The Silent Drum

By Neil H. Swanson
THIS is one of a series of novels which the author has planned, and of which he has already written two or three, dealing with the slow, faltering development of pioneer America. In this instance he deals with a period some ten years before the Revolution on the Virginian and Pennsylvanian frontier. His book is admirably documented and singularly lacking in the pseudo wisdom of hindsight. He presents with clarity the contusions of a disturbed period. And his characters, if not always wholly convincing, are persons who maintain your interest. The jacket tells us that Mr. Swanson is in the process of writing thirty historical novels and at the same time is managing editor of the Baltimore Evening Sun. What a man!
R. E. D.