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Publisher's Summary

The Civil War has beaten down Jeb Patton beyond the point of mere exhaustion. Only the precious memories of the girl he left behind sustains him as he fights on. He should have died countless times as he fought for Southern Cause and Jeb knows his luck is running mighty low. Fate catches up to him one night near a no-name town somewhere in war-torn Arkansas. Instead of waking up in the arms of an angel, he wakes up in a medical tent - his right leg gone. With this blow Jeb loses the desire to live, until he meets a man even more severely injured than himself. Taking strength from this unfortunate fellow soldier's misery, the newly discharged Jeb makes plans to head home.
It's not an easy road, and Jeb is hampered by his injuries, the dangers of bushwackers and Union soldiers who are raiding the countryside. Ironically Jeb befriends an old slave - now a runaway heading north to freedom. Together they stand a better chance of surviving the chaos and they team up in their travels. Challenges and heartache await them on the dusty trail, but the pair set out for Montana with little more than their courage and dreams of a better tomorrow.
Another exciting historical adventure, and story of friendship and bravery from best-selling western author W.R. Benton.
©2005, 2016 W.R. Benton (P)2016 W.R. Benton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Johnny on 12-09-16

the Old west

Where does Silently Beats the Drum rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best I probably finished it in 2 days. worth it

What was one of the most memorable moments of Silently Beats the Drum?

The gun fights and Injun fights

Which scene was your favorite?

when Buffalo Hump goes to talk with the Sioux medecine man

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

there was a woman who cried over her child. I felt that.

Any additional comments?

the book was action packed. The narrator was very talented but went too fast sometimes. Benton really likes writing odd characters and then blowing em away

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5 out of 5 stars
By bill on 12-15-16


Would you consider the audio edition of Silently Beats the Drum to be better than the print version?

Yes not much doubt about it. This is because the dude reading it is a very good actor or at least sounds like it so he brings the characters into full view for me. You know a lot of what I buy sounds like a guy reading a story. This one isn't like that It sounds more like one of those early radio shows or something hard to put my finger on it but it was different and better for it

Who was your favorite character and why?

there must have been 35 or 40 characters in this thing. I liked the bad guy the Indian warrior and the old black slave. there's plenty to go around

Which scene was your favorite?

look there are 40 odd chapters in this and you get your money's worth each to his own, I guess I don't want to spoil it for anybody else

If you could rename Silently Beats the Drum, what would you call it?

nthin much silent about this story. Off the top of my head I'd call it the Last Man Standing

Any additional comments?

Benton is good but he tries and covers too much you got black slaves and Indians and white psycho and a one leg hero and a bunch of women and kids in there. Theres great fight scenes and good friends but all the words about cooking and food I don't know if that helps the story. Benton talks about the Civil war and slavery and the Indians but all that is too much sometimes just get on with the action and the story that's where he is really good and the whole thing takes care of itsef. Ordinarily I don't bother with comments but when I finished this thing in 3 days I wanted to give it a nod.

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