"Masterful. Recommended reading." The Arizona Republic
Some people said he was a dolt and fool, others called Bednigo Claypool a sage and prophet, others a manipulative politician and yet others a ruthless killer. Bednigo was willing to be all that and more to insure the Union Pacific drove through the Western wilds and linked a continent. He only knew one thing: he would drive the railroad through with fists, gun or sacrifice of his life. His only support came from a waitress and a young boy who was willing to die six times over for him.
Arrayed against him were the Secretary of the Interior, a scheming beauty as smart as she was lovely, an army of the badland's most vicious thugsand the deadliest gunman west of the law. The odds were longbut Bednigo never reckoned odds.
"Written with the speed of a bullet and the impact of an express train, Clarence Budington Kelland has based his tale, one of the most astonishing chapters [of the 19th-century] West, on solid history. It is loaded with suspense right up to the multiple climax, where Mr. Kelland springs his surprises in the way that has made his name a legend. First rate." Washington Times-Herald
"A mysterious depth of characterization." Arizona Star