by Richard French
Battles end, New Generations Emerge, A Cult Meets its Opposition
In “Send Me”, the editor Stephanie Markham gathers the last installments of Paul Kingsley’s stories concerning American wars in the 17th and 20th centuries and concludes her memoir of her part in the struggle against a destructive cult called the Scythians. She also discovers how to resist and drive away the devil that pesters her from time to time.
A main feature of the novel is the stories and novellas of Paul Kingsley, a veteran, teacher, journalist, and father of three. Adopted into a quintessentially middle class American family when he was an infant, he learned in his early 20’s that his biological father was an ideologue who revived the Scythian cult that has plans to reform society by tyranny. The news about his origins shocked Kingsley deeply. He felt a need to separate himself from his father’s designs and affirm his American identity, so he joined the American army at the start at the start of a war in Asia, a decision that leads him to become the kind of witness he believes a healthy society needs.
“Send Me” describes Kingsley’s last encounter with the Scythians and their present leader, Bertram Hungerford. The novel also includes three novellas: one describes the end of a war between natives and colonists in the 1670’s, the other tells about native people in the aftermath of the war, while the third recounts how Paul Kingsley’s son fights the Scythians.
Like other novels in the "Witnesses" series, this one explores the ability of powerless people to cope with big challenges they didn't create and can't resolve on their own. “Send Me” portrays the common desire to be active and our capacity to deepen understanding and share with others what we’ve learned.
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