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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote forMore Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting July 8, visit www.amazon.com/ABNA.Ashoka is the last male in a family of Indian elephant trainers. He handles wild and tame elephants better than his older brother, even better than his father. But in Ashokas time, 227 B. C., decades of peace have dried up Indias need for elephants and their trainers. The sudden death of his older brother forces the family to sell Ashoka to a Syrian trading caravan headed to lands where generals pay great sums for war elephants and their drivers. In the high plateaus east of India, the caravan stops at a village upset by an unruly orphaned elephant. It has four nails on its front feet, not the usual five. In elephant lore that predicts madness. The caravans captain orders Ashoka to help the villagers slaughter Four Nails. Instead, Ashoka frees Four Nails and runs him off into the wilderness. Years later and after being twice sold, Ashoka washes soiled clothes and cleans out elephant pens for a huge army gathering on the coast of Iberia. One monster elephant with that army charges those who try to ride him. No one can control him or keep him from mischief—until Ashoka confronts him. It is Four Nails. Together again, Four Nails and Ashoka lead Hannibals tragic and glorious invasion over the Alps and down the backside of Rome. Ashokas connection to the big beasts, his gentle hand, and patience in all things help him survive and return home eleven years after leaving. Four Nails (at 100,000 words) is a largely true story of a reluctant hero and a special elephant ripped out of its natural habitat, master and elephant each tossed into war and made to fight for strange men far from home.