Four Nails

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In ancient India, tragedy strikes a young elephant trainer. Forced into a slave caravan that takes him through perilous lands and into a world at war, Ashoka befriends a special elephant. He and that elephant, Four Nails, together lead Hannibal's army over the Alps and down the back of Rome. Though a time of constant danger and uncertainty in the Second Punic War, More

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About GJ Berger

In June 2013, G. J. Berger won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Historical Fiction Novel of 2012 with his debut novel 'South Of Burnt Rocks - West Of The Moon'. Other recent winners are the likes of J. K. Rowling and Susan Vreeland.

And in 2017, G. J.'s "Four Nails" won the SDBA prize as the best historical of both 2015-16. San Diego's Main Library honored G. J. and his "Four Nails" novel with a "W2W" (Writers to Watch) celebration on April 1, 2017.

When G. J. was eight, his mom told him the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants and a great army. He asked her what happened to Hannibal after that. Mom didn’t know, but he was hooked, had to find out.

G. J. spent much of his young life on the road and at sea. even working as a crew member on a tramp steamer. Wherever his travels took him, old walls, canals, even storage holes deep in the ground, made him wonder about how they got there, about the people who built them, how they lived and got along.

The result is two novels about the places, the history, and the main characters from the time of Hannibal.

When not writing, G. J. tries to roam around the places he writes about, likes to sit and soak up the times back then and bring them to modern life in his stories. G. J. is convinced that for all the changes in last 2000 years, people loved and hated, suffered and rejoiced, destroyed and built out of the same urges and yearnings then as they do today.

G. J. lives in San Diego with his favorite grammarian and English Professor. They visit their two sons and two grandsons as often as the kids will have them.

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KD Bissonette reviewed on April 22, 2020
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Voracious Readers via Smashwords. I liked the story and Ashoka was a strong character. I appreciate the opportunity to read this authors work and I hope to do so again in the future.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Liz Nedrub reviewed on July 9, 2019

Four nails

Complimentary copy of this book was received through Voracious Readers.

Gripping, great story and flow.

I always love an elephant story but this one is top notch! From the start, which is set in India, I loved the way the author wove a young mahout's life into epic historic events. Ashoka has a beautiful, humble nature, is a gifted animal whisperer, with a special affinity for elephants. His gentle spirituality contrasts sharply with the harshness of what he is forced to watch, and at times train his beloved elephant to do. However Ashoka is savvy too and trusts his elders wisdom as well as his instincts which ultimately leads him to freedom.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Lilwak reviewed on Feb. 2, 2019

I received this complimentary copy of this book from Voracious Readers via Smashwords. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book besides some elephants and trainers, what I got from this book was a lovely, descriptive, well written book that had you rooting for the main character, Ashok and his elephants. Berger envelops you in his prose with the language and you can imagine you are there with the elephants, and Ashoka. I am not familiar with this part of world history but I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this world.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Stephanie Shield reviewed on Jan. 18, 2019

his is the first historical fiction book I have read and commend it for its richness in storytelling, world building and depth

Berger does in amazing job in taking the reader on a journey full of emotion and action through the eyes of Ashoka and at times other characters. A very different but highly reccomended story!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Renaeloewen reviewed on Dec. 13, 2018

Loved the story line as far as I could tell it’s historical accurate and I love the way the nature of the elephants came through
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Loreaine reviewed on Aug. 28, 2018

Loved the historical content of this book. Very moving account of a historical period. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I adore elephants and have enjoyed my encounters in Asia with them and their trainers .
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Cheryl Roberts reviewed on Aug. 25, 2018

A really good book was good to think of the lives of the elephants that managed this heroic feat. Kept my interest all the way through and couldn't wait to get back to it
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Suziefriz reviewed on Aug. 14, 2018

I really liked this book. The characters were likeable and believeable. The story covered a period in history i was unfamiliar with , and moved at a good pace.. Throroghly enjoyed it and would readmore by this author.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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