In the Time of the Scythians (Witnesses Book 1)

In the Time of the Scythians (Witnesses Book 1)

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.


About Richard French

Richard French was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942. He decided when he was in the 8th grade that fiction writing would be at the center of his life. He has written more than a dozen novels now available on Kindle and as print on demand paperback from Amazon's CreateSpace. His website is

After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served in the American army for four years with almost three as a Lao linguist. He has dabbled in the theatre and worked in the banking business in the Boston area. In later life, he served as a pastor of a Lutheran Church-Canada congregation in Sudbury, Ontario. He now lives in Toronto and works part-time at a mid-town congregation.

Zack Pospieszynski designed book covers for his novels. Zack is former director of Toronto's Peak Gallery and is now Program Director, at an innovative gallery called Matter.

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