Welcome to the website for Robert Lee Murphy, author of The Iron Horse Chronicles, a frontier, historical trilogy. William Braddock, a recently orphaned fourteen-year-old, sets off on a quest to achieve the freedom to determine his own destiny. Set at the time of the building of the first transcontinental railroad in the late-1860s, Will engages with numerous historical personages, as well as fictional characters, who contribute to the construction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads. Robert’s goal in writing these books is to provide an engaging way for readers to understand the true history of the completion of the nineteenth century’s greatest engineering achievement, while wrapping their imaginations around the escapades and challenges of the young hero, his friends, and their enemies. The transcontinental railroad linked the eastern and western portions of the United States in a way that enabled a more rapid development of the vast resources of the country. Often called Manifest Destiny, this westward expansion of the population following the ravages of the Civil War also destroyed the way of life of the native inhabitants, the American Indians. The West would never be the same after the Golden Spike was driven at Promontory Summit.
Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, was released in October 2014, by Five Star Publishing. Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, was released in November 2015. Click the Books tab above to learn more about these two books and to read sample chapters.
Eagle Talons won the 2015 Bronze Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for Younger Readers. Bear Claws has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for Younger Readers.
Bear Claws was ranked number five by Preditors & Editors in the category of “Best Young Adult Book” in 2015.
Bear Claws has been selected by the Wyoming State Historical Society for an award to be given at the society’s annual meeting in Buffalo, Wyoming, on September 10, 2016.
Eagle Talons and Bear Claws are currently available in Five Star Publishing’s hardcover edition from Amazon on-line and at Barnes & Noble and Hastings bookstores. Wheeler Publishing provides paperback large print editions of both Eagle Talons and Bear Claws . Amazon offers Kindle versions of Eagle Talons and Bear Claws. Click the links in the sidebar to Robert Lee Murphy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble to order Eagle Talons and Bear Claws.
The concluding book in the Iron Horse Chronicles’ trilogy, Golden Spike, will be published in 2017. Sample chapters will appear on this website soon.
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