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One of the best-reviewed war novels in years—SYLLABLES OF RAIN by D. S. Lliteras—earns praise from The Antioch Review

One of the best-reviewed war novels in years—SYLLABLES OF RAIN by D. S. Lliteras—earns praise from The Antioch Review

Posted: 2019/12/09

Garden City Park, NY: Delayed a few months due to a switch of printers, the Summer 2019 issue of the estimable literary publication The Antioch Review has brought forth the following rave from a highly positive review of Rainbow Ridge Books' book with acclaimed novelist and Vietnam War veteran D. S. Lliteras entitled Syllables of Rain (Rainbow Ridge - Square One, dist. / $16.95 USD, ISBN: 978-1937907-5-25):

"[A] tight, poetic, daring little book that offers ample dialogue and sparse prose, punctuated with zen-like koans in the style of the Japanese haibun . . . Lliteras has attempted that rarest of all things literary: a hybrid of poetry and prose in the service of a higher good. Lliteras aims for the stars and delivers, if not the moon, then a compelling, workmanlike journey into the fog of war, and the moral compass of return to the things we love and hold dear. A tale of camaraderie and survival in the face of misery and woe, told like a whisper with the power of a bomb, Syllables of Rain feels like a dream and reads like a prayer."
                                                                                                                         —Jefferson Adams, The Antioch Review

This is only the most recent of various remarkable reviews that this short but vast novel have earned since publication. See below for what else others have said about the book:

"Touching." —Publishers Weekly

"A compact, emotionally charged snapshot of two soldiers trying to make sense of the world around them." Library Journal

"A brilliant work of pure genius." The VVA Veteran

"A book that delivers what is most artful and true in Lliteras' writing." —The MacWire (TMW)

"Touches your heart, expands your empathy, and inspires you to go on." —The Echo World

"A short, poetic, cerebral novel . . . an epiphany of sorts." The Virginian-Pilot

"Both subtly jarring and comforting in nature . . . Lliteras skillfully takes us on a poignant journey." Military Writers Society of America Dispatches (MWSA)

"Offers a glimpse of the struggle many [veterans] seek to overcome."
                                                                          —SEMPER FI (magazine of the Marine Corps League)

"An inherently compelling and fully engaging read from beginning to end."
                                                                                                                                         —Midwest Book Review

"[A] sparse yet vital new novel . . . achieves something far richer than yet another war story."
                                                                                                                                                                   —Literary Heist

The next novel from Lliteras will be the seriocomic noir-esque novel Death Takes a Byline (due out from Rainbow Ridge Books in Summer 2020). To learn more about Mr. Lliteras' work, feel free to click here for a recent article about his life and career.

Syllables of Rain is available now wherever books are sold.