action. Who is this Changa Diop? Some Conan pastiche taking up space in a cash grab designed to capitalize on the barbarian's resurgence? Or perhaps a seasoned anti-hero pawn of the machinations of primal forces, forever brooding over his ill-fated lot in life? No? Well then, he must be on a noble quest; yes a quest to destroy forever the trinket that holds the distilled essence of ev ...more
Vincent Stoessel

Safari: The Swahili word safari means journey, originally from the Arabic سفرية (safarīyah) meaning a journey -wikipedia

Changa's safari is indeed a journey, one that carries the reader across the world's largest continents. This first volume is really 3 adventures of "books" in one. Zimbabwe, lost jungle islands of southeast Asia and into the heart of the Middle Kingdom are some of the places you will visit with Changa and his wonderfully eclectic crew. The young Prince, the Sorceress, the loya

SJ Fujimoto
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The first of the Changa stories, this is a rather curious book. It feels like it began as a separate short story before being grafted on another novel. The first act introduces readers to the main characters, but it's largely unconnected to the rest of the book while the second and third acts are far more connected. Changa makes for an intriguing hero, extremely practical and a businessman above all else, sometimes reluctant to do the right thing. The characters don't develop very much over the ...more
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Milton Davis never fails to provide spinning an excellent tale. In this case, three excellent tales.
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Linda Kepner
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adventure fiction (which I love). Good fight scenes and "believable" magic. Strong African characters (male AND female) in a buddy relationship. A universe consisting of the entire Indian Ocean, expanding my knowledge of the region. Even the secondary characters have vibrant, well-thought-out personalities. I met this author at the Boskone Science Fiction convention, and discovered that he, too, was a fan of Charles R. Saunders (I read a story by Saunders in the original "Amazons!" anthology tha ...more
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Milton Davis is owner of MVmedia, LLC , a small publishing company specializing in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Sword and Soul. MVmedia’s mission is to provide speculative fiction books that represent people of color in a positive manner. Milton is the author of eight novels; his most recent The Woman of the Woods and Amber and the Hidden City. He is co-editor of four anthologies; Griots: A Sword ...more
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Changa's Safari (3 books)
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  • Changa's Safari Volume Three

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