Four Nails

Four Nails

by George J Berger


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In ancient India, tragedy leads a young elephant trainer, Ashoka, to perilous adventures in distant lands.

On the way, he befriends a special elephant. He and that elephant lead mighty Hannibal's elephant army over the Alps and down the back of Rome. Though a time of constant danger and uncertainty, Ashoka finds beauty and kindness while helping others enslaved for the pleasure of ruthless rulers.

To survive this remarkable journey, the elephant trainer calls upon his unique ways with the great greys and a strength known only to those with nothing left to lose.

Can Ashoka find freedom, or will he and his elephants come to the same bitter end as Hannibal?

The hero elephant is real and was ridden by Hannibal himself. The journey was real and reconstructed from ancient writings. The emotion-filled ending is mostly true too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988398245
Publisher: G.J. Berger
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 398
Sales rank: 490,555
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

G. J. Berger's debut novel, South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon, was selected as the best published historical of 2012
by the San Diego Book Awards. "Burnt Rocks" is the sequel to "Four Nails" and tells the mostly true story of the youngest daughter of Sinorix after the empire of Carthage has finally fallen to Rome.

G. J. lives in San Diego with his favorite tango dancing partner and grammarian. He reviews for the Historical Novel
Society and is working on two other novels.
G. J. welcomes hearing from any reader, admirer of elephants, or others interested in this time and place. Contact him at

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