But by the Chance of War is a uniquely different type of book. Between its covers, the book presents four dramatic stories of war from India’s fight with the Ephthalite Huns, to the Fall of Fort Niagara in the Seven Years War, to the trenches of World War I, and finally to modern-day circumstances and actions in the Middle East. Author Richard C. Lyons takes a creative approach to presenting his stories by writing in a dramatic poetic style. A project that took years to complete, it captures readers and takes them through the ages presenting the similar issues and strife of four different global conflicts in history. Each story also looks at the religions governing at the time in the regions in question, and how those beliefs impact the decisions made. As we look at history and how it has shaped us, how will we move forward in an age when technology and weaponry are meant to destroy everything in their path?