• Burning Ground

  • Frontier Traveler Series, Book 1
  • By: D.A. Galloway
  • Narrated by: Michael Bauer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning finalist in the Fiction: Historical category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest

Does time heal all wounds? Or do some last forever?

Pennsylvania, 1971: Graham Davidson is a young man with survivor’s guilt after the death of three siblings.

Estranged from his father and seeking a direction in his life, Graham learns about vision quests from a Crow Indian. He secures seasonal employment in Yellowstone National Park and embarks on a spiritual journey.

Wyoming Territory, 1871: Under a full moon at a sacred thermal area, Graham finds himself in Yellowstone a century earlier - one year before it was established as a national park. He joins the Hayden Expedition, which was commissioned to explore the region.

Although a military escort provides protection for the explorers, the cavalry’s notorious lieutenant threatens Graham. His perilous journey through the future park is marred by a horrific tragedy in a geyser basin, a grizzly bear attack, and an encounter with hostile Blackfeet Indians.

Graham falls in love with Makawee, a beautiful Crow woman who serves as a guide. As the expedition nears its conclusion, Graham is faced with an agonizing decision.

Does he stay in the previous century with the woman he loves or travel back to the future?

If you like the historical time travel adventure of Outlander or enjoyed the movie Dances with Wolves, then you'll love Burning Ground!

©2021 D.A. Galloway (P)2021 D.A. Galloway

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Interestingly Different

I had some mixed feelings about this book at first. I found it a bit slow in the beginning and was getting discouraged because of all of Graham’s losses. His relationship with an older Crow Indian that he worked with is what turned the story into the direction is was intended to go. After that the story took off for me as I enjoyed the adventures of this young man that was misplaced into a time that he knew nothing of. His unique experiences taught him things about himself that he would never have a warrant without making this spirit quest. I am looking forward to the next book as he makes choices as to whether to stay in this time or go back because of the live he found there!

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Didn't care about what was happening.

I stopped 5 hours in . Only the MMC was interesting. Too many background characters without development. Obvious Villian was Obvious.

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Burning Ground

I loved this book! It had flaws...like WHY did they not eat the horse??..but it was fun and informative. Michael Bauer was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Layers of depth and suspense and history

Galloway writes with a paint brush that recreates Yellowstone in history and present day. Having lived 51 miles from the northwest gate and frequent visitor, Yellowstone has a distinct fragrance, detailed colors, perambulating mammals and mind scorching vistas, which this author has delivered. Designing complex characters that completes the novel’s journey. Mixing truth, fantasy, and history, Galloway has made magic! MORE1

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Some distracting flaws

The story was easy to follow and maintained my interest throughout with the exception of the amateur writing style. I felt like he over used a thesaurus to the extent that words were used in both in narrative and dialog that weren’t natural. The reader didn’t help. When he went into other voices his inflections and tone were many times just wrong for the situation. Many times these problems became very distracting!

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book

The story is well crafted ~ on many levels.
My favorite attribute is this book is an “Award Winner in the Multicultural Fiction category”
Historical fiction that speaks to the future.

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Unusual excellent story telling

This story kept my attention. Totally recommend. I'm going to start over again! Maybe I missed something. I can't wait for the next story in this time travel adventure. The next book is due out July 2022... earlier would be better for me Mr (?) Galloway.

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Recommend

I am not typically a fan of historical novels but listened to this one, based on a tip from a friend and my husband. There were times when my mind wandered because of the impressive extent of described history (perfect for history buffs) but nonetheless I was (surprising for me) mostly captivated by the detailed descriptions. Appreciate the compassionate and realistic portrayal of Native Americans, the demonstration that an accumulation of small acts of good bring health to all involved, and the general story line which connects the generations, earth, and spirituality. Bravo!
The narrator used a different voice for every character which is quite a feat for so many characters!

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No Regrets

Disclaimer: This audiobook was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. This is the first time I picked up a historical time travelling book and I did not regret it at all. Although slightly slower at the start, I believed they help set the stage for the story to move forward. As the book progresses, I became more and more absorbed and attached to the characters in the story. Especially as different events start to tie back to various things that happen, it really pulls the story together and has some pondering questions that I would think about post-book. I did not know anything about the history of the places and stories that the story took place in prior, so the book also enlightened me on some of these. Definitely glad I gave this book a try. Narration by Michael Bauer was enjoyable. He has a slight switch between characters and narration that took some time adjusting to, but later became very appreciated. His pacing was good, and some accents and voice acting here and there for many different characters also help bring them to life and is truly a joy to listen to.

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Neglected History Gets Its Day

Burning Ground was thoroughly enjoyable. Galloway takes a neglected bit of history (Yellowstone surveying) and breaths life into it. He takes what could very easily be some dry bit of reading - perhaps a throw-away paragraph in a history textbook - and makes the Hayden Expedition of Yellowstone digestible and entertaining. By using the protagonist's utter ignorance of life a century before his time, Galloway explores the 1800s in a way that is thoroughly understandable and at times quite funny, and others, profoundly tragic.

Arguably more importantly, Galloway gives voice to the indigenous people that Yellowstone was taken from. His empathetic portrayal of the Crow people, what they've lost, and the reckless genocide of the indigenous people of the American plains is both hard to stomach and necessary.

Overall, a good story with heart and humor. I found myself commenting out loud to myself in the car as I listened to some of the situations Graham found himself in. A solid debut effort from the author and the book lays a good foundation for the extended story to come.

Aside from occasionally forgetting to transition back to his narration voice from a character's voice, Michael Bauer does a very good job of bringing Burning Ground to life. Bauer's steady pace and nuanced characters fit the book well. He is definitely storytelling, much preferred to someone simply reading the book to you - a very, very important difference. As one who listens to a great number of audio books, Bauer's treatment is right up there with the more engaging performances I've enjoyed.

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  • Christine
  • 12-04-21

fantastic story

this was a great story and well read by the narrator. waiting for the next