Persistence and Doubt Parallel to Oncoming Terrorist Cataclysm?

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Harry Truman has said, 'All news is history you donÂ?t know.' It may well be true of the novel, 'Persistence and Doubt,' which begins with a bang when it describes the horror of how Atlantis ends.

As in everything, there are consequences, and there are descendants. It is these the book occupies itself with. In a way, it is like a brand new start for the world. Something we might have to face after the terrorists are done.

There is Davob, a dreamer-designer, who builds the first birch bark canoe a man can carry to the water by himself. He also builds a solstice center for determining the seasonal temperatures, and the first log cabin on the continent. From time immemorial, there has been the villain, in this instance, Kado, who tries to destroy everything good that Davob creates. And so you have what has ever been and will ever be: the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly.

There is Meena, the shaman of the community, who teaches Davob to develop his inner powers, for it is not enough to be good and to have vision. One must also have power—because evil always lurks in the shadows. There is beautiful Ceresis, a young student with whom Davob falls in love—for, without love, where is our future?

There are many fascinating characters and struggles in this visionary tale, and its interest to us, aside from it being a fascinating story, is that, much as we might not like to face it, in addition to being entertained, we can learn much from this work. For, when you break things down to their common denominator, everything is about someone trying to create something that will help the world, and someone—or something—trying to destroy it. How this book deals with the subject will not only entertain us—it will give us enlightenment.

“In essence, Persistence and Doubt … delves into all that people could do – if only they knew they could.” “A real tasty dish.” -- The Bellingham Herald.

This is a first novel by Marvin Southcott, Professor Emeritus from WWU, Bellingham, WA. He worked as a practicing Industrial Designer and a teacher. He designed, among other things, the first solid-state television tape recorder and the first portable video recorder on the market. He's had articles published in professional publications and, in the area of teaching, Marvin's talent for design led to his writing internal publication instructional materials for the Maryland Institute. He has taught and lectured in several European countries as well as in Canada. In the field of writing, his short-short titled Indian Steel placed third in a Byline Magazine competition. He also does various creative designs and has watercolor paintings on exhibit in his hometown, and two of the series took first and second prizes in local competitions.

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ISBN 1-4137-5543-7

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