The Golden Boys on the River Drive (1923) is an adventure novel by L.P. Wyman and one of seven books in his vastly underrated—and relatively unknown—Golden Boys series.
Each novel follows the adventures of Bob and Jack Golden, brothers from Maine with curious minds and adventurous hearts. Together, often alongside their trusted friend Rex Dale, the Golden Boys use their problem-solving skills and wilderness experience to overcome danger, discover strange places, and grow into fine young men.
Brothers Bob and Jack Golden are spending their break from military school deep in the Maine woods, at the lumber camp owned by their father. When they learn that their friend Rex Dale has gone missing on a fishing trip, their days of roaming the idyllic wilderness come to an end. Together the Golden Boys journey to Presque Isle, where they learn Rex is being held for ransom. As they struggle to rescue him, they have no clue as to what is unfolding back at the lumber camp. Big Ben Donahue, a rival logger, has hatched a conspiracy to steal their father’s lumber. If they have any hope of returning to school in Pennsylvania on time, the Golden Boys will need all of their skills as outdoorsmen—and some luck, as well. As The Golden Boys on the River Drive unfolds, and as one trial follows the other, no reader will want the excitement to end. With its brilliant blend of detective and adventure fiction, Wyman’s novel is an absolute thrill ride from start to finish.
L.P. Wyman’s The Golden Boys on the River Drive is the work of a talented author, and is both easy to read and difficult to put down. Published several years before the debut of The Hardy Boys series, which would dominate young adult fiction for decades to come, The Golden Boys series is long overdue for the attention and appreciation it deserves. Although originally published for an audience of teenage boys, Wyman’s series is perfect for children of all ages and genders, as well as for adults looking to return to the simple, exciting fiction of their youth.
With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of L.P. Wyman’s The Golden Boys on the River Drive is a newly unearthed classic of young adult literature reimagined for modern readers.