By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames

By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames

by Roy M Griffis

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ISBN-13: 9781492849278
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2015
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 963,819
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

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.

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By the Hands of Men Book Two: Into the Flames 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
‘Into the Flames’ is the second book in the ‘By the Hands of Men’ series and picks up the story where the first book ends. I had the pleasure of reviewing Griffis’ previous work and therefore expected much from the sequel. The cover design sticks faithfully to the graphical format of the first novel, this time with a portrait of a soldier against a backdrop of events of the time. Initially I was absorbed by the developing story of Charlotte as she travelled through Europe to reach her homeland of Russia. By contrast, the parallel story of Robert Fitzgerald was more protracted and caused the momentum to sag a little. The author displayed an admirable geographical knowledge of London streets but then rather let the side down by allowing British characters to use American-English terms such as; ‘fall’, ‘sidewalk’ and ‘railroads’. Also I would question the slightly liberal use of the appellations ‘Lord’ and ‘Lady’. However, whilst those small points may well irritate some British readers, they will be largely irrelevant to a wider audience. As with the first novel, this work is well-written with thought-provoking descriptive passages and a skillful use of literary devices. I again commend the author for doing his historical homework and tackling a complex period of history. For me, this novel is a victim of its own success. I became totally wrapped up in Charlotte’s story and had the book concentrated on her alone, I could have found no reason to award anything less than five stars. However, try as I might, I just couldn’t engage with the same enthusiasm in Robert’s oriental adventure. I’ve no doubt the author put his heart into the entire work with equal measure but the themes of Charlotte’s fight for survival in her homeland and Robert’s service to King and Country in China, didn’t really impact equally, making the end result rather unbalanced. Undoubtedly it was hugely advantageous to have read the first book in the series, as this novel would struggle to stand alone in spite of the reader being drip-fed some backstory. It was necessary to know the main protagonists’ shared history to understand why this book contained two separate storylines. In spite of my observations, this was an enjoyable read and I look forward to finding out what happens next. If you are a fan of this genre, I recommend this work as a follow on from the first book and award ‘Into the Flames’ four stars.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
By The Hands Of Men Book 2: Into The Flames, picks up where the first book left off. Robert is still healing from his sickness and is also dealing with the loss of Charlotte, whom he thinks is dead. Charlotte has been swept into a world of death when she is one of the only survivors of a train slaughter, due to the fact she is a nurse. She is in the hands of the enemy and is being used for her skills. All she wanted was to find her family, all he wanted was her. She departs on her own journey, while he departs on his. This story was just as amazing as the first. It shows how Robert and Charlotte are dealing with the new lives they have been dealt and what it takes to survive a country hardened and torn apart by war. The only thing they don’t have is each other. This book was filled with mystery and a whole lot of action. It was written very well and was a great continuation of the first book. I’m glad Charlotte's story happened the way it did, but Robert’s was sad. I hope to read more of both of them in the future since were left with a wide open story-line....Stormi