Acclaimed author Bryce Courtenay died today after a long battle with stomach cancer, he was 79. Courtenay produced over twenty novels after a distinguished career in advertising. He is best known for his book The Power of One that told the story of a man’s life in South Africa in the 1930s and 40s. Courtney was born in South Africa and the majority of his novels have a strong tie to his homeland. His most recent book, "Jack of Diamonds," was published Nov. 12.