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Product Details

  • Series: The Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593095449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593095444
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

From Michelle Monkou's USA Today Happy Ever After Blog: 

Rashaan writes with finesse to intertwine the large cast of characters with a layered plot that keeps you riveted from beginning to end. All senses are in play while reading his vivid prose. Here's a writer who definitely knows how to engage the reader and have them prepped for the next installment.

As the first installment in the series, this great lift-off sets the tone for The Chronicles. Can't wait to continue the journey.

About the Author

Shakir Rashaan currently lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children. Rashaan's catalog includes the series Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld and the upcoming Kink, P.I.. He is currently developing projects under the pen name P.K. Rashaan. Other credits include several anthologies, including the bestselling Zane Presents Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3. You can see more of Rashaan at ShakirRashaan.com.

More About the Author

Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it." ~ Pope John Paul II

(This feels like an ever-evolving bio, but that's a good thing, right? LOL)

Along with the philosophy I aspire to in the quote above, I also keep to my mantra: corrupting minds, one book at a time!

I started my journey as an author back in 2009 when I wrote The Awakening, the first book in my Nubian Underworld series. The series revolves around a world and a subject that not very many are privy to or really know about: the Fetish/BDSM/S&M world. I was determined to prove that "black folks are into kinky stuff, too," even before the current craze spawned from Fifty Shades of Grey. I spun a tale of sexual liberation, revolving the series around a Dominant Couple, Ramesses and Neferterri, and their submissives, incorporating lessons for the novice that might be curious but not yet ready to indulge in that world, while entertaining and titillating the experienced kinksters whom are used to delving into the world of WIITWD (what it is that we do) and enjoying the decadence within.

My sophomore effort came in 2010 with Deviant Intent: OBSESSION. In this series, I combined my two loves: erotica and mystery/crime fiction. I relied on my background and studies in the criminal justice field, spinning off this series from my Nubian Underworld series. I introduced readers of The Awakening to Dominic Law, who was an Atlanta Police Detective who turned P.I. in the Deviant Intent series at the request of his childhood friend, Ramesses. The idea of this series was to have the firm handle the cases that the police deemed low priority, with the exception being the SVU.

Both series have caught the attention of Zane and Strebor/Atria Books a few years later, and I signed book deals for them in 2013. My Nubian Underworld series will begin again with the release of The Awakening in December 2013, followed by Legacy in June 2014, and Tempest in December 2014, with more books forthcoming and in the planning stages. The Deviant Intent series will begin again Summer 2015, with OBSESSION, followed by DECEPTION and RECKONING, with more books forthcoming in that series also.

I have lent my short story talents to a variety of projects, beginning with the anthology, Making the Hookup: Edgy Sex with Soul, edited by the amazing Cole Riley. Other credits include Erotic Snapshots, Vol. 5 and Vol. 6 and Lies Told in the Bedroom, edited by Essence Magazine best-seller Anna J, and Zane Presents Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3. I have a few more anthology projects slated for release in 2014 and beyond, and I'm always on the lookout for quality projects to be a part of.Back in 2011, I sort of pulled a split-personality shift, giving birth to my alter-ego, Curtis Alexander Hamilton. (In July 2014, after a long conversation, Curtis has changed his name to P.K. Rashaan). With any luck, P.K. may have a few more projects in the lab to entertain the reading public.

Before it's all said and done, I'm hopeful that anyone that reads any of my novels can find a character that they can identify with and love or love to hate. As the novels continue to come out, the maturity will be noticeable, and the depth of the characters will keep fans coming back for more.

Customer Reviews

This book was different from the books I usually read.
LaToya Sanlin
The other books I have read were a more romanticized version of BDSM this book is just damn sexy and more hardcore.
Dharp
Shakir Rashaan is a master story teller and accomplished author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Renee Fulgiam Douglas on September 24, 2011
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The Awakening: Book One of the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld is a journey inside Atlanta's African-American Fetish community, and the ties that bind the principle players of this exciting new series. With its twists and turns and surprises along the way, it is sure to become an "awakening" for any who dare to journey to the "Dark side."

I felt like a voyeur standing back in the corner watching the goings on in this story. I love the way the author took the time to explain things about the fetish community, so that us novice wouldn't need Google to get an understanding of what was going on. The story was hot and sexy, the story development was on point and this was an all around good read. I've started the second installment and can't wait to see the twists and turns the storyline is going to take!!!! I'd tell anyone to give this a read and fast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Driven Divas' Book Club - DK on July 3, 2011
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The Awakening: Book One of the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld is a story about Atlanta's African-American D&S community. Ramesses, his wife Neferterri, display of life of heaven when it comes to D&S. The couple bring on two new submissives (male and female) and the community is faced with the possibility of their "society" becoming unraveled when one of their own is faced with a scandal. What really goes down to maintain and live this type of lifestyle is delivered with such an "AWAKENING" to the "vanilla" reader it will cause to question their sexual convictions.

This was my first read for this author. Reading erotica and some books relative to D&S, I was totally not prepared for what really happens. Yeah I am well knowledgeable with the spanking and bonding, but The Awakening goes beyond that and explains the mindset and doesn't sugar coat. Setting the scenery of the sexual activity especially the collar procedure, the author produces such a realistic setting it was though the reader was there. This was a great buy on iPhone Kindle. With no noticeable editing errors, this author delivered just what his book title states - An Awakening. An Awakening as to what really goes down when it comes to this community. Taking the reader into Ramesses' world produces a storyline that is a definite page turner. Pact with twists and turns, Shakir educates the reader, that to maintain such a lifestyle, that one has to be totally committed and there are rules that must be followed and key players that must be utilized. It is not all about sex and getting yours, there is reason . Stepping outside those rules delivers unwanted but realistic results.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SK on July 29, 2012
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I had to put this book aside for a minute while I finished up a few projects I was working on, but once I picked it up and started again, I was unable to put it down.

This novel was like none I'd ever read, smoking hot! On the one hand, Ramesses and Neferterri were no different from any other hard working, successful couple with a family. However, there was a secret side of them where they lived a sexy lifestyle full of fetishes and BDSM in which the author brings to us in high definition. The scenes are very vivid and are told in a way that explains the BDSM lifestyle to those who might not be familiar with those types of scenarios and terminology.

This book is more than sex and erotica and that's what makes a great novel. Ramesses has to fall back on the skills his father, a former policeman, taught him to get get to the bottom of situations that could've easily threatened the secret society that he is a part of; he also has to use those same skills to save his own life. This is the first book I've read of Shakir Rashaan's but it definitey won't be the last. So glad this is a series because the fun is just beginning. Kudos, Mr Rashaan! Enjoyed it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RomRdr on February 15, 2012
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The Awakening invites the reader into the hierarchical, multi-faceted world of BDSM relationships, focusing on married Atlantan couple and self-ascribed 'lifestyle Dominants' Kane and Mercedes - or Ramesses and Nefertirri as they're known within the Dom community. From the language to the ceremonies to the costume, Shakir Rashaan weaves you into and through this lifestyle, steeping you head first into both its grit and its glamour. The story gives you decadence, suspense, drama, sex and sin, leaving the reader constantly wondering what is fact and what is fiction. Not for the squeamish and definitely an over 18 read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By brownsilk on December 23, 2010
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I downloaded this book 12/22/10 and finished it the same day.

Shakir Rashaan let's you see an alternative lifestyle really is. While I was reading it, it felt as if the characters were living to story in my living room intead of on my Kindle.

Chronciles of the Nubians Underworld has it all romance, action, mystery and hot steamy sex(make sure you alone when you the sex scenes).

My heart broke when shamise had to tell Nefetti and Rameses she was moving because her financee got job out of state. I could feel their heart sink when she gave them the news. They were torn as well. They let shamise know that she will always have place in their home and life if changed her mind.

I wanted to slap nuru...for being selfish, safi for lying and betraying Amenhotep(a man after my own heart). There were a few others that I wanted to slap.

Nubians of the Underworld shows us the dark and not so dark side of an alternative lifestyle.

I can't wait to download the Legacy... sequel to Nubians of the Underworld.

If you have read other erotica books about an alternative and you were let down by the story line I guarantee you will not be with this one. :) :) :)
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