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Enrique the Black

Danny Jalil
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Who was the man they called Enrique the Black?
Taken from his family, and forced into slavery during the Portuguese invasion of Malacca in 1511, the Malay boy rechristened as Enrique must quickly to adapt to a new religion, and to the strange new lands of Portugal and Spain.
A decade later his master Ferdinand Magellan, dreaming of fame and fortune, has an audacious plan to sail to the other side of the world, on a seemingly quick, uncharted route to the Moluccas Spice Islands. Enrique will prove invaluable once they arrive there, as he alone speaks the islanders’ Malay language.
What no one in Magellan’s fleet can foresee though, is how giants, bad weather, mutiny and excruciating hunger haunt their every move.
Even more dangerous however, is Magellan’s own religious fervour, which threatens to undo the entire expedition once they arrive at the islands soon to be known as the Philippines, where Enrique will face certain death, and perhaps the chance to finally taste freedom.

Published: May/2021

ISBN: 9789814954051

Length: 240 Pages

Enrique the Black

Danny Jalil

Who was the man they called Enrique the Black?
Taken from his family, and forced into slavery during the Portuguese invasion of Malacca in 1511, the Malay boy rechristened as Enrique must quickly to adapt to a new religion, and to the strange new lands of Portugal and Spain.
A decade later his master Ferdinand Magellan, dreaming of fame and fortune, has an audacious plan to sail to the other side of the world, on a seemingly quick, uncharted route to the Moluccas Spice Islands. Enrique will prove invaluable once they arrive there, as he alone speaks the islanders’ Malay language.
What no one in Magellan’s fleet can foresee though, is how giants, bad weather, mutiny and excruciating hunger haunt their every move.
Even more dangerous however, is Magellan’s own religious fervour, which threatens to undo the entire expedition once they arrive at the islands soon to be known as the Philippines, where Enrique will face certain death, and perhaps the chance to finally taste freedom.

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Danny Jalil

Danny Jalil majored in Multimedia Arts and studied Creative Writing and Screenwriting at LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts, during which time he wrote numerous short stories and film scripts. His short film comedy “Spun” was nominated the merit prize at the National University of Singapore Student’s Union (NUSSU) Inter-Tertiary Video Festival. He has also written movie reviews and conducted interviews for First Magazine and has had his works published in Singapore’s Greatest Comics (Nice One Entertainment) and ACTOR (A Commitment To Our Roots). His novel The Machine Boy was a winner of NAC's Beyond Words: Young and Younger Award and published by Straits Times Press and he has also written the graphic novel Lieutenant Adnan and The Last Regiment, illustrated by artist Zaki Ragman, published by Asiapac Books.