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Book Signing with Hobbs Native Robert Lee Murphy

Book Signing with Hobbs Native Robert Lee Murphy  photo 6/26/2015 1:51:35 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Robert Lee Murphy will make a presentation on his frontier, historical novel Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles—Book Oneat the Western Heritage Museum and Lea Country Cowboy Hall of Fame at 1 pm on Sunday, June 28, 2015. He will also autograph copies of Eagle Talons, which will be available for sale during the afternoon hours.

Murphy’s Eagle Talons, released by Five Star Publishing in October 2014, follows the adventures of Will Braddock, a fourteen-year-old orphan, who sets out in 1867 on a quest to determine his own destiny at the time of the building of the first transcontinental railroad. Book Two, Bear Claws, takes the youth across Wyoming and out to California in 1868. Bear Claws will be available November 2015. Golden Spike, concludes the trilogy with the momentous golden spike ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. History books don’t mention the fact that this famous event almost didn’t happen, but Will Braddock was one of six people who was involved in the calamitous incident and knew the true story. Look for Golden Spike in 2016.

“Bob” Murphy grew up and was educated in Hobbs, New Mexico, graduating as an Honor Student from Hobbs High School in 1956. He played trombone in the school band, including the Taskervitch Nine. He earned his Eagle Scout badge with a troop sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church, where his family were members. His first part-time job was delivering papers for the Hobbs Daily News Sun when he was thirteen. At age fourteen, he commenced working after school for the Lea County State Bank and continued with the bank as a teller during his summer vacations from college. It was during the summer of 1958 that he was a victim of a bank robbery at a branch of the bank in the Broadmoor Shopping Center. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1960, he served in the U. S. Army for seven years, departing active duty with the rank of captain. Following military service and until his retirement from AECOM Technology Corporation in 2003, he pursued a business career that involved working with national and international institutions on all seven continents, including Antarctica, where Murphy Peak bears his name in recognition of his contributions to supporting polar science. He was employed by the AECOM wholly-owned subsidiary Holmes & Narver Services, Inc., where he rose from a starting position of a budget analyst to president and chairman of the board.

He sold his first magazine article, illustrated with his own photographs, to Backpacker Magazine many years ago. Throughout his business career, he published various technical articles in trade journals, such as Military Engineer. In July 2011, The GettysburgMagazine published his historical Civil War article about the "boy cavalry generals."

Robert is a member of Western Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Sun City Anthem Authors, and the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. He writes from his home in Henderson, Nevada, where he resides with his wife, Barbara. His older daughter, Elizabeth, lives in California. His younger daughter, Anastasia, her husband, and Robert’s two grandchildren, reside in Kentucky.

Learn more about his writing at Murphy’s books are available in libraries and for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Hastings.

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