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Buck Brinson

Author of 

Footfalls on the Trembling Earth

The Staircase

  The Knowing Tree


    Okefenokee Moon 

                           (Coming in 2023)                             



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In Footfalls on the Trembling Earth Boone Russell and Zac Caudell face a killing machine

named Luther Monks. They are left broken and emotionally scarred.


In The Staircase something more forceful is coming for Boone in Beaumont County, Georgia. 

It is not limited to human powers and is called Holwak-í.


In The Knowing Tree, B.L. Renfro was six years old when his mother was murdered. The killer

was not caught. Years passed and he found it was his problem to solve.

Welcome to Hite’s Corner, Georgia. It’s 1946 and Renfro has returned from the war.

It is time to get going.

The  era of procrastination, of  half-measures,  of delays, is coming to its close.  In its place we are entering a period of consequences.

Winston Churchill, November 12, 1936

And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Matthew 27:51 (KJV)

The Knowing Tree

    No, I haven’t heard from Boone Russell.

    He’s been gone for forty-odd years and still no word. But he said he’d be in touch and the man doesn’t lie. He introduced me to many aspects of this world, and I know he’s still out there in it.

     But he’s not the only person I admire, you know. Not by a long shot.

    Take the old sheriff, for instance, B.L. Renfro. A man raised in the ‘30s, polished in the ‘40s, and shining across South Georgia for decades longer.

     I was fishing with him a while back, near the Burned Trestle on the Satilla River, and he told me about his Knowing Tree.

    You won't believe what he said.

     But I do.

  Zachary L Caudell

      Beaumont County, Georgia

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A Bit About Buck

Buck Brinson grew up on a family farm near the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia. He attended the University of South Carolina, courtesy of the US Navy, and served with the Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets.  
After active military duty, he returned to school and completed an MS in Computer Science. Over the following years he worked with clients developing and installing major systems across the country.
He now lives in Columbia, SC with his wife, Gina, and enjoys gardening, visiting his far-flung family of four children and a covey of grandsons, and walking the fields of his farm, a heritage dating from 1764.  In his spare time, he takes courses in anthropology at USC.
The Knowing Tree is his third published work. It follows as prequel to Footfalls on the Trembling Earth and The Staircase. All three embody his belief that Georgia river swamps are the most mystifyingly beautiful places under the vault of heaven.  
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Bonnie Stanard

Author of The Westfall Plantation novel series.

Thoughts on The Knowing Tree 

"B.L. Renfro was six years old when his mother was murdered by an unknown assailant. Years later, clues lead into the dense woods of the Okefenokee swamp where an elusive recluse lives to escape outsiders, if not life itself. The narration moves between different characters, with allusions to the past that provide a credible backstory. You'll find it hard to put down the book as B.L pieces together the puzzle."


Judge, 9th Annual Writer's Digest Book Awards

Thoughts on The Staircase 

"A gripping story about good and evil. About things not seen that can create havoc. There is tension and heart-stopping action, and I could not put the book down."

Columbia Star Newspaper  

           "Footfalls brings laws of nature

                 and mankind together"  


"Buck Brinson grew up in southern Georgia, near the river systems and woods that create the setting for a perfect mystery novel...some characters will endear you and some will scare you."

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