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Burial Ground: A Novel by [McBride, Michael]
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When the body of Hunter Gearhardt washes up on the banks of a seasonal river outside of Pomacochas, Peru, with only samples of vegetation, a handful of feathers, two black- and gray-streaked rocks, and a golden headdress of indeterminate origin in his possession, his grieving father launches an expedition to determine how his son died. The party uses these clues to divine Hunter’s route into the jungle, where they find a surviving offshoot of a primitive tribe, long thought to be extinct, and something far more sinister, something that’s been able to avoid discovery for eons for one simple reason: No one leaves the rainforest alive.

Includes a free bonus novella: Xibalba.


“A thrilling adventure! Fans of Michael Crichton will love it!” - Jeff Strand, Author of Pressure

“McBride writes with a rare confidence, and his story will thrill you to your reptilian core!” - Tim Lebbon, author of Echo City and Fallen

“Michael McBride literally stunned me with his enigmatic talent and kept me hanging on right up until the end.” - Midwest Book Review

“McBride just keeps getting better!” - Hellnotes


Michael McBride is the bestselling author of Snowblind, The Coyote, Vector Borne, Bloodletting, Innocents Lost, Predatory Instinct, The Event, and Category V. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife and children.

About the Author

Michael McBride is the bestselling author of Ancient Enemy, Bloodletting, Fearful Symmetry, Innocents Lost, Sunblind, The Coyote, and Vector Borne. His novella Snowblind won the 2012 DarkFuse Readers Choice Award and received honorable mention in The Best Horror of the Year. He lives in Avalanche Territory with his wife and kids. To explore the author’s other works, please visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1761 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
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  • Publisher: Factor V Media (Dec 21 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NWF9T2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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"Burial Ground" by Michael McBride begins when Leonard Gearhardt's son is killed in the Amazon jungles of Peru. Gearhardt is a salvager of remote archaeological ruins. His company profits from the recovery of precious artifacts. He suspects his son was killed at the hands of rival tomb robber, so he mounts an expedition of discovery and revenge for his son's death.

The first third of the book is riveting. The expedition consists of Gearhardt himself, Samantha Carson who is an authority on the indigenous South American cultures, Galen Russell who is a noted ornithologist, Marcus Colton who is the company fixer and chief of security, Wes Merritt who is the bush pilot who found the son's body and a profession camera crew. I enjoyed the opening chapters because the expedition members formed a cross section of 1st-world experts venturing into a 3rd-world wilderness. I felt this could be a great metaphor like "Moby Dick" except the leviathan is a land creature rather than the sea serpent.

The promise of the tale fizzles out as the narrative progresses. The main characters remain stubbornly undeveloped and oblivious to their surroundings. Over the last third of the book I found myself shouting at the characters, "WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE." It's very hard to feel sympathy for folks who are out for personal gain and stomp through the wilds like newbie tourists. I began to treat the characters as contestants in a Reality TV series, betting with myself as to who would die next.

To nail down the coffin, the author commits a bad error by serving up a cheeseball ending.
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Great story which will keep you reading till the end.
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I have yet to be disappointed by one of Michael mcbride's novels. Here's another good read by him. Personally, I don't think it's as good as Innocent's Lost, but it's still a really good book. Strong story, interesting characters
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7de1528) out of 5 stars Adequate Read and Solid Value April 15 2012
By Mike P. - Published on
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As a prelude, I must say the 5 star reviews with glowing accolades make me question the legitimacy of the reviews and my own perspective -- as a voracious reader, I am capable of acknowledging talent while indicating my own personal preference and very rarely issue 5 stars unless all the pieces are truly there.

BURIAL GROUND is an okay read and good value for the money. First, the positives. The plot is interesting and I found myself engaged in the events as they unwound. The story involves a man's quest to uncover the reasons behind his son's mysterious death in South America and involves a long-lost ancient Incan-like village and society, and heretofore undiscovered nasty creatures. The story primarily centers on a group of explorers searching the forest to solve the mystery of the son's death. It was a very interesting setting (not quite Indiana Jones as stated by another reviewer -- the vaguest resemblence at best) and a reasonably laid out plot. The author colors the setting reasonably well and you find yourself wanting to find out what happens.

The negatives: the story does tend to meander and the characters are somewhat one-dimensional. I found myself slipping past many passages, thinking "GET TO THE FLIPPING POINT ALREADY!". A lot of mindless description that unnecessarily slows the pace. Some may enjoy this, I did not. The characters -- you have your typical hottie newscaster/documentary gal, the lone quite pilot with a past he wants to forget, the crack military studs, a corrupt U.S. Embassy official, and some mercenary types. Token love interest that really doesn't come through at all, but I didn't mind that -- the story works well enough without "mad love in the jungle".

All in all, it was a worthwhile book, espcially for the price.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7de1774) out of 5 stars Very good adventure romp April 17 2012
By Greg R Day - Published on
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This isn't a five star book, because I reserve 5 stars for those books that truly surprise me by how good they are. I don't differentiate between indy and traditional authors, because they both take up the same amount of my precious time.

So with that out of the way, Burial Ground is a very good read, and for $1 its a steal. Its the kind of book you take on a long plane ride, because you can read it end to end in one sitting. Its not deep literature and was never intended to be, but good characterisations, believable and interesting science, and great bad guys.

Highly recommended.

42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7de1738) out of 5 stars McBride hits his stride..... Oct. 7 2011
By Chris Hedges - Published on
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One word to describe this book? AWESOME! It has such an imaginative story line and intelligent prose, it made it hard to put this book down. The narrative is packed full of believable characters that you come to love or hate depending on the actor. It will suck you in from the very beginning and is packed with enough action to spin your head leading to an explosive ending. McBride weaves a tale reminiscent of Michael Crichton at his best and may have even surpassed that of the legendary writer--and I don't say that lightly, as Crichton is one of my favorites. McBride now has a new fan after reading this tale and if his other stuff is as good as this, I'll be sure to grab up everything I can from him. Huge thumbs up!!! I recommend it highly to everyone.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7de1a2c) out of 5 stars BURIAL GROUND rocks Oct. 14 2011
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Finished BURIAL GROUND today. I really enjoyed it. A real page turner and good sized novel. McBride's knack for extensive research and medical knowledge lends for great descriptions of culture, geographical areas, flora and fauna and human body destruction. Oh yea. MAkes you feel as if you are almost there with the characters and creatures, feeling the heat and rain and impending doom. It is as good or better than some his his best work such as REMAINS, INNOCENT'S LOST, BLOODLETTING and INFECTED. It's a great horror/thriller.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7de1a8c) out of 5 stars One rollercoaster of a ride Oct. 17 2013
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One good read.

This one starts with Hunter Gearhardt running for his life. Gearhardt and his team were in the jungles of Peru at the site of a lost city.

Gearhardt found what his Father had sent him to find. Problem was he found something else as well. More like they found him.

Gearhardt almost makes it to the river. Almost. He's stabbed in the back, falls off a cliff and into the river. His body floats down to the nearest city.

Enter Wes Merritt. Merritt is a deserter from the US military. He's ex Spec-Ops.

His last mission turned into murder.

He and his Spec Ops brothers were tasked with hitting a site containing jihadists and weapons. They hit the site only to discover refugees. No jihadists and no weapons. All were killed.

Merritt just couldn't take it. He deserted and landed in Peru with loads of baggage.

Merritt is a pilot. He has a float plane and flies scientists, tourists and anyone else into the interior of Peru.

Merritt finds Gerhardts body. Gernardt has a back pack and Merritt opens it. Inside he finds gold. Not just any gold. A gold crown thats part of Peru's history. He turns the backpack into the American consulate.

So begins one helluva story.

This one is loaded with people seeking revenge, looking for gold and one group looking to murder and steal.

We also have an archeologist, an expert on birds, ex military bodyguards and something absolutely nobody expected.

One great read. Five stars all the way.