Babylon, 323 BC: Alexander the Great has survived every effort to kill him. Restless, ruthless, he wonders which world to conquer next. He has a new weapon--the war elephants he brought back from India. He also has a conquest in mind--the fabulous empire of Carthage. As Alexander plots, a war elephant disturbs the peace of the camp. Only one young mahout has the courage to stop his killing rampage. And when Alexander notices his bravery, Gajendra begins a meteoric climb through the ranks of the Macedonian army. As captain of the elephants he glimpses the ultimate prize. But to become the heir to Alexander's throne he must betray everything he loves. . . 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.