ENCINITAS, Calif. (PRWEB) August 25, 2016
Growing up, author William Abrams was fascinated by two things—disasters and bridges. He found the perfect subject for his first novel in Scotland's Tay Bridge, a two-mile railroad viaduct that collapsed while carrying a crowded passenger train in 1879. At the time, the Tay was the longest bridge in the world. Its failure only 14 months after completion was front-page news around the world and, prior to the sinking of the Titanic, the most infamous technological disaster in British History.
Set in Victorian England and Scotland, a time when engineers were achieving a level of celebrity once reserved for war heroes and poets, the story focuses on two men: Stewart Darrs, the engineer who designed the bridge and who was knighted by the queen for his accomplishment; and Charles Jenkins, a young engineer and metals expert, determined to build bridges in steel, a new material that had yet to be accepted by the British railroad establishment. Jenkins is also a young man torn between two women—his fiancée, the daughter of a wealthy London physician, and his first love, the daughter of the steel-mill owner under whom he'd apprenticed.
Together, Darrs and Jenkins are men on the cutting edge of the technology of their day, living in a world where railroads are transforming the landscape, and bridges of previously unimaginable length are among the highest symbols of a nation’s industrial might.
An excerpt from the book:
The driver tightened his grasp on the throttle as the train reached the highest section of the bridge, which stood nearly ninety feet above the firth. Down below, the frigid water thrashed against the bridge’s supports, pelting the cast-iron columns with foam and spray. In the distance, he could see the lights on the far shore, blurred by the driving rain. The lights were still more than a mile away when the cab was engulfed by a tremendous rush of wind. Sparks flew from the coach’s iron wheels, and the driver held fast to the throttle as the storm seemed to focus itself directly on the train.
“Iron & Steel”
By William Abrams
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781524608934
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 310 pages | ISBN 9781524608958
E-Book | 310 pages | ISBN 9781524608941
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
William Abrams was born in New York City, where his fascination with bridges first developed. He now lives with his wife and two sons in Encinitas.
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