"Inspired by a true story and set against an urban backdrop of African immigrant communities in present day
Edmonton, Minister Faust weaves a masterful tale around the sacred Book of the Golden Falcon, ten Hermetical
scrolls that expound upon the cross pollination of cultural themes and social considerations shared by Original
People throughout the African Diaspora.
"The Alchemists of Kush is more than a story; it's a philosophical elixir of Kemetic (Egyptian) folklore, African
traditions, urban Sufism, hip hop culture, and Five Percenter pedagogy designed to transmute the challenges of
colonialism, assimilation, juvenile delinquency, and moral decay into a universal solvent. Through an array of
colourful characters facing unique struggles towards advancing a common cause, Minister Faust boldly takes his
readers on an alchemical journey of Self Knowledge, Self Determination, and Community Action, a transformative
terrain of true & living 'gold'!"
Saladin Quanaah Allah
Blogger, Allah School in Atlantis (ASIA)
Author of Tales of an Urban Sufi; MC on Brothers from Another Planet
"The Alchemists of Kush is its own kind of alchemy. Composed of ancient past, gritty present, mythic fantasy,
social activism, it's how Minister Faust blends it all that gives the book its rare power. Reflecting the brilliance of
his earlier novels, Minister Faust again strikes the perfect balance between eloquence and entertainment.
"Within the first twenty pages, I could (and did) imagine The Alchemists of Kush on the big screen. It's got that
epic sweep to it. More importantly, I kept reading (and reading, and reading) because Minister Faust knows it's all
about creating characters you'll love. I wept at the end."
Author of The Uptown Browns, A Calgary Album
Founding father of the Raving Poets
"Minister Faust presents a fierce piece of fiction in a way that only he can. I was entertained, educated and
fascinated with his alchemy. The Alchemists of Kush has to be one of the best books I've read this year."
Milton John Davis
Author of Meji, co-editor of Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology
"In The Alchemists of Kush, Minister Faust risks telling stories that threaten the empire-builders, that encourage us
all to become agents of action. Such a novel demands a truthful response. Iíve been thinking we need prayers for
right now. Advertising jingles and gangsta rhymes split our souls, jangle our spirits a thousand times a day. Minister
Faust is a technician of the sacred, getting the geometry, the dance of our humanity into his words. Buy The
Alchemists of Kush for yourself and a friend. Read it and then give it away. Give it away a lot."
Author of Redwood and Wildfire and Mindscape
"The Alchemists of Kush blew my expectations clean out of the water. The importance of faith has been fresh in my
mind recently. And as the novel is, at its heart, about a spiritual awakening, it felt perfectly timed that I
discovered it when I did. The twin stories and characters had me drawn in immediately, and it didn't hurt that
there was ample name dropping of favourite musical artists (Gil Scott-Heron among them) and comic book
characters (Static and King Peacock). The characters are rich, their battles hard fought and heartbreaking. And the
resulting affirmation of love, community, pride, responsibility, and family makes this the calibre of book I would
love to see as required reading Ö. Highly recommended."
Author of Cobalt City Blues and Ride Like the Devil
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