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1.  Ashok K Banker - [Krishna Coriolis 01] - Slayer of Kamsa

Forewarned by a prophecy, the demonic King Kamsa orders every new born to be put to the sword. But even in the womb, the unborn Krishna uses powerfulmagic to cast a spell across the entire kingdom on the night of his birth. Thestage is set for the epic clash of the childgod and the terrible forces of evilwith the birth of Krishna, the slayer of Kamsa ... The fantastic adventures ofthe Hindu god Krishna have entertained and inspired people for millennia.Playful cowherd, mischievous lover, feared demon-slayer - the legendaryexploits of this super-being in human form rival the most rousing fantasy epics.





2. Ashok K Banker - [Krishna Coriolis 02] - Dance of Govinda

The tamer of Putana, the god-child, the redeemer of the world, theSlayer of Kamsa, dances with abandon amidst his own As we move into the secondinstalment of Ashok K. Banker s Krishna tales, the prophesied Slayer of Kamsahas been born and smuggled out of Mathura in the dead of the night. Kamsa findsthat his nephew has escaped and flies into a demoniac rage. Meanwhile, his evilally Jarasandha of Magadha arrives in Mathura with his coterie of powerfulsupporters to ensure that Kamsa stays loyal to him. But Kamsa is not to becrushed. With the help of Putana, a powerful demoness living incognito amonghumans, he slowly regains his strength and acquires new powers. In Book 2 of the Krishna Coriolis series, Ashok K. Banker retells the legendary exploits ofthe Preserver in his most lovable avatar, bringing alive the majesty andsplendour of ancient India and the high drama of its epics.





3.    Ashok K Banker - [Krishna Coriolis 03] - Flute of Vrindavan
The notorious stealer of dahi, the naughty god-child, the Preserverhimself, wields the flute to make evil dance to his tunes Infant Krishna andhis half-brother Balarama are the most mischievous children in all ofGokuldham, getting up to all sorts of pranks, raiding neighbours dahi handisand letting the calves run free. But disciplining God Incarnate is no easytask. It slowly dawns on Mother Yashoda that the babe she is trying to protectis in fact the protector of the entire world! As little Krishna survives onehorrific asura attack after the other, she comes to terms with the trueidentity of her adopted son. Meanwhile, Kamsa deals with his frustration at notbeing able to kill the Slayer by building his own powers and skill tosuperhuman proportions, mastering a deadly war game and becoming a championwrestler. With Jarasandha s aid, Kamsa despatches a team of otherworldly assassins to slay the Slayer. Harried by Kamsa s forces, Krishna s adoptivefather, the peace-loving Nanda Maharaja, is forced to lead his people intoexile. They find safe haven in idyllic Vrindavan. But even in this paradise,deadly demons lurk ... Book 3 of the Krishna Coriolis series brings alive the childhood of the Preserver in his enchanting Krishna avatar, fraught withperil, but also drenched in the love of his parents and neighbours.





4.    Ashok K Banker - [Krishna Coriolis 04] - Lord of Mathura

A gopa against a king, a nephew against his uncle - the Slayer of Kamsareturns to Mathura to fulfil the prophecy in the fourth book of the KrishnaCoriolis Series As Krishna grows into manhood, Kamsa grows ever more desperateto kill his nemesis. With Jarasandha's aid, the rakshasa king launches arelentless campaign of demonic assaults against Krishna and his fellowVrishnis. Young gopi Radha realizes that Krishna cannot possibly return herlove when the fate of all humankind is in his hands. Using wily machinations,Kamsa forces his nephew to return to the city of this birth and the stage isset for the showdown between the boy-god and the Lord of Mathura.





5.    Ashok K. Banker - MAHABHARATA SERIES BOOK#1_ (MBA)TheForest of Stories
The forest of stories, Book One in Ashok Banker's long-awaited 'MBA'Series, takes us deep into the haunted jungle of Naimishavan.





6.    Ashok K. Banker - MAHABHARATA SERIESBOOK#2_(MBA) The Seeds of War
The Seeds of War, Book Two in Ashok Banker’s “MBA” series, introduces usto the elder protagonists of the epic, as well as some of the great loves andlusts, friendships and enmities, politics and self-sacrifice that will lay theseeds that will eventually fester and erupt into the mother of all wars. Atfirst it may seem that the journey is the reward, with seemingly unrelated lovestories, fantastical tales of exploits in the heavenly realms, divine pacts anddemoniac trysts. But it soon becomes evident that all these form a tapestry revealingthe grandeur and glamour of the Kuru Bharata race itself, the growingdescendants of the original tribe that established perhaps the greatest andoldest human civilization ever known in recorded history. Their loves andenmities are epic, their stories astonishing, their personalities mercurial.Every page you turn reveals magical new thrills and wonders. As onelarger-than-life personality after another strides onstage, the drama ratchetsup to thriller level, the arrow swarms begin to fly and conflicts turn ugly asthe author of the Ramayana Series once again proves himself the master of epics.





7.    Ashok K. Banker - (Ramayana Series # 1) PRINCEOF DHARMA


8.    Ashok K. Banker - (Ramayana Series # 2) PRINCE IN EXILE


9.    Ashok K. Banker - (Ramayana Series # 3) PRINCE AT WAR


10.  Ashok K. Banker - (Ramayana Series # 4) KING OF DHARMA


11.  Ashok K. Banker - Blood red saree
India's first all-women action thriller series that all but replaces oestrogen with adrenalin Missing social activist Lalima has picked three women to carry out the task she was unable to finish - Sheila,the owner of an all-women's gym in Kolkata; Nachiketa, an attorney in Delhi whois suing her in-laws for the violent abuse that left her wheelchair-bound forlife; and Malayali private investigator Anita, whose own brothers are out toget her. Lalima's adversaries use influence and hired killers to track down allthose who have been sent incriminating evidence against them, forcing Sheila,Nachiketa Anita to battle for survival even as they race against time to understandthe import of the documents they have received. Spanning the murky underbellyof the country's metropolises and the international human trafficking mafia,Blood Red Sari is a pulse-pounding action thriller with a feminist punch.








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Amba and Bhishma by Ashok K Banker

The image of Bhishma, grand old patriarch of the Puru dynasty in the Mahabharata, is one of self-sacrifice, wisdom, and gravitas. But long before he became that majestic whitebearded patriarch, he was a robust young man, as virile and earthy as anyone else. And in that youth, he once came close to loving and being loved by a woman. Close enough to breaking his terrible vow of lifelong celibacy? Perhaps, perhaps not. This rarely-told tale narrates the story of young Bhishma and the princess Amba, the circumstances that led to their meeting and the brief intense time they spent together. That their love story had no happy ending is a foregone conclusion: it did not even come close to consummation. But that itself is the beauty of this tale of a bygone age and culture. A love story about two unfortunate people, beautiful and proud and god-like in their own way, and the romance that flowered briefly between them, never to be nurtured into its full flourish. Another precious trinket stolen from the pages of Ashok’s Mahabharata Series.








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Ganga and Shantanu by Ashok K. Banker

A king of a powerful race in an ancient age falls in love with a woman. What he does not realize is that she is no ordinary woman, she is the incarnation of the great Mother-Goddess, River Ganga herself. Compelled to take human form for one lifetime as the result of a curse, she must commit a series of terrible unspeakable acts in order to free herself from the curse and return to her true state. The curse forbids her from confiding in her human husband, who is unable to comprehend why she must act so cruelly. Finally, her awful tasks completed, she returns to the natural state of water whence she came. But she cannot abandon her human lover without one final gift, the gift of a son and a most unusual son at that. This story and the events it sets into motion, set the stage for the great war and clan-conflict at the Centre of the great epic story-cycle of the Mahabharata. But in itself, it is also a beautiful and heart-breaking, yet ultimately inspiring tale of love beyond boundaries and forms. Retold by Ashok in his Mahabharata Series, this stolen tale of love and loss will break your heart, even as it reveals a facet of love rarely witnessed by mortal eyes.








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Satyavati and Shantanu by Ashok K. Banker

The figure of Bhishma looms large in the world’s largest epic, the Mahabharata. Young Devavrata, son of King Shantanu and the late Queen Ganga, has never forgotten his mother’s final words urging him to serve his father and ensure his happiness. After years of pitiful grieving, when Shantanu’s damaged heart finally reawakens and begins to stir with love for another woman, Devavrata is the happiest of all. When the king’s love for the fisher chief’s daughter Satyavati blooms into full-blown passion, not only Devavrata but the entire kingdom is thrilled: finally their beloved king will find happiness again. But an unrelenting condition placed by the fisher chief makes it nigh impossible for Shantanu to seal the match. When Devavrata realizes that his father is willing to sacrifice his last chance at happiness for him, he himself steps forward to offer a terrible vow and sacrifice, one that will change not only his life but the course of history itself.















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Shakuntala and Dushyanta by Ashok K. Banker

The classic tale of Shakuntala and Dushyanta has enthralled Indians for millennia. The subject of the great Sanskrit play by Kalidasa and influencer of a thousand love stories in films, television shows and novels, this almost-tragedy captures the unusual pairing of a rustic sage's daughter and the arrogant young king who falls passionately in love with her only to forget her once he returns to his kingdom or has he truly forgotten? As much a drama with a twist in its tale as a romance of manners, the great romance of Shakuntala and Dushyanta remains an enduring love story as well as a fascinating portrait of a long-lost age. Now retold in Ashok's inimitable epic style, this short novella also forms a part of the larger epic Mahabharata Series.












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Devayani, Sharmishtha and Yayat by Ashok K. Banker

One of the least-known, yet most poignant love stories, is the tale of Devayani, daughter of Shukracharya, Guru of the Asuras and Kacha son of Brihaspati, Guru of the Devas. The Devas or Gods of the Vedic age were eternal enemies of the Asuras or Demonic races. How could the son of the preceptor of the Gods possibly hope to find love and happiness with the daughter of the preceptor of the Demons? Yet love flowers in the unlikeliest places and so Kacha and Devayani began to dream the impossible dream. Their love was doomed to end tragically but the how and wherefore of the tragedy is what makes their story so unforgettable. But the story doesn't end there. Instead, it segues (after a gap of a few years) into another, the love triangle of Devayani, her former friend Sharmishtha and the man they both loved, Yayati. After a quarrel with her friend Sharmishtha, Devayani used her father's influence and power to force her friend Sharmishtha to live out the rest of her life as Devayani's personal maidservant. One day Devayani found herself trapped at the bottom of a well deep in the forest. Soon after, a stranger wandering through the forest, chanced across her. On learning that he was Yayati, king of a powerful nation, she blackmailed him into a relationship. But unknown to Devayani, Yayati fell in love with Sharmishtha, resulting in a love triangle that presages the plots of countless present-day soap operas. Read on to see how Ashok's storytelling shines brilliant light upon this gem pried loose from the mosaic of his own Mahabharata Series.









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Hi I am adding the balance 4 books of the Krishna Coriolis Series and two additional books which I have as given below in the following thread

Krishna Coriolis Series (four books already posted here so posting only the next 4)
05 Rage of Jarasandha - Ashok K. Banker
06 Fortress of Dwarka - Ashok K. Banker
07 Rider of Garuda - Ashok K Banker
08 Lord of Vaikunta - Ashok K Banker

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Vertigo - Ashok Banker
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Krishna Coriolis 05 Rage of Jarasandha - Ashok K. Banker


Continuing exactly where the previous book Lord of Mathura left off, Ashok Banker continues to follow Krishna-Balaram's journey from simple cow herds to being Lords of Mathura. The story here focuses mainly on the way Krishna and Balaram tackle the threat to Mathura imposed by Jarasandha's 23 Aksohinis after Kamsa's slaying.

The language of the book and especially the taut storytelling which was characteristic of the previous books is missing here especially with even some very crude language being hinted upon at times. The editor seemed to be on a holiday also and it seemed that the story was stretched to fill in the pages. The book definitely redeemed itself slightly with the original treatment given to the story though.

I am fast losing interest with the series as the writing has deteriorated considerably over the last 2 books. Will probably give the next one in the series a last chance. Pains me to say that this is another series with immense potential probably wasted

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Krishna Coriolis 06 Fortress of Dwarka - Ashok K. Banker


Jarasandha’s relentless attacks threaten Mathura’s very existence. With the aid of a talented young architect Krishna builds a great fortress-city in the middle of the ocean and transports the entire population of Mathura in the blink of an eye. Finally, the Yadavas enjoy an era of peace. But a new challenge beckons: Krishna’s eternal soul-mate has taken birth on the mortal plane to be with him. No sooner has Krishna found her than he finds that she is being used as bait in a deadly trap.

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Edited by booklover1980 at 22-5-2018 05:41 PM

Krishna Coriolis 07 Rider of Garuda - Ashok K Banker


Even as Jarasandha’s virulent attacks continue unabated, the Lord of Dwarka must ensure the safety of his subjects and uphold the dignity of his title in the seventh book of the Krishna Coriolis Series

Newly married and seeking only to dwell in peace, Krishna is shaken when he learns that his greatest challenge still awaits him. With the help of powerful forces, Jarasandha has summoned Narakasura, the demon lord of hell himself. Tens of thousands of mortal women fall prey to this new menace, even as Krishna is forced to defend his honour and go on the most pointless quest imaginable: the search for a missing jewel! Krishna finally assumes his true form as the master of the great and powerful Garuda and prepares to rid the world of evil, once and for all.

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