But by the chance of War

"Overall it's a work of great scholarship... A sometimes brilliant and often moving poetic exploration of humanity's warlike ways."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:05:56+00:00

Kirkus Reviews

"Overall it's a work of great scholarship... A sometimes brilliant and often moving poetic exploration of humanity's warlike ways."
"But By the Chance of War is a book that will cause readers to reflect upon emotions and expectations of how they ultimately see the world."
5.0
2016-09-02T11:31:26+00:00

Reader's Favorite

"But By the Chance of War is a book that will cause readers to reflect upon emotions and expectations of how they ultimately see the world."
"An Epic of this magnitude deserves a series of book club discussions, or an entire course for Poetics, Classical Literature, History or Philosophy, it deserves that kind of time, attention and scholarship."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:11:48+00:00

U.S. Reviews of Books

"An Epic of this magnitude deserves a series of book club discussions, or an entire course for Poetics, Classical Literature, History or Philosophy, it deserves that kind of time, attention and scholarship."
"A monumental work...Staggering and impressive unlike anything
of its kind in both Scope and artistic achievement"
5.0
2016-09-02T11:32:15+00:00

Literary lnklings

"A monumental work...Staggering and impressive unlike anything of its kind in both Scope and artistic achievement"
"But By the Chance of War is well worth considering for fans of quality poetry—highly recommended."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:16:32+00:00

Midwest Book Review

"But By the Chance of War is well worth considering for fans of quality poetry—highly recommended."
"A profound examination of the phenomenon of war."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:00:15+00:00

Clarion Book Review

"A profound examination of the phenomenon of war."
5.0
6

Richard Lyons brings his creative talents to an exploration of some of the most vexing and profound questions about war in this imaginative series of epic poems. But by the Chance of War is reminiscent of the great Greek and Roman works. Each of the four parts ranges in setting from ancient India to Colonial American, to battlefields of modern Europe and to a conjectured scene in the contemporary Mid East. Throughout the animated and lyrical writing, Mr. Lyons examines our impulses towards combat and encourages the reader to contemplate the seemingly inexplicable dynamic towards destruction despite our conscious knowledge of war’s ultimate futility. Each play features memorable characters who come to grips with the implication of technological advances that hasten the scope and velocity of casualties as they grapple with the moral questions of individual responsibility, the nature of military leadership, and the impact of the evolution of war on civilizations. Those who join Mr. Lyons on this epic quest will gain new insights into human nature.

Author Interviews

"An Epic of this magnitude deserves a series of book club discussions, or an entire course for Poetics, Classical Literature, History or Philosophy, it deserves that kind of time, attention and scholarship."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:11:48+00:00

U.S. Reviews of Books

"An Epic of this magnitude deserves a series of book club discussions, or an entire course for Poetics, Classical Literature, History or Philosophy, it deserves that kind of time, attention and scholarship."
"But By the Chance of War is a book that will cause readers to reflect upon emotions and expectations of how they ultimately see the world."
5.0
2016-09-02T11:31:26+00:00

Reader's Favorite

"But By the Chance of War is a book that will cause readers to reflect upon emotions and expectations of how they ultimately see the world."
"A profound examination of the phenomenon of war."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:00:15+00:00

Clarion Book Review

"A profound examination of the phenomenon of war."
"Overall it's a work of great scholarship... A sometimes brilliant and often moving poetic exploration of humanity's warlike ways."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:05:56+00:00

Kirkus Reviews

"Overall it's a work of great scholarship... A sometimes brilliant and often moving poetic exploration of humanity's warlike ways."
"But By the Chance of War is well worth considering for fans of quality poetry—highly recommended."
5.0
2016-10-10T14:16:32+00:00

Midwest Book Review

"But By the Chance of War is well worth considering for fans of quality poetry—highly recommended."
"A monumental work...Staggering and impressive unlike anything
of its kind in both Scope and artistic achievement"
5.0
2016-09-02T11:32:15+00:00

Literary lnklings

"A monumental work...Staggering and impressive unlike anything of its kind in both Scope and artistic achievement"
5.0
6