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The Branchview Estate was established during the Gilded Age. In the late 19th century a rapid economic growth spread across the Northern United States, as the wages grew much higher than those in Europe, especially for skilled workers who expanded the industrialization of the United States. At the same time, the Gilded Age was also an era of adject poverty and inequality, as millions of immigrants—many from impoverished regions—poured into the United States, and the high concentration of wealth became more visible and contentious.

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Brian jay nelson is an author who writes supernatural thriller books and Greek mythology fiction books. Branchview counts is his one of the best fantasy book series.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2020 Verified Purchase I can honestly say, this is one of my favorite books. The plot is well-thought out, and the characters eventually become part of your life by the end. Once I started reading, putting it down was difficult. The next chapter hopefully comes out soon. I can't wait to see what happens in the Epic Showdown.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Gold Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020 Verified Purchase Loved the genre and imaginative characters. I can't wait for book 2 to arrive.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021 A mesmerizing read! Brian Jay Nelson is an outstanding new writer. I am anxiously awaiting the second book of the Branchview series. An epic tale.

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I have been hearing rumors about this book and had to discover them for myself. Branchview ‘The Unexpected Journey’ kept me in my seat until the very end. But as I read the book, it reminded me of certain instances of forthcoming events in the world today. We all know the unbelievable situation America faced in 2020 and only seems to be escalating in 2021. Well, I must say Brian Jay Nelson captured those events perfectly in ‘The Unexpected Journey’ and somehow I do not see myself being disappointed in the sequel ‘The Epic Showdown.  Plus, a little birdy told me the author has more episodes of Branchview coming very soon, including the possibility of a big-screen movie. That will be a must-see.

 This book dives into some very complicated events, in a light-hearted manner using comedy, sarcasm at its finest all while intertwining some romance. Oh my God. I got the chills so many times toward the end. It completely blew my mind and managed to surpass my high expectations. Nothing of what I expected to happen occurred. The plot twists are brilliantly laid out to keep the reader engaged from start to finish.

 I loved the character paranormal novelist, Steven Spencer.  In my mind, he took on a real life persona that I could fully relate to by the end of the story. But the one character that everyone should keep an eye on is the mysterious Charlotte Locke. The story line is so fully fleshed out, and spine tingling, that by the end, you feel like you’re part of the drama unfolding on the pages. The only complaint that I had was that the book ended too quickly, and left me craving for more.

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The rocks below the cliffs are rumored to be the favorite resting perch for the immortal mermaid goddess Amphitrite, as she surveys her oceanic domain.

Brian Jay Nelson


Brian was born and raised in Erie Pennsylvania, and has been involved in some capacity of writing since a very young age. After graduating from Penn State University, he lived several years in North Carolina and then Florida, where he presently resides. His accomplishments cover a wide spectrum from writing Psychology Textbooks, several essays on Metaphysics, articles on health and fitness, songwriting, and screenplays. He is also the author of The Balanced Journey, a common sense guide to living from a Spiritual and Metaphysicalpoint of view. (Amazon Publishing, 2012). 


In 2017, he retired from FedEx after 21 years of service, and began a new career as a script doctor for the movie industry. He is also very active in Historic Preservation, causes that support our Military Veterans, a fan of Classic Rock Music, and is an avid fitness enthusiast.


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Steven Spencer paranormal novelist is beckoned to the Branchview Estate after receiving a mysterious message on his computer screen. Once there, he is confronted with some hidden secrets, thereby forcing him to bring Loraine Spencer, his lovely wife, to the estate.


Soon after the Spencer’s arrival, they found themselves entangled in the family’s centuries-old struggle with witchcraft, and a Satanic cult called the Secret Society. When two witches return from the dead intending to destroy the Branch family and steal their fortune, all hell breaks loose. Steven soon discovers he is the illegitimate child of the matriarch Penelope Locke Branch.

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In this passage of the Branchview series, Steven and Loraine continue their seemingly endless battle with witchcraft and the evil doings of the Secret Society. Simultaneously, they also take on the arduous tasks of unraveling the many related mysteries and dark secrets of the Great House that surface constantly, and almost without warning.


Along with their immortal allies Zeus, Poseidon, and Amphitrite discover the Secret Society’s lofty ambitions of seizing Branch Consolidated, destroying the United States, and establishing a One World Global Empire. Many unexpected twists, turns, and happenings will shape not only the fate of those in the world of Branchview but also in the nearby town of Lockeport.

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When the rogue god Hades, and the spirit witches join forces to help the Secret Society carry out their dastardly mission, all hell literally breaks loose, and any efforts for the good seem jeopardized. The drama builds and culminates into an epic, supernatural battle between the forces of good and evil on the historic beach at Lighthouse Point. All this, while a massive hurricane churns in the waters just offshore.

Will this be the end of the Branchview legacy and the world as they know it?  Or will righteousness prevail? All answers will be found as you journey into the magical, mystical world of Branchview.

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The Portal of Time

In ‘The Portal of Time’, the continuing Branchview saga finds Steven and Loraine embarking on a new adventure. As the inhabitants of The Great House and the nearby Town of Lockport slowly piece their lives back together following the earthquake, tsunami, and ‘The Epic Showdown Battle’, all hopes lean toward a return to normalcy. But the status quo can never prevail where seeds of evil are sown. Though the spirit witch, Liddy McPherson is finally out of the picture, the consequences of her evil acts throughout the centuries continue to linger in the lives of the Branch family, and those closest to them. The sinister secrets of the past prevent old wounds from healing and present festering issues years after their occurrence.

When the wandering spirit of a young woman enters the house through a mirror portal in the South Wing Grand Corridor, yet another dark secret comes to light concerning the East Wing of the house. After Steven turns up missing, Loraine and the inhabitants once again call upon the immortal gods Poseidon and Zeus to help them. It is determined that another portal exists within the East Wing which can be accessed during full moon cycles. They theorize Steven had stumbled into it and disappeared somewhere in the spectrum of time. Through the joint psychic visions of both the immortal Metis and Suzy McVea, they eventually agree that Steven was transported to the year 1697. The only hope of bringing him back is to send someone else in to retrieve him. The gods decide that the best option for this arduous task was to recall the Spirit of Charlotte Locke from her isolated exile on the Island of Avalon.



While trapped in the colonial past, Steven and Charlotte witness the beginnings of the Secret Society in the New World, as well as the roots of the ugly evil that was to plague their families for years to come. Meanwhile, in the present, Loraine struggles to manage the household and discovers the horrible truth that others had wandered into the same portal over two centuries ago and were never seen or heard from again. All this is happening while Gerard, the gods, and their allies strategize to fight the ever-resurgent Secret Society. Will Steven and Charlotte ever make it back? Will the mounting complications ever be solved within the Great House? All answers can be found within the pages of the magical, mystical world of Branchview.




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The Portal of Time

A young woman enters the house through a mirror portal in the South Wing Grand Corridor, while yet another dark secret comes to light in the East Wing.

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The Epic Showdown – Synopsis

In this passage of the Branchview series, Steven and Loraine continue their seemingly endless battle with witchcraft and the evil doings of the Secret Society. Simultaneously, they also take on the arduous tasks of unraveling the many related mysteries and dark secrets of the Great House that surface constantly, and almost without warning.

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