The Novel


“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

The Old World

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.

“A truly remarkable historical novel- so finely rendered in period detail – that the reader becomes one with the plot and characters.” – RICK FRIEDMAN, FOUNDER, THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB (6500+ members)

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11 Responses to The Novel

  1. Nelle Rote says:

    I enjoyed reading every word of this introduction, and am anxious to read the book.

  2. This novel, with its wonderfully vivid period details, put me right into an entirely different world in an entirely different time and made me eager to find out what happens to the Russian nurse. I heartily recommend it. –Lyle Blake Smythers, author of Feasting With Panthers, forthcoming from Pink Narcissus Press in the spring of 2012.

  3. Michelle Vizcarra says:

    This intro sounds soo good! I want to read it!

  4. Griff says:

    Thanks, Michelle. I’m looking forward to your response.

  5. Heidi Shull says:

    I am so excited to read this. kind of unique this came to my attention today being I am now doing a project on World War II so I will get to learn about both! Fabulous! 🙂

  6. Heidi Shull says:

    Ok, don’t be upset over my typo’s. LOL! I forgot to talk about the introduction being so wonderful and intriguing. I got so caught up and excited I do send my apologies, but Mr. Griffis getting somone that excited over the introduction is not a bad thing! 🙂

  7. Griff says:

    Well, if you put it like that…okay, then!

  8. yvonne Johnson says:

    Griff: The introduction sounds great! I’m glad to know that it will be available on E books and later in paperback. I can hardly wait to read the entire book! Yvy

  9. Mike Piro says:

    Griff, Great Intro. Looking forward to reading more.


  10. Emanuele Cantone says:

    I look forward to the experience of reading this book, my first book on Kindle and congratulations for accomplishing this life’s milestone.

  11. Anncan2 says:

    By the Hands of Men is an extraordinary book that captures the heart of the reader. Griff’s use of imagery is remarkable throughout this story. I finished this story having my emotions stirred from one end to the other. Some may call this a historical novel, but history is just the setting. This story brought to life true love, discovered in the midst of difficult circumstances. Not just the happily ever after, fairy-tale type of love, but real, tough, beautiful, everlasting love. I did not just read this story, I experienced it. My heart fluttered with the promise of new love. I felt the cold and filth of the trenches. I felt pain, exhaustion, love, faith, and hope among other things. I was right there with the nurses encouraging them to keep going when it seemed exhaustion would overtake them. I cried, I laughed, I loved. This story is an adventure back in time that I cannot wait to experience again.

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