The test of a good book to me is this: you get hooked early and then don't want to put it down until you've finished. John, your book......By His Own Blood...more than passed that test.
When your book arrived I was about a third of the way through my friend Tom Brokaw'sThe Greatest Generationon my Nook Color. The next evening I started leafing through you book and realized I just had to read it NOW. John, I've read the book and laughed and even cried in a couple of place that I had to read to my wife.
You need to use your Hollywood and San Francisco contacts to see if you can't getBy His Own Blood made into a movie. If I wasn't pushing 90 I might volunteer to produce it myself, shooting most of it on location in Texas. What a story! Thanks for sharing the "labor of love."
PS ... now I'll finish Tom's book.