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'A fantastic read.' - Wilbur Smith

A general who thought he was a god.

An orphan who thought he was a general.

An elephant who thought he was a man.

Babylon, 323 BC.

What if Alexander the Great had not died young? In this epic alternative history, he has survived every effort to kill him. Restless, ruthless, he wonders which world to conquer next. He has a powerful new weapon —the war elephants he brought back from India.

As Alexander plots, an elephant named Colossus violently lashes out against the soldiers who are tormenting him, and only one trainer has the courage to calm the massive beast. When Alexander notices the young man’s bravery, Gajendra begins a meteoric rise through the ranks of the Macedonian army, protected by the fierce but devoted Colossus.

As captain of the elephants, Gajendra is deeply loyal to Alexander, the great soldier who plucked him from obscurity. But just when all he has dreamed of is within his grasp, he faces a terrible choice.

Betray his beloved general – or betray his soul.

Colossus is a stirring tale of immense evil, pitiless gods and burning cities, of dwarves, priestesses and kings, and of a mysterious bond between a man and a wild animal. It is a story of power, destiny and ambition set against the warp of history.

"...a writer in the same bare-knuckled school as Simon Scarrow, Steven Pressfield, and Ben Kane." - Steve Donoghue

Colin Falconer is the author of over a dozen historical novels that have been translated into 23 languages.

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Book 1: Silk Road
Book 2: Harem
Book 3: A Vain and Indecent Woman
Book 4: Cleopatra: Daughter of the Nile
Book 5: Aztec
Book 6: Stigmata
Book 7: East India
Book 8: A Great Love of Small Proportion

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The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane (published by Lake Union)
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Lucifer Falls (published by Little, Brown London)
Innocence Dies (published by Little, Brown London)

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A helluva great read! Alexander Cole has unleashed all the gods of war in this thrilling adventure! . . . A young captain of elephants who seeks heroism at all costs, and discovers the face of pure evil staring back through the flames of vanquished citadels. Part romance, part orgy of violence, the author skillfully brings to life a vibrant and exotic historical period. I can't wait for the sequel." - Noble Smith

"A fantastic read." - Wilbur Smith

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Used availability for Colin Falconer's Colossus

Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback

Title: Colossus: A Novel
Author(s): Colin Falconer
ISBN: 1-250-05083-9 / 978-1-250-05083-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : Paperback

Publisher: Independently published
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition

Title: Colossus: A Novel
Author(s): Colin Falconer
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2014 : USA Audio CD

Title: Colossus
Author(s): Colin Falconer
ISBN: 1-4906-8332-1 / 978-1-4906-8332-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Publisher: Skyview Publishing
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