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The cover of Rightful King
- "Decades before a second Cold War brings the world to the brink of annihilation, a brooding teenager stands in an alley, covered in blood. In his lifetime, he’ll come to be known by many names. Radical. Rebel. Revolutionary.
But all will know him as Raul Menendez.
Exclusively published on Kindle, Rightful King catapults readers through the journey that follows Menendez from the violent streets of 1980′s Nicaragua to the boroughs of New York as he forages for food and water, rises through the ranks of his father’s drug cartel, and ultimately forms the diabolical plan that will change the world forever in Call of Duty: Black Ops II."
- — Official Description
Rightful King is a short story, mainly focused as a prequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops II exclusive to Amazon Kindle. The book documents the main antagonist, Raul Menendez, in his early years and later, his rise to becoming the leader of Cordis Die. This book is partially linked to the 1980's part of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
In the year 1973 at the heart of Managua, Nicaragua, 10-year-old Raul Menendez lives in a poor area with his sister Josefina a year after a major earthquake. He sees that she is almost out of morphine, and he leaves his house to get her more. He kills a group of dogs with a revolver to obtain painkillers and medicinal supplies that are behind them and brings them back to Josefina. Meanwhile Josefina sees a man killed in her apartment, she then smells burning and pulls open her doors to see that a raid has burned down her apartment and she quickly tries to find her older brother when a large part of rubble falls which cripples her. Two minutes later Raul Menendez sees his apartment destroyed and remembers Josefina. He rushes inside to see some rubble and someone's handing out. Knowing who it is, Menendez pulls the rubble and finds his sister. He is about to take her heart pendant when Josefina says, "Don't!". Setting the end of the story and Call of Duty: Black Ops II's start.
- The ending is seen in the first cutscene of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.