A FAMILY SAGA OF LOVE, LOSS AND SURVIVAL FROM THEIR NATIVE ROOTS THROUGH, WESTERN EXPANSION, CIVIL WAR BATTLES, THE DEPRESSION AND WORLD WAR II. THROUGH IT ALL, THEY REMAIN LINKED BY SPECIAL GIFTS INHERITED FROM DISTANT ANCESTORS.
Bluebird gasped in horror.
“What is it?”
She managed only a headshake at first. “This is exactly what I saw … in my dream.”
He gazed back, the scene below as astonishing a sight as he had ever witnessed. Much of what they had seen the day before had been obscured by forests and hills, but here, an entire army, a battle line more than a mile wide, clearly visible as it approached the diminishing return fire, with the pageantry of colorful flags and marching snare drums.
It began as an Indian trail from the Ozark Plateau to the buffalo plains. The Army converted it into a road from St. Louis to Fort Smith. When the telegraph came, it became Wire Road; Old Wire Road after the lines were cut during the Civil War. It was an important avenue west, carrying men with gold in their eyes toward California. Trail of Tears victims were buried along its way. The Butterfield Overland Stage linked California to the East. Troops met on the Wire Road during two major Civil War battles.
Brigman’s sweeping saga chronicles a family through generations of love, loss and survival. Through it all, they remain linked by special gifts inherited from distant ancestors.
Steve Brigman is a master storyteller! The Old Wire Road effortlessly drops you into the middle of numerous notable eras, with believable characters and flawless historical detail. The story unfolds as an intimate look into a remarkable family, taking place over many generations. The backdrop is a meticulous examination of American history – from the westward drive of the American Indians through the theater of World War II. The ending not only ties all of the eras and characters together, but also gives the reader a glimpse of hope for the future. Steve Brigman has quickly become one of my favorite authors!—Lori Crane, bestselling author of Okatibbee Creek and The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge
Steve Brigman perfectly blends characters, place and time as only a superb storyteller can. Spanning 175 years, the author uses the historic Old Wire Road (descriptive of the telegraph lines) stretching from St Louis to Fort Smith Arkansas as a metaphor to craft a generational saga filled with Native Americans, trappers, and settlers that traveled, married and settled along the road. The people you will meet may be ordinary and unpretentious on the surface but their life experiences are reflective of a country and individuals in transition caused by cultural, political and social differences. The Old Wire Road is a thoroughly captivating novel that you wish did not have to end.—Preston Holtry, author of the Morgan Westphal mysteries and the Arrius trilogy
The Old Wire Road
Publication date: 01/03/2018
A family saga of love, loss & survival from native roots - western expansion
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