The Benjamin Drum Trilogy

3 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

The Summer Boy Publisher's Summary

Deposited by his dysfunctional city parents for the summer with his eccentric Aunt Mary in a remote Appalachian cove, Benjamin Drum runs away, farther than he ever intended, closer home than he ever imagined. Lost between the mountains, Ben wanders into a strange new world where he is befriended and pursued by beings human and non-human, malevolent and merciful. Before he finds his way back to Mary, he finds himself. 

The Summer Boy is a genre-defying work, written in a style that falls somewhere between Ron Rash and Neil Gaiman, bright and shining as a summer day, dark and deep as a coal mine.

Author royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Saluda Community Land Trust.

©2013 Henry Mitchell (P)2016 Henry Mitchell
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  • Book 1

    • The Summer Boy

    • (Benjamin Drum Trilogy) Volume 1
    • By: Henry Mitchell
    • Narrated by: Wayne Paige
    • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Deposited by his dysfunctional city parents for the summer with his eccentric Aunt Mary in a remote Appalachian cove, Benjamin Drum runs away, farther than he ever intended, closer home than he ever imagined. Lost between the mountains, Ben wanders into a strange new world where he is befriended and pursued by beings human and non-human, malevolent and merciful. Before he finds his way back to Mary, he finds himself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Well crafted, but probably not for everyone

    • By AdaChaDad on 07-14-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Between Times

    • (Benjamin Drum Trilogy) Volume 2
    • By: Henry Mitchell
    • Narrated by: Wayne Paige
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Spanning three continents and half a century, this is the second in the series of books charting Benjamin Drum's life. Between Times traces the lives and wanderings of the families along Sorrow Creek in mythical Marshall County, North Carolina. Fans of The Summer Boy will delight to recognize some familiar characters and discover new ones to love among other mountains where Drum grows up and the Laurel remains as elusive and hidden as it is real and powerful.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mark Twain like story but kind of dry

    • By TU on 08-01-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Laurel Falls

    • The Benjamin Drum Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Henry Mitchell
    • Narrated by: Wayne Paige
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Laurel Falls, the third book in the Benjamin Drum trilogy, brings the wandering protagonist home to find himself at last, and a new generation takes up his quest for the Real. Some familiar characters and a few fresh faces throng together to complicate and resolve Drum's journey. Love prevails and unity is restored, but not without some spell-binding and spell-breaking trials and errors. Secrets are bared and riddles solved, but during the last minute, the High Balsams, mountains mysterious and alluring, still loom constant over all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Story Complete?

    • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 08-24-17

    Regular price: $19.95