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Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy: Book One [Kindle Edition]

Tyler R. Tichelaar
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Book Description

Back in Boston, the thought of settling in a new land had seemed a romantic adventure to share with her new husband. Now, despite the lush green trees, and the sandy golden beaches, she began to fear what wild animals or unfriendly Indians might lurk in those woods, and she sensed the loneliness to come of being so far from her family.

When iron ore is discovered in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the 1840s, newlyweds Gerald Henning and his beautiful socialite wife, Clara, travel from Boston to the little village of Marquette, on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Hennings and their companions—Irish and German immigrants, French Canadians, and fellow New Englanders—dream of a great metropolis at the center of the iron ore industry. Despite blizzards, near starvation, devastating fires, and financial hardships, these iron pioneers persevere. In time, their wilderness village becomes integral to the Union cause in the Civil War and, then, a prosperous modern city.

Meticulously researched, warmly written, and spanning half a century, Iron Pioneers is a testament to the spirit that forged America.


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About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and seventh generation Marquette resident, was raised on tales of his hometown?s past. Iron Pioneers is the first in a trilogy of novels that celebrate upper Michigan?s history.

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  • File Size: 1609 KB
  • Print Length: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Marquette Fiction (July 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0029ZBH0Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History Comes Alive May 8, 2006
Format:Paperback
Tyler Tichelaar's Iron Pioneers makes history come alive. His love for his native city is evident; his research is scrupulous and his characters are engaging. Dr. Tichelaar is the James Michener of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His saga traces the history and development of the region over hundreds of years. The land, the people, and the events that shaped them are described with loving accuracy and detail. His writing is a pleasure to read; his tone is warm and, at times humorous, as when the long-lost brother of Marquette's most uppity society matron shows up in the trappings of the Wild West. I look forward to the second book in the trilogy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC UPPER MICHIGAN TRILOGY July 11, 2006
By Gretch
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book to everyone that has every loved Upper Michigan. The details and descriptions of the local area are extremely true to life and depict what our early settlers struggled through to withstand the long, cruel Michigan winters. If you are from the UP, ever visited the UP, or have always wondered where the heck the UP is -- grab this book, curl up somewhere comfy, and ENJOY!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit the past... January 1, 2008
By Chris
Format:Paperback
IRON PIONEERS is an amazing story filled with acurate historical details and fast-paced adventure! It opens with the young couple of Clara and Gerald Henning moving north to the blossoming village of Marquette, MI in 1849. Iron deposits had just been discovered in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and brave pioneers began arriving to seek their fortunes and a new life. Clara and Gerald, along with the other handful of residents in Marquette, barely survive through the first winter, however their courage and adventurous spirit keep them alive and ready for more. The story follows the Hennings and their neighbors through the years as they grow, thrive and live in the beautiful north woods.

Author Mr. Tyler R. Tichelaar is an amazing and talented storyteller! He brings to life the enchantments and dangers of survival in a time without cell phones and computers. His characters demand attention and pull readers through the pages with their facinating stories. Their various ethnic and religious backgrounds mixing well at times like apples and cinnamon, and clashing at other times like electricity and water, both excelent examples of our American diversity. And throughout the entire amazing story, Mr. Tichelaar weaves his obvious love of the Upper Peninsula with beautiful and striking descriptions of Lake Superior and the forests. Talented Mr. Tichelaar has brought us a masterpiece!
---reviewed by Chris Shanley Dillman, author of Finding My Light and The Black Pond
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy: Book One March 28, 2006
Format:Paperback
I very much enjoyed the first book of Tyler Tichelaar's Iron Pioneer trilogy and am anxiously awaiting the publication of his second book. Tyler's thorough research of the Upper Peninsula's history (including the settlements, the industries, the environment, the hardships & pleasures) was cleverly intertwined with a cast of characters that came alive in his fast paced story. I would highly recommend the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read August 16, 2006
Format:Paperback
For anyone who enjoys historical fiction; this is the book for you. It's an incredible story..the characters are incredibly well developed, the background is very well researched, and the story is beautiful in and of itself. I highly recommend this book to others and am glad that the author chose to share it with me.

The story begins in the 1840's with a newlywed couple; Gerald and Clara Henning. The Hennings travel from Boston to the Upper Michigan Penninsula on the shores of Lake Superior, where iron ore has recently been discovered.

The Hennings and other settlers like them arrive in Marquette to an undeveloped piece of wilderness, with dreams of helping to turn it into a successful thriving metropolis. Through blizzards, famines, fires and economical crashes, these settlers and their decendents persevere. In time this small wilderrness village becomes a prospering modern city; changed so much that original settlers struggle to recognize what it has become.

Dependably researched, written from the heart and involving a half of a century of characters, Iron Pioneers is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Two thumbs way up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth in Literature September 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
The Marquette Trilogy: Book One - Iron Pioneers is the first work I've read by Tyler Tichelaar. Generally, I am a fan of the historical fiction genre anyways, but I chose this book in particular because of the book's setting. A novel about the building of the Marquette, Michigan area as a native of the Great Lakes area myself this book has a special spot in my heart. I've lived on Lake Erie since birth and not only love but appreciate the history behind the Great Lakes area and all it has offered to our Nation as it grew into it's current strength. The small, individual stories behind the growth will never cease to amaze and Iron Pioneers is one of the greatest tributes to these small stories you will ever find.

Iron Pioneers begins with the origins of Marquette, as the "wilderness" slowly grows into a thriving city. The story line itself is interesting enough, but the depth and strength of each and every character involved is simply amazing. As you progress through the story you slowly grow with each character, so strongly that you become one of them. Through the roughest times when there's scarcely going to be enough food to survive a winter in this new uncharted territory, to the times of wealth and richness you bond with the friendships amongst the citizens as the town grows. Simply speaking, the depth & intrigue of the characters alone is a major selling point of this book. It's rare an author can bring so many people to life so easily & so well, but Tyler Tichelaar does just that.

In the beginning, you experience the trials and tribulations of a new land, untouched, trying to become livable. Death seems to be everywhere at some points, making you wonder how or why anyone would have borne the pains they did, simply to bring new wealth & industry to a new nation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting if you live here
I have resided and worked in Marquette for over 20 years after moving here from outside the UP. This book was interesting because I learned more about the area and locations of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Harold C
5.0 out of 5 stars A very captivating series of books!
Regional Fictional History...This type of book was brand new to me. Book One of this trilogy was captivating from the very first chapter! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Diana Oman
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for a MQT lover
Lived in Marquette while in the service, and stayed for college. This book brings MQT history to life. Very entertaining.
Published 8 months ago by David J. Haiden
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST I have ever read!
This book was amazing! Since I live in Marquette and LOVE history this was a win win for me. Halfway through the second one and cannot wait to read the third!
Published 12 months ago by Deborah L Tonn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Don't start this book unless you have time to read it cover to cover....you won't be able to put it down. A fasinating read. Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by Marlene A. Cyr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Written Just for Me
Back in the 1980's my husband came home one day and said, "You'll never believe this, but they've invented a game just for you. Read more
Published on June 29, 2009 by Mary Wittler
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Tale of Pioneer Life
Many tales of pioneer life sketch a bleak picture of loss amid an even bleaker landscape. Tyler Tichelaar instead paints a literary oil painting of the Michigan landscape, as a... Read more
Published on March 19, 2009 by Lisa A. Shiel
4.0 out of 5 stars continue to live their legacy
Reviewed by Mary Simmons for Reader Views (5/07)

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More About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: "Iron Pioneers," "The Queen City," and "Superior Heritage." He followed that popular series with three more Marquette-based novels: "Narrow Lives" (winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for best Historical Fiction), "The Only Thing That Lasts," and "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance." His popular Marquette novels led to requests to write a history of Marquette, Michigan which he did with "My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places." The popularity of that book in turn led to the short book "Creating a Local History Book" about how he did his research and compiled "My Marquette."

Branching out into scholarly works, Tyler has published "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition" and "The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature 1794-Present."

Tyler's latest project is a five-book historical fantasy series about King Arthur's descendants. The first book "Arthur's Legacy: The Children of Arthur, Book One" was published in May 2014. The second book "Melusine's Gift" will be published in early 2015.

Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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