It seems that only one man can stop the elephant, a young water boy called Gajendra, who has the skills to calm the beast he calls and make him do his bidding. Just send us an and we'll put the best up on the site. As Alexander plots, a war elephant disturbs the peace of the camp. It is because Gajendra and Mara are such fun characters that the book works. It can only help that he has a special relationship with Colossus, the biggest elephant in the living God's stable. It is clearly well researched, and contains a lot of good and interesting detail about the mahouts and their charges. Comment: This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering.
However, I found that the book simply could not adequately hold my attention or interest. Perhaps it was the use of the present tense, which for me felt awkward and clumsy, or perhaps that the characters fell a little flat on the page. You can read more book reviews or buy Colossus by Alexander Cole at You can read more book reviews or buy Colossus by Alexander Cole at. The action is constant and the love story does appeal. But as he rises to become Captain of the Elephants, Gajendra sees how Alexander is being corrupted by luxury and power.
I have read a lot of historical fiction in my time and different authors place differing weights on the historic and fiction parts of the genre. Indeed, both are very arrogant people. This is certainly the case; there are some gruesome battles to behold, but also some thrilling internal politics as Gajendra begins to rise through the ranks and jealousy ensues. He also has a conquest in mind - the fabulous empire of Carthage. And when Alexander notices his bravery, Gajendra begins a meteoric climb through the ranks of the Macedonian army. Some of the men would follow Alexander to the ends of the Earth, while many others complain of not having seen their homes in years and worry that their leader is becoming soft and perfumed like the people they have conquered. Alexander the Great rests in Babylon as he decides which should be his next world to conquer.
Only one young mahout has the courage to stop Colossus. When Carthage falls, Mara must disguise herself as a boy in order to avoid the inevitable fate many women suffer during war times. Only one young mahout has the courage to stop Colossus. The book eventually introduces Mara, a female character stripped of the luxury of her former life and thrown into a world of slavery. Only one young mahout has the courage to stop his killing rampage.
But as he rises to become Captain of the Elephants, Gajendra sees how Alexander is being corrupted by luxury and power. He has a new weapon - the war elephants he brought back from India. The great general Alexander of Macedon has conquered much of the known world, and finds himself with a huge army and a court of followers from across his new empire. Gajendra is ambitious, and will go to great lengths to prove his worth. This enigmatic beast also displays quirks, which make for quite a number of fascinating scenes; in fact I would have loved to have seen more involving the pachyderms. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. The book does not start off brilliantly; we are introduced to Gajendra and Colossus with some very short and sharp sentences that rattle the brain.
The 'off' amount and percentage signifies the calculated difference between the seller's price for the item elsewhere and the seller's price on eBay. There seems to be a strange choice to treat the elephant as if he has human emotions. Gajendra is fiercely loyal to Alexander, the great General who plucked him from obscurity. Alexander is painted out as a capricious, often fickle man, who is prone to discarding his favourites at whim as fast as he elevates them in status. This close relationship between man and beast will lead Gajendra to a higher level than he could ever have imagined for a poor boy from India. Only one young mahout has the courage to stop Colossus. A war elephant, Colossus, disturbs the peace of the camp when he is provoked to a killing rampage.
And when Alexander notices his bravery, Gajendra begins a meteoric climb through the ranks of the Macedonian army. See more of our deals. Only one young mahout has the courage to stop his killing rampage. The general ignores the griping of his army, seeking instead his next challenge; what of the rich city of Carthage, which stands ripe for the taking? However, there is also a naivety in sentence structure and a disregard for the annals of history that will annoy some. As captain of the elephants he glimpses the ultimate prize. Yes, at times the book feels a little like a Mills and Boon with added evisceration, but the relationship enhances the action as you want certain characters to live or die.
Fans of true historic accuracy should avoid this book as it is has a lot of conjecture on the part of Cole. A war elephant, Colossus, disturbs the peace of the camp when he is provoked to a killing rampage. Mara has suffered great personal loss and seeks solace as a priestess of the goddess Tanith. What does this price mean? It should have been easily possible to bring it to life and paint fresh if not new faces on the known characters. Alexander the Great rests in Babylon as he decides which should be his next world to conquer.
In this sense Colossus works well. Alexander the Great has survived every effort to kill him. Colossus is an epic tale of massive evil, pitiless gods and burning cities, all set against the warp of history as Alexander's army approaches the gates of Rome. Forced to choose between keeping faith with Alexander or with his comrades, Gajendra must find the strength to make the right decision as Alexander's army approaches the gates of Rome. None of them felt very real; there was nothing you could feel any emotion about.