The Written Wyrd Releases New Novel

By: The Written Wyrd
TACOMA, Wash. - April 7, 2017 - PRLog -- The Written Wyrd has just released the fourteenth fiction novel by author Robert A. Boyd.  The novel, titled 'The Big Snow', 130,200 words, is a drama / adventure story honoring the unsung heroes of modern railroading: the Maintenance Of Way.

The story takes place in Donner Pass, central California, which is being pounded by a disastrous and unprecedented series of blizzards.   A crisis erupts when an Amtrak passenger train, the 'City Of San Francisco', is wrecked near the summit - in the most dangerous, inhospitable place in all of railroading.

The railroad's Maintenance Of Way workers, exhausted and short of equipment, must face bitter cold and white-out conditions to rescue the survivors in a raging blizzard, with the real danger of avalanches striking at any moment.

Over five hundred lives hang in the balance.


Stories of the railroads and railroad men have always held a special place in dramatic fiction. Here is one such tale - which combines the lore and mystique of the high iron with tomorrows headlines in a grim warning of ecological disaster.

Far too many commentators focus on the big picture of ecological crisis, but it is the fallout of that crisis and how it affects individuals which is the real story of climate change. Maintenance Of Way is a thankless task at the best of times, and when times are worst - when the tracks are washed out or bridges burnt or the passes clogged with snow - that's precisely the moment the track gangs are needed most.

Hard, weary men and women cope with extremes of heat and cold, rain and snow to repair tracks and clean up wrecks, answering the call when Nature unleashes its worst. Their labors are born in fires, floods, earthquakes, and blizzards, and they tread where weaker men dare not go. Theirs is an endless, seemingly hopeless task for which they rarely receive the recognition they deserve, yet without them the railroads - and the nation - would grind to a halt.

Here, at last, is their story.


'The Big Snow' is available in trade paperback and Kindle from Amazon, and in PDF and ePub downloads from Smashwords.  Further information can be found on the publisher's web site:


Bob Boyd is a self-published author and literary activist in Washington State.  His interests cover the broad range of speculative fiction.  He is noted in particular for his off-the-wall sense of humor.

The Written Wyrd is a Washington State nonprofit literary trust founded by Robert A Boyd to promote self-published and small press authorship.

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Tags:Novels, Railroads, Dramatic Fiction
Location:Tacoma - Washington - United States
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