About the book
Friendship’s Gallop is a short story about a homesteader’s son and a Lakota Indian boy who become steadfast friends through music, horsemanship, and simple adventure. However, their friendship is ultimately tested as they are forced to choose sides amid the Cavalry’s attempt to purge the Indian boy’s tribe from the frontier.
Through a shared passion for horsemanship, music, and simple adventure, a homesteader’s son, David, and a Lakota Indian boy, Painting Horse, become steadfast friends after crossing paths amid the Black Hills of South Dakota; this just a year before Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. David and Painting Horse eventually become separated, as Painting Horse’s tribe relocates far away to keep up with the roaming buffalo, which the tribe depends on for survival amid the rolling prairie and badlands.
Fourteen years later through a twist of fate, David and Painting Horse are reunited, although amid heightened tension and war between their respective cultures over settlement of the frontier. At this juncture, David has become an Cavalry officer, and Painting Horse a respected horseman among his tribe. It’s at this point that their friendship from youth is put to the ultimate test, as the Cavalry engages in a tricky pursuit to try to subdue Painting Horse over his cunning resistance to the Cavalry’s attempt to purge Painting Horse’s tribe from the frontier, so as to make way for non-Indian settlement.
“An endearing story of enduring friendship follows, and Davis has crafted one that will stay with you for a long time. The themes are universal and long-lasting, the plot intriguing, and the pace quick-moving.”
—Tammy Ruggles for Readers’ Favorite
“I would give Friendship’s Gallop by Ross Davis 5 out of 5 stars because I remained engaged throughout the entire story and the moral was powerful. I was intrigued by the exotic culture and wanted to learn more as the author added key pieces that contributed to the diversity and unity of the tribes and settlers.”
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Subject: fiction: historical, general, indigenous, war and military, westerns, short stories, children’s/teenage fiction–short stories
Publication date: Oct. 6th, 2020
Length (paperback): 78 pages
About the author
Ross Davis is a freelance writer, consultant, and adjunct college professor from Indianapolis, Indiana. While pursuing a doctorate in sociology at South Dakota State University, he gained an appreciation of the Indian Tribes in the region there, which helped to inspire Friendship’s Gallop. Friendship’s Gallop is Ross’s first foray into publishing short story fiction. Ross has authored and co-authored published works of nonfiction, which largely deal with sociological issues such as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), for instance: two chapters for the book Technosignatures for Detecting Life in Our Universe: A Research Companion (Wiley-Scrivener, 2022), and the journal article “Concepts for Future Missions to Search for Technosignatures” (Acta Astronautica, 2021). Besides writing, Ross’s other creative interest is music, including having written and published contemporary folk songs.
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