by Richard French
Gray Cloud said: “I’ll do what I can to make the woodland a happy place to be.”
This is the fourth volume in a series called "Witnesses". It consists of several narratives that have to do with warfare and the aftermath of war.
The editor Stephanie Markham continues her search for framing narratives to accompany stories by the writer Paul Kingsley. She also keeps on with her campaign to end the influence of a noxious cult called the Scythians and its leader Bertram Hungerford, who has taken a shine to her. Along the way, she participates in two military operations against the Scythians. To complicate the challenges she takes on, one of Hungerford's henchmen steals a part of her memoir and the stories she's now editing and works on them himself.
"Witnesses and Troublemakers" also continues the story of Paul Kingsley, his family, and their own troubles with Hungerford.
The novel includes four of Kingsley's stories about ordinary people coping with the traumas of war. The longest of them tells the story of a 17th century war between natives and English colonists from the point of view of Gray Cloud, a native observer who came to dislike the man who led the battle against English intruders.
The stories in this novel show ordinary people coping with crisis situations and then telling about their experiences and what they learned.
If you like novels about America’s wars and their effects on people who get involved with them, check out “Witnesses and Troublemakers”. It’s available as paperback and ebook, both from Amazon.