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Nice reviw for “By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World”

By book blogger “Mrs. C.”


My Thoughts

About the time I discovered my grandfather’s role in WWI, I received a request from this author to review this beautiful novel set during The Great War.  Author Roy Griffis has the rare talent of writing vividly descriptive narrative which places the reader inside the scene as a nonparticipating character.  His impeccable research has allowed this novel to be compared to Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms.

This novel begins on the battlefield during the Christmas Day truce, and takes off like a bullet thereafter.  Charlotte, a nurse, physically cares for Robert, an officer, man of mystery, and eventually emotionally cares for him.  Charlotte longs for him, and he her, the only bright spot in their war.  Eventually, they part, but not their hearts.  Even in deepest despair, Robert remembers the giver of a cross he wears around his neck.

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Nice Review for “Into the Flames”

Roy M. Griffis’ By the Hands of Men

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I’ve complained a bit lately (“lately,” you say?) about the various horse-puckey mechanisms that encourage Americans to ignore all but the most formulaic and famous of our national fiction. But part of this is perhaps the fault of writer-reviewers; even if we produce novels ourselves, we both avoid and screw up fiction reviews, because they are hard (and also not conducive to clickbait, you barnyard Internet animals).

The more enthused a reviewer is about a piece of fiction, ya see, the less we want to spoil its surprises—be they plot twists, turns of phrase, or a sweet new massage of a time-honored theme. We know the writer worked hard to come up with that left turn, dammit. Thus we overcompensate, giving the reader only the vaguest idea of why he would profit from the story, and the writer’s hard work is all for nought.

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Your Saintly Abuela Knows Best

Hillary Clinton’s Hispandering is tone-deaf as usual, and as usual, LibProgs give her a free pass on the sorts of statements that would make LibProg heads explode if uttered by an Evil Republican(tm). Like this: “She knows what’s best.”   How much more materalistic/paternalistic can you get ? This multi-millionaire, who hasn’t driven her own car in nearly a decade, knows better than me (or you) about, well, everything (climate change, email server security, gun deaths, etc), so don’t worry your pretty little head about it and just do what you’re told, mija.

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Covering Thoughts

The cover of Into the Flames, Book Two of my By the Hands of Men series is, like the first book, designed and executed by the ridiculously talented Kia Heavey.  No, I’m not exaggerating about her talents.  She plays the bagpipes, she’s a wicked graphics artist, and she’s a hell of a writer (I highly recommend her YA novel Underlake).

Kia was the one who recommended looking for an image to represent Robert Fitzgerald.  In her opinion, having a central image to tie the cover together would make it more effective.  I have to admit, I was hesitant…finding the photo of Nurse Florence Ethel Spalding, a strikingly beautiful woman (who actually worked in a field hospital at Gallopoli in WWI) was such a stroke of luck, I thought it would be a fool’s errand to even try to repeat the process.  I was forgetting, however, that coincidence and luck are God’s way of remaining anonymous.


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Self-Awareness Fail of the Century

If you don’t already follow Jim Treacher on Twitter, you should. Please rectify the situation.

Jim has simply been retweeting the loving, unifying tweets going out under the puke-inducing “love wins” hashtag. Let’s just say that “marriage” isn’t the only word that has been redefined by the Rainbow Fascists.

Screen grabs below but do visit Treacher’s Twitter feed to see more.

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Sabo soars to new heights of greatness

If you don't already follow the work of guerrilla street artist "Sabo," you must begin doing so immediately. Manifestly talented, he is also something rare in today's culture: an artist who recalls the true purpose of art, which is to challenge society and make people think.

Please click here to read details about the magnificence of his latest stunt. He created and placed 16 posters along Sunday's LA Marathon route. Each poster was a mile marker, and each represented another "grim milestone" of President Obama's oppressive and corrosive tenure in office.

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Time to start using the “F word”

The U.S. is in full-blown crisis, but eerily, no one is talking about it. The shiny object on the news this morning is a dress that changes colors. If that doesn’t distract enough people, the media has even begun desperately admitting that ISIS is chopping off heads in Syria. Anything to misdirect the masses while full-on fascism takes hold of the Land of the Free.


That’s right, I said it. Fascism. To be sure, the fascism of Obama’s America has replaced the 20th century nationalism aspect with racialism and other grievance identities – generations of anti-American schooling have left citizens with nothing but negative feelings for their homeland – but the division of human beings into superficial groupings is a classic feature of fascism. Balkanization and anti-patriotic conditioning have left few people who care enough to defend the U.S.

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