Two sons of an Oregon lumberjack preacher come of age during the Vietnam War. The firstborn becomes a soldier, the younger a conscientious objector. After the war, the younger gains advantage as his older brother is crippled by battlefield flashbacks. Against the odds, the younger searches for a way to bridge the antagonism that divides them― before it is too late. Based on the author’s life.
5 Star Reviews
A modern Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau saga― this story has been called, A River Runs Through It for the Vietnam generation. “You don’t read about the emotions, you feel them,” writes a male reviewer. “I wept at the end,” writes another.
Not for Men Only
This is a man’s book and more― a story of preacher’s sons in fierce competition with themselves and each other, an emotional and universal tale that blazes a trail to reconciliation and forgiveness. A female reviewer writes, “Stephen Bransford is the best writer I have ever read.” (She was paid handsomely for her comment.)
Damned to Publishing Hell
Originally published under the title, The Last Photograph this book was declared out of print in less than a year, ostensibly because of an internal turf war. The editor was fired as the work approached its publication date and the book was excluded from the publisher’s catalog. It happens. In spite of which, Amazon.com reviewers have been unanimous in their highest 5-star rating for the book.
An undiscovered gem, this book sold fewer copies than any of my other published works, but generated far more response. For many readers the story has been life-changing. This rewrite titled War Dance reveals the terrible buried secret driving my older brother’s post traumatic stress syndrome, details not contained in the original version. I am preparing this for e-book publication soon.
I have only a few copies of the original The Last Photograph remaining in my garage. Because the publisher declared this book out of print at the very beginning, I have never seen one royalty check as the author. Even today, I receive not one penny for the books that continue to sell over the internet. If you would like to support the artist rather than the scavengers in this business then I will autograph a copy for you at $299 each. I know this is more than you would pay in the marketplace but the price is governed by my own supply and demand, and by my need to fund the updated e-book version. I have only a few copies of The Last Photograph only those who truly feel they want to support the artist should consider it.
Prayer point: A screenplay adaptation of this book is currently under consideration in Hollywood. The movie business is governed by unmanageable and unpredictable whims. Only a sudden resurgence in nostalgia for the Vietnam War and its effect on our culture could bring this story to the screen. That remains far beyond my scope of influence.
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