In a near-future America under tyranny all God-given rights are denied, and brutal injustice cuts human nature to the bone exposing both the intoxication of absolute power and the rarest, finest qualities of the most common people. Patrick Paine kills the national police who murder his...
Patrick Timucua Paine: Patrick Timucua Paine is the protagonist, or main character, of this story. He is a teen with the intelligence and courage of a thirty or forty year old man and as mentally and physically tough as any human being can be. Of average size and strength, it is his inner core and the enduring verities living within that makes him unique. It is why grown men and women follow him into battle.
Patrick: Patrick Timucua Paine is the protagonist, or main character, of this story. He is a teen with the intelligence and courage of a thirty or forty year old man and as mentally and physically tough as any human being can be. Of average size and strength, it is his inner core and the enduring verities living within that makes him unique. It is why grown men and women follow him into battle.
Timucua: Patrick’s middle name and in a symbolic way, an alter ego: the warrior within him. The Timucua were a Native American people who were wiped out by Spanish enslavers hundreds of years ago.
Sharon: Sharon is Patrick’s girl friend and a freedom fighter. While open, warm, and giving, she is tough enough to take the hardships of fighting a guerrilla war.
Bart: In his twenties and already a widower, he is a friend, freedom fighter, and Patrick's second in command.
Mr. Ironwood: An elderly friend of Patrick’s and a militia leader. He served in Vietnam with Patrick’s grandfather.
Tel: Another friend of Patrick’s. A freedom fighter who becomes Linda’s lover.
Mathew: A freedom fighter not much older than Patrick. He becomes Patrick’s communications expert.
Raebyrne: A lieutenant in the Department of Dissident Control. A duty-bound, competent, moral man who suffers from being ordered to do things repulsive to his conscience.
Appleton: A sergeant in the Department of Dissident Control and friend of Raebyrne’s
James: A reporter for an underground newspaper popular with the resistance.
Maria: A reporter who risks her life when she speaks of liberty and human rights to a government official during a press conference.
Linda: Patrick and Sharon's friend and a freedom fighter. A young woman who is something of an Amazonian. She is tougher than most men.
Garner: The Director of the Department of Dissident Control. When someone mentions human rights, he has an urge is to reach for his pistol.
Voisselle: A captain in the Department of Dissident control. He is Raebyrne and Appleton’s commanding officer and loves killing.
“If the harmless words of the father of my father and the mother of all that I am should prompt you to kill them, let it be known that I, Timucua, will save my breath for the fight. Let the gun speak!”
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