First introduced in a 1958 Christmas song, the Little Drummer Boy marched so effortlessly into our lives and has made such a lasting impression upon our Christmas traditions that it is hard to imagine a time when he was not with us. Not since Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer has a new icon secured such a timeless place in our national culture so suddenly and completely. But who is the Little Drummer Boy, and what is the story that brings such an unlikely visitor to the quiet solitude of that holy birthplace and thrusts him to the near-scripture stature of "shepherds watching over their flocks" and "wise men from the East". The Fourth Magus puts the Little Drummer Boy into context and weaves his story seamlessly into the fabric of the greatest stories ever told. This is a timeless treasure for children and adults, to be enjoyed year-round, but especially during Christmas. About the Author Noble Johnson, born in 1950, retired from the Army in 1999 after serving more than 27 years and reaching the rank of Colonel. When his family was young, his wife made a weekly practice of taking their two daughters to the community library for afternoon story time. This developed in them an insatiable appetite for stories. Not to be upstaged by the local librarian, Noble began creating and telling his daughters stories of his own. Before long his daughters were inviting their friends to hear their father's wonderful stories and he developed a unique story-telling style. Over the years, his daughters, now grown with family interests of their own, encouraged him to write some his stories so they could be shared with others. The Fourth Magus is the first result of that encouragement.
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