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By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World Kindle Edition
I rarely interrupt my reading by taking the time to post, but this book deserves a favorable acknowledgement. With such a vivid accounting of history and a most memorable portrayal of characters, I am compelled to continue reading. Thank you Mr. Griffis for such an engaging work of art! -- 5 Stars, Amazon Reviewer
Great historical novel
One of the best historical novels I've read in quite a long time! It is totally believable and takes place during and after World War I. The author manages to capture and hold your attention on every page. The characters become very real and the love story was a plus. This was a great read! I have bought book two! -- 5 Stars, Amazon Reviewer
With elements reminiscent of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms
In the midst of World War I, a relationship develops between an English lieutenant and a young Russian nurse--a surprising tenderness against the backdrop of war...with likable characters, spending more time in the Old World is an appealing prospect. - Kirkus Reviews
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An English Lieutenant and an immigrant Russian nurse meet scarcely a mile from the bloody trenches of World War One France, where they witness the hell that the hands of men can create.
The memory of their brief weeks together will follow them for years as they cross a world staggered by war, revolution, and duplicity. Epic historical fiction, the saga sweeps across four continents in a gripping tale of fate, loss, redemption, and love.
- ASIN : B00GFU6L7A
- Publication date : December 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1942 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,147 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It will save you some reading here if you JUST GET THIS BOOK and then the two following (and the fourth still to come). The story Mr. Griffis has fashioned is fascinating, compelling, heart-warming, heart-breaking and masterfully told. My wife and I (I'm 80-years old; she's at the moment 5 or more years younger) both have developed an engrossing interest in Charlotte and Robert as well as the many other characters who populate their world. The experiences that shape them are so well described that you'll feel yourself at their shoulders being affected right along with them.
I refuse to reveal more; you deserve to rejoice in the privilege Mr. Griffis has extended to us to immerse in this engaging book--and its successors.
I’ve enjoyed each of the books in this series & can highly recommend it to all who enjoy history & adventure, & more than a dash of romance!
I fell in love with the characters. I cared deeply for them.
Never would have thought a book about war would be a page turner for me, but the development of character and crystal clear point by point visual of the setting made it difficult to put down.
A testament to the goodness of the human spirit without being preachy and heavy handed, I have recommended this to many.
I say "done his homework" because he goes into detail about everything from trench warfare, field hospitals, social mores (and boy do these Edwardians have some scruples) nurses etc. without an anachronism at least as I can tell from the first reading. As to his craft the book although peopled with many characters moves with a delightful pace and all of the character are well-defined and when they are about to break into caricature, the author falls back.
If there are two areas where dangers arise for the next two volumes it are these. The tendency for exposition is a bit too great and gets in the way of the story- telling and at times it seems that the author is piling it on lest he forget a fact or is afraid the reader has no imagination. There is one brief scene where the writer has an officer involved in a communal urination with the enlisted men to clear a cannon of mud. It was concise and effective combining the mundane with the comic without being smug. The only other caveat I have is that too much tragedy is happening to too many people, not of course in the theater of war but in its aftermath and especially in London.
All in all, this is an extremely pleasant work, by a fine writer. Now if only he can develop a platform to announce his next work.
Top reviews from other countries
The author sensitively captures the horror of the wounded in WW1 and the strength of those selfless nurses who risked their own lives.
It does end on a cliffhanger, which I usually hte but because of the excellent writing, I won't deduct a star, and I will buy book two.