- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Westland (25 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8193432029
- ISBN-13: 978-8193432020
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
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He can battle any enemyâexcept his own family
Ashoka has been dispatched to accompany his brother Sushim to Taxila. But when he sees the brutality and disrespect to Mauryavansh by the Pashtun rebels, he cannot stay silent. His sword is as quick as his temper, and the result is swift and bloody justice. Taxila is savedâbut the Emperor is furious.
Emperor Bindusara, egged on by his favorite queen, Noor Khorasan, becomes convinced that Ashokaâs show of initiative is an act of treason. Even the wise words of nonagenarian Kautilya, emerging from retirement, fall on deaf ears. Queen Khorasanâs well-mounted plot to control the empire sweeps up everyone who opposes her. Suddenly, Ashoka is forced to choose between his motherâs life and his own. What will the young prince do?
Indiaâs epic storyteller brings alive the battles, brutality, lust and politics of ancient India in vivid detail with thrilling action, and no-holds-barred storytelling. Relive the extraordinary life story of Indiaâs greatest emperor as a young man in Ashoka: Satrap of Taxila.
Ashok Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over 50 published books ranging from non-fiction, mythological retellings, historical and literary fiction to crime, mystery, thrillers, romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror. His hugely successful Ramayana Series is credited with having launched the genre of English-language mythological retellings and influenced an entire generation of authors. Over 3 million copies of his books have been sold in 18 languages, 58 countries and in eBook editions. As a journalist, he broke front-page news stories for Times of India and Outlook. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India?s first TV series in English and co-created and co-wrote Malaysia?s first TV series in English, as well as several other hit shows. Born in Mumbai, Ashok is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage and lived in India for over 51 years. He now resides in Los Angeles.