by Richard French
Warfare… the Fight Against a Predatory Cult: Coping in Times of Crisis
“In the Time of the Scythians” centers on the efforts of the editor Stephanie Markham and Paul Kingsley, one of her writers, to bring his collection of stories and novellas together into a series of novels. They also take part in a campaign to thwart a destructive cult.
Paul Kingsley’s writing emphasizes the effects of two wars – one in 17th century America, the other more recent – on the lives of ordinary people involved in them. Some of his stories are included in this novel.
Reading and experience have taught Kingsley that warfare and oppression have always been part of the human story. What can a private citizen do to change the situation? Not much, he decides. But ordinary people can tell about what they’ve seen and what they know. They can be witnesses.
“In the Time of the Scythians”, also includes Kingsley’s first novella – a diary written in 17th century America in which the widow Sarah Latham describes a trip she took with her niece Annette through territory where natives and English colonists fought a bitter war. Sarah’s husband was a high-ranking officer in the campaign and Annette lost family members because of the fighting.
This is the first novel in a series of five called “Witnesses” that highlights the intelligence, courage, and hardihood of ordinary people as they cope with crises they didn’t create and can’t resolve on their own.
If you’d like to read a fictional exploration of aspects of what it’s like to be American, check out this novel now as an ebook.