The action in Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, takes place predominately in southeastern Wyoming (when it was still part of the Dakota Territory) and northeastern Colorado. Will Braddock starts his quest from his birthplace in Burlington, Iowa. He passes through Omaha, Nebraska, in his search for his uncle, Sean Corcoran, where he seeks the aid of the Union Pacific’s chief engineer, General Grenville Dodge. After traveling on the new transcontinental railroad westward to the Hell on Wheels town of Julesburg, Colorado, his adventures continue throughout the countryside depicted on this map.
As a reader, I enjoy having a reference map of the locale where the story occurs. Five Star Publishing did an excellent job of including such a map as a double-page spread in Eagle Talons. The credit for producing the finished map goes to Phyllis Mignard, my friend and fellow member of the Las Vegas Word Worms’ critique group of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. From my crude sketch, Phyllis produced this artistic map that helps the reader visualize where Will Braddock is seeking to determine his own destiny.
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