School children in many lands have heard of Hannibal, the general out of Carthage who took an army and elephants over the Alps and down the back side of his mortal enemy, Rome. Author GJ Berger transports the reader into the heart and mind of Hannibal's lead elephant driver and into the spirit of his magnificent elephant. As with Berger's debut historical fiction novel, "South of Burnt Rocks West of The Moon", the places, tides of history, and main encounters in "Four Nails" are all true, laced with rich details from a life-time of research into an engrossing and deeply satisfying story previously lost to the fog of history.
"Epic historical fiction....A highly entertaining, sophisticated look at the Second Punic War through the eyes of an unlikely hero." Kirkus Review, Nov. 15, 2013.
One of only "Four beautiful, pack-your-suitcase worthy reads for summer vacation. . . . Four Nails is a big book packed with history and adventure." Huffington Post, April 2016
"Fast paced and richly entertaining . . . [with] a love story . . . natural rather than forced is just an added bonus." Historical Novel Society "Recommended" review, 2016.
"FOUR NAILS is many things, all of them topnotch, . . . a love story, a couple of them, actually, both unconventional—between a boy and his magnificent war elephant and also for the unattainable and untouchable girl, . . . [an] epic tale of a lost Indian boy trying find his way back home." Dan Pollock, former Los Angeles Times Syndicate Editor, Amazon Reviewer, 2017.