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By The Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World

March 30, 2016
By The Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World
Roy M. Griffis
Historical Fiction
December 25, 2013


Description of the book
Lieutenant Robert Fitzgerald has managed to retain his sanity, his humanity, and his honor during the hell of WWI’s trench warfare. Charlotte Braninov fled the shifting storm of the impending Russian Revolution for the less-threatening world of field camp medicine, serving as a nurse in the most hopeless of fronts. Their friendship creates a sanctuary both could cling to in the most desperate of times. Historical fiction about life, loss, and love, By the Hands of Men explores the power that lies within each of us to harm – or to heal – all those we touch.
My review of By the Hands of Men
I just finished reading a wonderfully well written historical fiction novel. It is set in a French field hospital during World War I. The details of trench warfare and what the conditions were like for both the soldiers and the doctors and nurses who tried to put them back together were incredible. Great attention to details of the time period. The social prodicals, the way people of different ethniticity reacted to the current events were very realistically portrayed.
I saved the best for last. His characters are beautifully crafted. Charlotte, the Russian nurse is someone we get to see evolve from a naive young girl to a very well respected accomplished physicians assistant. We get to see how she hardens and matures because of the things she sees and has to do during the Great War. We see the friendships that are forged under the worst conditons. We also watch as a friendship with Mr. Fitzgerald turns into  forbidden love.
This is a very well crafted story. If you are a fan of historical fiction, as I am, you will love this book. Give it a try and please let me know what you think of it.
About the author: 

61xK-h626wL._UY200_Roy M. Griffis
Born in Texas City, TX, the son of a career Air Force meteorologist. Attended a variety of schools at all of the hot spots of the nation, such as Abilene, Texas and Bellevue, Nebraska.
Sent to my grandparent’s house in Tuscon, Arizona when things were tough at home. I was pretty damn lost, as my grandparents were largely strangers to me. My older brother, a more taciturn type, refused to discuss what was going on. Fortunately, like so many kids before me, I was rescued by literature. Or, at least, by fiction. In a tiny used bookstore that was just one block up from a dirt road, I discovered that some good soul had unloaded his entire collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter of Mars” series in Ballantine Paperback. Moved by some impulse, I spent my RC Cola money on the first book, “A Princess of Mars.”
I think what struck me was how these books were possessed of magic: they were able to transport me far from this dusty land of relatives who I didn’t know and relatives pretended not to know me to another dusty land of adventure, heroism, nobility, and even love. It was the first magic I’d encountered that wasn’t a patent fraud, and when I closed the stiff paperback with the lurid images on the cover, I decided it was the kind of magic I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to mastering. And, thus, I was saved.
Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’ve written poems, short stories (twice runner-up in the Playboy college fiction contest), plays (winning some regional awards back East and a collegiate Historical Play-writing Award), and screenplays. I’m a member of the WGAw, with one unproduced screenplay sold to Fox Television.
Along the way, I’ve done the usual starving artist jobs. Been a janitor, a waiter, a clerk in a bookstore. I was the 61st Aviation Rescue Swimmer in the Coast Guard (all that Tarzan reading wasn’t wasted). I’m also not a bad cook, come to think of it.
Currently, I’m a husband, father, and cat-owner. I’m an avid bicyclist and former EMT. I live in Southern California with my lovely wife. My friends call me “Griff,” my parents call me “Roy,” and my college-age son calls me “Dadman.” It’s a good life.
By the Hands of Men, Book Three: “The Wrath of a Righteous Man” will be released in May, 2016.

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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