Golden Spike

Written by Robert Lee Murphy
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In May 1869, the driving of the golden spike is the commemorative event that finalizes the joining of the Union Pacific Railroad with the Central Pacific Railroad. Young Will Braddock unwittingly becomes involved in defending this memorable occasion by rescuing the golden spike from his sworn enemy, Paddy O’Hannigan. Meanwhile, Will’s girlfriend, Jenny, is kidnapped by Paddy. She endures extreme hardships as she attempts to escape from the clutches of the Irish thug.

This is the third and final novel in The Iron Horse Chronicles, a fictionalized account of the memorable event combining the two railroad tracks in 1869, thereby completing the transcontinental railroad. The author combines real characters, such as Leland Stanford, Central Pacific’s President, with fictional characters. It’s well-researched and has an exciting conclusion. I’ve read all three books in the series and recommend it primarily to young adult readers.