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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Braswell  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1949 in Glen Dean, Kentucky

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Illinois Connection

John Braswell lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Braswell is known for his imaginative storytelling and insightful alternative history books. He is the author of ''Coop'', whose storyline ponders the thought, "What if the South had won the Civil War?" This new work of fiction has been called "original and fast moving" with a surprise ending. Braswell imagines a post war climate where, among other things, the North makes tobacco illegal and creates opportunities for smuggling, and there are only two classes of people, the very rich and the very poor.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1588519198

PublishAmerica. 2002

Coop had held his position with the Border Patrol for over five years but lost his job due to a smuggling operation having the ability to get past him undetected. Being unemployed in the South forced him into the lower ranks of the poor and he soon lost everything he had worked for. He started his own successful yard-care business but accepted a job helping a lovely young southern bell that had inherited substantial wealth. This might have been a good deal except that he is plagued by an uncontrollable curiosity that keeps him in trouble.

The Other Side of the Mountain
ISBN: 1413707041

PublishAmerica. 2004

A story about prejudice, survival, and a way of life that is nearly forgotten in the modern world. Are the old ways the best?…You be the judge. This is the story of a Native American who, after serving his country in Vietnam, finds that prejudice is alive and well at home. He learns that "justice for all" are just empty words that do not include the native people, and that money sometimes seems more important than life-long friendships. He takes the law into his own hands, and the federal marshal that attempts to catch him learns that the fugitive he is after is no ordinary man. He is not only educated in the Apache way of living with nature, but also in the white man's world of mistrust, and the Marines Special Forces ways of survival. Get to know Jim Callingbird like a best friend…slowly, over time.



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