Best selling author, Bryce Courtenay, passed away at age 79 after a long battle with stomach cancer. Courtenay has had many successful books including, “The Power of One,” which was published in 1989, translated into 12 different languages, and made into a hit movie. His last book, “Jack of Diamonds,” was his 21st novel and began with an touching epilogue thanking fans for their support. Read more below. Julie A.