“West To Big Water” gets a review….

  “Garry, I better write before the power goes off . An epic western told in a novella.  Some very fine, original writing and content, professional level fiction that would have sold easily in the pre-TV reading-era of 1940s and early 1950s.  Some of your short, one or two page chapters could’ve easily been expanded into longer ones, all the ideas are there.  I am amazed at some of the writing, the shadows of the children no longer there after their shocking murders; the reader’s instant recognition of the bad guys such as Thin Lips and The Fat Man from cues like ill-fit clothing or a stolen rifle.  I wonder where you came by such knowledge (and the original ideas for the plot and scenes) – such as how to traverse a river with wagons, the pony express system, and especially the unique architecture within the barn to accommodate the animals able to lie down, their heads all facing one another.  Also the trysting spot for the two lovers becomes a chimney for the fire!”

“I salute your wife too for the wonderful cover and your daughter for her photo and design of the book.”
“From the notes you wrote I gather you are expanding the story and eventually it could be all one large grand western novel.”

All best,

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“West To Big Water” Hits The News Stands

Thanks to the Danbury News-Times and Nancy DeFelice. There is an article in Sundays paper about my book. Take a look.

Click on this LINK or on the Photo Below: West to Big Water Article

My First Book – West To Big Water – By Garry Camp Burdick

I have published my FIRST Book, it takes place after the Civil War and revolves around the adventures of three ex-civil war soldiers traveling from Connecticut to SF. They are riding strong horses on plain dirt roads, through woods, past small farms and towns. The most interesting parts are meeting up with other Blue and Gray jacketed soldiers with similar personalities forged by a war that killed and tore up so many men.

An excerpt from: “West To Big Water”

“In the middle of the first week in September Garth set out the dented, trail- worn tin cups, together with some sturdy cider that had been cooled in the spring water of the milk house. Mr. Camp, ever the talker, began the evening’s conversation by telling Garth how much he admired the rifle that he had been shown him the first week of his employment.  Garth, ever the chess player felt that Mr. Camp, unknowing as he was of the game ahead, led off with a fragile move. Garth felt his own checkmate was but ten moves ahead. He reached forward to fill Mr. Camps cup yet again. Many pints and many hours into the night there two cups rang out in the still night air as they clicked tin against tin sealing the bargain. Garth sure of his conquest, that he was the owner of the best horse this side of Denver. The horse, a majestic gray with a heart shaped shoe on his front right hoof, at last belonged to Garth. The headache that Garth suffered was as monumental as the gray. Mr. Camp, none the worse for drink and pleased that he had a captured audience until dawn, felt he had the best part of the deal. Camp bargained for twenty dollars and a Sharps rifle, found by Garth during a march near Gettysburg. J.T. had to laugh that the fine horse was genuinely a grant, so it was that“General Grant” was ever after so called. The Sharps had belonged to a rebel from Chattanooga found dead a few yards off a beaten muddy road, the name of the young trooper carved in its walnut stock, clear and straight, together with the word “Mom” and the date June 9, 1864.  Garth was gratified to rid himself of this malignant object to Mr. Camp a poignant reminder of a war that he no longer wanted to remember.”

The book begins after the men have been away from the war and they are ready to move West.

It’s easy to order through Amazon – please check it out. Plus if you buy 4 books you get one free.


Garry Camp Burdick

Article in the Danbury News Times

I woke up Monday morning, grabbed my coffee , opened the front door and picked up my daily newspaper. What a thrill… an article about my morning with Norman Rockwell. Take a peek online.

A Morning with Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell in his studio

Norman Rockwell at Good News Cafe

“One of the biggest crowds” said restaurant owner Carole Peck at the Good News Cafe. Wow, I was on cloud nine for the full two hours of the show. Friends, Family and Fans of Norman Rockwell attended and were so gracious with all the comments and compliments. Thanks to Chuck who helped me make this photography show happen. Plus, thanks to Carole and Bernard for allowing me to show these historic photographs of Norman Rockwell. I hope you all will stop by and take a look. The show is up until the end of November.

Take a peek….

Thanks Ray for the video