The driving of the Golden
Spike at Promontory Summit in 1869 almost didn’t happen. Only five people,
including, Will Braddock, were aware of the incident. It started when Paddy
O’Hannigan attacked Will four months earlier. Will chases after Paddy, but
winds up in a mess. Jenny McNabb helps Will recover. Paddy then kidnaps Jenny.
Will coerces Mort Kavanagh, Paddy’s godfather, into providing the ransom. Paddy
unwittingly brags he is rich, and Kavanagh reclaims the funds. Paddy is broke
again. Jenny works for Central Pacific president, Leland Stanford, who brings
the Golden Spike to the ceremony marking completion of the first
transcontinental railroad. Paddy steals the Golden Spike from Stanford’s train.
Will must regain the spike, or Jenny, Homer, and he will be considered the
“Golden Spike is the concluding book in Robert Lee Murphy’s Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy and thus ties up all the loose ends that have continued from book to book. As the fictional parts of the series take place during real events there are many people who lived at this time included in the stories and Murphy mixes both truth and fiction with believable ease.” —Western Fiction Review
“Impeccable research, loads of action, and well-developed characters highlight this final installment of Robert Murphy’s Iron Horse Chronicles. With Golden Spike, Murphy brings the story of the building of the Transcontinental railroad to a taut and satisfying conclusion. Fans of good writing won’t be disappointed.” —Michael Zimmer, Wrangler Award-winning author of The Poacher’s Daughter
“Engaging action and vivid detail make the far-ranging adventures of this young protagonist reminiscent of Twain’s Huck Finn.” —Lucia St. Clair Robson, award-winning author