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Preacher and Co (Limited Edition)


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Based on tales told young Brendon by his Grandfather Ed Boone in front of the fireplace as Brendon removed the old man's muddy brogans to wash his feet after a day’s plowing the Mississippi good earth, our PREACHER AND CO saga begins on a Mobile Bay battlefield at the close of the Civil War. (Brendon’s great grandfather left his leg on a Vicksburg battlefield and his grandfather lost an eye defending the honor of the Northern gal he married and brought South from Indiana.) Twenty-three-year-old Confederate doctor Campbell McCool inadvertently kills a teenaged Yankee soldier after peace had been declared. He vows to his young victim to seek-out the lad’s family in an effort somehow to help them reconcile their son’s not returning from the war. Starting out on this trek (unsuccessfully endeavoring to emulate the circuit-riding preacherman role of his clergyman father in an effort to redeem his own life) he is mockingly joined by a spirited and irrepressible nine-year-old black lad named Tademus Co who’s on a mission of his own to locate his father who had joined-up with a Northern regiment of black soldiers. This unlikely duo, traveling in post-Civil War America, encounters a myriad of obstacles along their journey of redemption.

Thus, our saga commences, and should you saddle-up with our pair, Cam and Tad, your life will be inexorably altered. In sharing this personal history with a never-before so-wanting a world, it’s the author’s ambition that its message may be inspirational as well as an entertaining and enriching reading experience that will be visited and revisited.

About the Author 

Norman Brendon Boone, Jr. was born on February 26, 1938, in Meridian, Mississippi, to the Reverend Dr. Norman Boone, Sr. and Leola (Speed) Boone. After studying architecture, English and theology (first at Georgia Tech and then at Emory University) Brendon transferred to the prestigious theater arts program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where his portrayal of ‘Sakini’ in the Annie Russell Theater stage production of TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON won widespread acclaim and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers. After a brief stint studying in New York, Brendon was summoned to Hollywood to star in THE JAMES BOYS as ‘Jessie James’. With this series project shelved, 20th Century Fox cast him in an opening cameo in FANTASTIC VOYAGE just to get a look at him on the big screen. While this assignment introduced him and Stephen Boyd to a lifelong friendship subsequently leading to their starring together in another film, the studio seemed too sluggish to Brendon in determining his next assignment which netted his writing and starring in his own project, THE TORMENTED YEARS with Jane Russell’s brother Jamie directing. The next career progression had Brendon’s winning the coveted continuing role of ‘Roman Bedford’ in RAWHIDE. The episode, DUEL AT DAYBREAK, which introduced his character graced him with the strong supporting players, Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson, though the series was facing its demise with the transition from black and white to color. ABC hired Brendon to create the role of ‘Chief’ in ASSAULT!, a WWII Pacific theater series pilot which ultimately aired as a special on ABC. After guest-starring roles on TV in such shows as BONANZA and THE VIRGINIAN, ABC rehired Brendon to recreate the role of ‘Chief’ in another WWII action series, GARRISON’S GORILLAS, as the enigmatic, knife-wielding half-breed Indian which earned him Golden Globe Award recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the category: Most Popular TV Star - Male. Career milestones to follow included his portrayal of ‘Hawk’ in GUNSMOKE, yielding the highest rating in the series’ history, an accomplishment acknowledged in full-page trade paper ads (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and THE DAILY VARIETY) by both CBS and series star/co-owner James Arness. Rejecting the notion of perpetuating HAWK as a series spin-off, Brendon turned to guest-starring roles in several episodes of QUINCY, ME and EMERGENCY. This followed with other episodic outings in such as FALCON CREST, FANTASY ISLAND, JAKE AND THE FAT MAN, AIRWOLF, B.J. AND THE BEAR, CODE RED, KNIGHT RIDER, ADAM-12, THE NEW DRAGNET, SWITCH, NIGHT WATCH, THE RED SKELTON SHOW, a GOMER PYLE, USMC trilogy, and SUPERIOR COURT with Raymond St. Jacques, not to mention forays into daytime serials with stints on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and GENERAL HOSPITAL. Intermittent were starring roles in TV movies, including THE STEEL INFERNO, THE HANGED MAN, DEATH RACE and THE HOSTAGE HEART, along with the mini-series HANGING BY A THREAD and THE NIGHT THE BRIDGE FELL DOWN. In the international co-production theatrical feature motion picture, THE BIG GAME (with locations in Cape Town, South Africa, Rome, and Hong Kong) Brendon starred with France Nuyen as his love interest, Stephen Boyd - his confidant, Ray Milland as his father and Cameron Mitchell rounding out the cast.

Brendon's strong and abiding faith was instilled early and evolved through a lifetime of experiences. From his Southern upbringing during the turbulent Civil Rights era when his father was serving as the President of the Mississippi Ministerial Association, Brendon’s affinity for his brethren intensified through the years. From these early struggles for Civil Rights in the deep South to Brendon’s single-father experiences raising his son (Norman Brendon Boone, III) emerges his PREACHER AND CO - a story of love, brotherhood, loyalty and redemption.

After a worldwide book-signing tour, Brendon will be retiring to life in his magnificent Magnolia Manor in Thousand Oaks, California, where he resides with his wife, actress Karen Jensen. In recent years, as they were beginning their married life, Karen was featured in Tom Lisanti’s book (FANTASY FEMMES OF SIXTIES CINEMA: INTERVIEWS WITH 20 ACTRESSES FROM BIKER, BEACH, AND ELVIS MOVIES) in which her chapter introduces their marriage along with the then-developing PREACHER AND CO.

An invitation to get acquainted with PREACHER AND CO is urged. We think you’ll be glad you made their acquaintance.

Limited Edition Features

 LIMITED EDITION of 333 objet d’art numbered, personalized and autographed volumes

Gold-stamped genuine leather cover with sewn hubbed spine

Attached satin ribbon bookmark

320 gilded-edged acid-free American Eagle white paper pages with Rainbow Ebony marbled end sheets

Presented in a velvet-suede lined slip-case box

Over 30 color plates to be available as individual framable prints

Self-adhesive book plates will be numbered, personalized and autographed by the author

This release in advance of general hardbound distribution

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  1. Be amazed! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Sep 2018

    When I first read the synopsis, I confess I was unsure about this book. Firstly I never read period novels, not do I read anything related to war. And then I started to see what the book would look like and my curiousity was aroused. I was worried that the book would be ‘soppy’ as we say over here in the UK and sentimental. And then of course, there was the cost. So I thought about it for a while and as I thought, I became more intrigued by the description of the actual book itself. And the story with its tale of redemption began to appeal.
    I think sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith. So that’s what I did. And I was astonished. The story is gritty and sometimes hard to read. At other times you are just filled with joy at what you have just read.
    Aside from the physical book, which is utterly beautiful with its gorgeous colour plates before each chapter, Mr. Boone’s wonderful poetry adorns some sections of the story and this adds such depth to the narrative. At the end of the book there is an ‘anthology’ of verse, an added gift to the reader.
    This is not a good book. It is an extraordinary, amazing book which you will want to read again. So far I have bought five copies of PREACHER AND CO, one for myself and four as gifts for my closest friends. Take that leap of faith! I'm so glad I did.

  2. Masterpiece! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2018

    Preacher and Co is a masterpiece that is worth every minute that it took to write, proofread, edit, etc. I was pleasantly surprised that the story took so many twists and turns.
    I feel like I might have had an advantage in reading when I noticed that a cousin's name was mentioned, as well as my hometown city and county. Knowing the Boone family as a child made this book special to me. Brendon's father was Pastor of the church I attended as a child.
    Preacher and Co was a historical novel as well as being crammed with adventure! There are very few books I've considered rereading, but this is one that I will read again with an open mind to see what I missed the first time.
    While in high school I became a sucker for poetry, so those included in the back of the book were another unexpected bonus.
    All of the characters came alive in the story, and some reminded me of similar ones in books or movies I've read or seen in the past.
    I think that this book can be enjoyed by folks of all ages, and I also believe it will make a great movie.
    The lovely photographs also focused on another of the author's gifts and were very much enjoyed.
    This book will occupy a location of prominence in my home. I feel blessed to have a copy, but too selfish to share it! I will recommend it to others every chance I get.

  3. A work of art! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Sep 2018

    I posted my review of Preacher and Co soon after I had read the book for the first time. It is every bit as good as I said then.
    What I didn't do was talk about the book itself. This edition is truly an object d'art, a work of art in it's own right. It comes in a sturdy slip-case box which is pictured here on this page, but the photo does no justice at all to the reality. On the slip-case the stained glass picture is on one side. The picture is surrounded by an intense sunrise photographed by the author.
    Until you see it, you cannot imagine how jewel bright the colours are; it is almost like looking into a beautiful jewellery box with all the gems glowing and winking in the sunlight. And it feels so smooth and luxurious in your hand.
    The book's real leather cover has a grained appearance and the rich gold blocking of the title stands out vividly against the beautiful maroon. The paper used for the pages is thick and weighty adding to the luxury of the whole experience.
    It has a half inch wide gold ribbon bookmark of heavy satin which, together with the gilded edges of the pages, makes this edition exceptional,
    visually stunning.
    And of course, it is signed!
    On the face of it, the price may seem a little high, but how do you put a price on something so lovely? My husband never reads anything except sheet music, and he declared it "a beautiful thing". I have paid more for books and have never received anything like this before. Everything about this book shouts "Pick me up! Touch me! Buy me!". I hope you will because what you are buying truly is a work of art, an object d'art. Something this beautiful only comes around once in a lifetime. Don't miss it.

  4. Beautiful and Living Characters 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2018

    This book is an absorbing and wonderful read. It is a must to read and own. The characters live and breathe and bring you into the joy, pain, and their journey.


    Posted by on 13th Aug 2018

    From the moment this book arrived in the UK I was captivated with the story it's like you are there along with Preacher and Co on a rollercoaster ride from start to finish I can't praise this book enough!

  6. A wonderful read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2018

    The story opens just at the end of the American civil war. The author uses understated language and yet brings you to the full horror, desolation and deep, deep despair that war is. Our hero, the Preacher and Doctor Campbell McCool, is a man of deep faith, haunted by his accidental killing of a young soldier just as the war has ended. This haunting would see him take a long journey, trying to lay this ghost to rest.
    And along comes the sassy young Tademus Co – who never stops talking. He has a quest of his own; no longer a slave, he wants to find his father. The unlikely pair set out on an adventure that feels like a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and ups and downs. Sometimes you will laugh and sometimes you will cry.
    The characters are beautifully drawn and you can't help but love them. And you absolutely want everything to turn out well for them. But will it?
    I loved the way that the narrative is interspersed with extracts from the Bible which perfectly match the feeling that is being conveyed by the story. There is also beautiful poetry which adds a depth to the more tender moments, so beautifully written.
    In this collector’s edition, each chapter is prefaced by a wonderful photograph – most taken by the author – or a piece of artwork, and this adds to the page turning excitement. At the end of the book there is a collection of poetry which really deserves to be in an anthology of its own. The book is very beautiful indeed, much more beautiful than you can tell by the photographs.
    I have loved reading this book. I will read it again….and again!

  7. Inspiring 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Aug 2018

    Gradually draws the profiles of the characters against a soul searching background of brotherhood and friendship. A life’s patchwork of a soul searching journey.

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