Historical fiction about the construction of the transcontinental railroad. Published in 2010, this regionally popular book is used in high school advanced histor classes. It is available in book stores and museums, incluing the Golden Spike National Historical site bookstore.
While the book was originally intended for young adults, adults are its biggest audience. To quote one reviewer: "Great historical fiction. Don't let the cover fool you. This is not just for young adults."
Separated by 140 years, a man and a boy are linked by an American tyrant’s gold.
It begins with a short fishing trip, a relaxing escape from reality. But when Steve Brandon discovers a mysterious brass box on the Omaha, Nebraska riverfront, his world is turned upside-down.
Steve sets out with his best friend and a cousin to learn the box’s past. He is soon immersed into historical lore and an adventure that sends shockwaves through the highest offices of present-day Omaha. Along the way, Steve leaves a wake of reeling public officials, crooked cops, and thwarted would-be thieves.
This extraordinary tale is told in parallel storylines: one from the present, the other from America’s pioneer days. The construction of the transcontinental railroad provides the backdrop for the story of Gene Davenport, a disabled soldier struggling to rebuild shattered lives in a coldhearted world. It was a time when powerful financiers ruthlessly determined the fates of cities and states.
Gene Davenport’s poignant story brings history to life with the enduring saga of Lincoln, Dodge, Grant, and the unethical Doctor Durant as they unite the country and open the savage West.
It is a novel that proves history does not have to be stuffy. It will keep you guessing, entertain you, and inject you into the country’s exciting past. When he meaning of the mystifying brass box becomes clear, the answer is so surprising that the role of destiny cannot be ignored. But that is not until a great story is told.
Andrew J. Russells photograph of the golden spike ceremony ia an enduring American image.
Omaha Gold is featured at the Golden Spike Nationa Historic Site at Promontory, Utah.
Omaha Public Schools uses Omaha Gold in high school AP History clases.
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