D.A. Galloway: Burning Ground


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Historical fiction author D.A. Galloway discusses his award-winning novel “Burning Ground” that focuses on the Yellowstone Expedition. Watch here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, PodBean, or Soundcloud.



After a series of tragedies claim the lives of his three siblings, Graham Davidson is racked with survivor’s guilt. Seeking a much-needed change of scenery, he gets a summer job working in Yellowstone National Park, where a Crow Indian teaches him about vision quests. One night, under a full moon at a sacred thermal area, Graham puts the Crow Indian’s teachings to the test — and undertakes the spiritual journey of a lifetime.

“Burning Ground,” from D.A. Galloway, is an immersive, vivid exploration into one man’s profound losses and the remarkable series of events that land him in 1871 Wyoming. He joins the Hayden Expedition, the actual group commissioned by Congress to conduct a scientific survey of the flora, fauna, and geological features of what the world knows today as Yellowstone National Park.

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. Along the way, readers are introduced to historical figures, including Dr. Ferdinand Hayden (who led the expedition), as well as painter Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson. In a romantic twist, 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: Should he stay in the previous century with the woman he loves or travel back to the future?

“If you enjoyed the movie Dances with Wolves, appreciate stories of frontiersman, Native Americans and explorers in the American West, or like the historical time travel adventure of Outlander, then you’ll love Burning Ground.” Galloway added.

D.A. Galloway grew up in rural Pennsylvania near Gettysburg and had a long career in the paper industry. His first book, “Safety WALK Safety TALK,” became a nonfiction bestseller. “Burning Ground” was inspired by two memorable summers of his youth. He enjoys reading about adventurers and explorers, traveling internationally, riding a recumbent tandem bike, and spending time with his grandsons. Fatal Ground, the sequel to Burning Ground, is expected in summer 2022.  More at www.dagalloway.com

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