The Burning Ground

The Maidu Indians wanted no part of the white devils that came to their sacred land to hunt the shiny metal. But in 1849 Gold Rush miners in the Sierra Nevada foothills slaughter nearly all the inhabitants of the village of Kalkalya, trapping their spirits.

 Over a century and a half later, a “thief of time”—a grave robber—desecrates the Maidu burial ground in search of artifacts. Now the angry spirits, bent on vengeance, unleash a bloodbath that threatens the nearby, picturesque town of Lodestar, just as hordes of unsuspecting tourists arrive for the annual Labor Day weekend festivities celebrating California’s Gold Rush. The task of preventing further carnage falls upon an unlikely quartet: a former major league pitcher; the tormented town librarian; an elderly descendant of the Maidu people; and a ten-year-old boy—the son of the grave robber whose immoral actions first raised the spirits up from the Burning Ground.

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“I like my scary stories grounded in reality and this one surely is. Sirota did his research on Native Americans and the Gold Rush era. Two worlds, three actually, collide in this riveting story of vengeance. The characters are well-drawn, as well as the beautiful setting in the Sierra foothills. If you like to get your history and culture with a lot of entertainment and page-turning tension, read this book.”

 “I’ve read most of Mike Sirota’s books (he’s written many, I may have missed a couple) and I’ve enjoyed all of them. And now I consider his latest, THE BURNING GROUND, to be his best to date. The characters have depth and emotion, the small town setting in the Sierras is perfect, and tension throughout grabs you by the throat in this scary, and I mean scary, ghost story. If this one doesn’t cause you to quiver in spine-chilling fright, you have no soul. Highly recommended.”

 

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