Indian Drums and Broken Arrows by Craig Massey, published by Zondervan Publishing House
The setting of our story is in the days of the Revolutionary War. The English are influencing the Indians to plunder, murder, and terrify the settlers. To make matters worse, there are a few traitors to the American cause who are helping the English and Indians in their evil deeds. Such is the situation in our story.
Jeff Lockwood, a wonderful, reliable young man, plays an important role, although he is only sixteen years of age. The years before the opening of our story Jeff’s father, Sam Lockwood, had gone to Fort Stanwix, some distance through dangerous territory, to the west. He had promised to return in the fall, but as yet they had received no word from him. As spring comes Jeff decides to go west in an attempt to locate his father. Since there are few who dare to venture out for fear of Indian attacks, Jeff leaps at the first opportunity he receives to travel with someone. Thus we find him traveling the Mohawk valley with one, Gustave Kittle, whom Jeff likens to an old lazy snapping turtle. He is supposedly taking two wagon loads of grain to the settlers in the west.
After ten days of traveling they reach Oatfield where Stiles Warehouse and Store is located. Mr. Stiles knows Jeff’s father, but can tell Jeff nothing of his present whereabouts. He shows a distrust for Kittle and tries to convince Jeff to travel no farther with him. Jeff, however, is determined to go farther west as soon as possible. As a result we soon find him held prisoner at gunpoint by Kittle and a friend. From this point the story progresses rapidly in a series of thrilling adventures.
Yes, the adventures are thrilling and wonderful, but the spiritual life presented in the book is also wonderful. We meet with two men who manifest a deep faith in God. The first is Carl Ives, a pioneer scout, from whom Jeff receives a vast amount of knowledge, not only of the art of scouting, but also a better knowledge of God. The other is Mr. Watson, a missionary who has gone west to serve the settlers and Indians.
The book is almost entirely free from such religious teaching as is found in most Christian fiction of today. What little objectionable material there is, is by no means dangerous. The book may be highly recommended. Our younger readers will be especially delighted with it.