The Powell Expeditions

Tim Piper (author)


Book 1 from Jubilee Walker series


In “The Powell Expeditions,” Jubilee Walker joins Major John Wesley Powell’s 1867 expedition, facing wild landscapes and inner conflicts. Balancing adventure with his love for Nelly Boswell, Jubil’s journey through the American West becomes a riveting tale of courage, friendship, and the pursuit of dreams against formidable odds.

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Number of pages: 277

Published: 15 January 2024

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Embark on a riveting journey through the untamed American West in “The Powell Expeditions”, a novel that intertwines the thrill of adventure with the complexities of young love and personal growth. Set in the backdrop of 1867, this enthralling story follows the life of seventeen-year-old Jubilee “Jubil” Walker, a character as vast and unpredictable as the landscapes he traverses.

Orphaned and driven by an unquenchable thirst for adventure, Jubil’s life takes a dramatic turn when he sets out to join a scientific expedition led by the famed Major John Wesley Powell, a family friend and a decorated Civil War veteran. Despite initial reluctance, Powell, moved by Jubil’s tenacity and ingenuity, welcomes him into the crew. What unfolds is a two-year odyssey that sees Jubil crossing the great plains in a wagon train, forming a unique bond with a Pawnee scout, conquering the formidable mountains, and braving the formidable rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

However, “The Powell Expeditions” is more than just a tale of adventure. It is a story of heart. As Jubil’s journey progresses, his feelings for his childhood friend, Nelly Boswell, evolve into something deeper. Nelly, cautious about a life alongside someone so enamoured with peril, stands at a crossroads in Jubil’s heart. This internal conflict adds a poignant layer to the narrative, posing the timeless question: Can one find a balance between the call of adventure and the yearnings of love?

Drawing inspiration from the real-life exploits of Major John Wesley Powell, known for being the first to summit Longs Peak and navigate the treacherous Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, the novel paints a vivid picture of the era. The author skillfully captures the spirit of the times, the lawlessness of the West, and the indomitable human spirit.

“The Powell Expeditions” is more than a historical novel; it’s a journey that tests the limits of courage, friendship, and love. A must-read for fans of adventure, history, and heartfelt storytelling, this book promises to take you on an unforgettable ride through some of the most challenging and beautiful terrains of the American West. Witness as Jubil navigates through the external dangers and internal dilemmas, all while carving his path in history alongside one of America’s greatest explorers.

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Dimensions 22.8 × 15.2 × 1.5 cm



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