It is rare to find an interesting story from ancient Indian history. The known author Ashok K Banker in his 340 page historical fiction Ten Kings brings to you an incident from ancient vedic text of Rig Veda which is now regarded as historical fact by scholars, historians and archaeologists.
Based on a portion of the Rig-Veda the book is a thrilling story of 3400 BCE where a tribal chief, Sudasa, and his small valiant clan defended their fertile land of five rivers, which we now called Punjab, against a huge invading force. The invaders were ten kings of neighbouring regions such a Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and the Europrean steppes, Dasarajana as reffered to in Rig Veda.
The place where they fought later became the site of the city of Harappa, possibly the first modern urban center in history, and the nation that was established in that region later came to be called...Bharat. A battle epic that flags off the Itihasa Series retelling major landmarks in the history of the Indian sub-continent.
The battle lasted a single day. It was brutal. swift and cuded in a complete massacre - of the invaders. How did the King Sudas and his outmatched tribe win this impossible battle? Ten Kings unlocks the historic secret. The internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of the Ramayana Series recreates this legendary battle in vivid unforgettable style in his first historical novel.
It is not easy to convert just four-line hymn from Rig Veda into a 340 pages novel. It will be readers' pleasure read someone working so hard to prevent the otherwise forgotten ancient history of Vedic period.