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The Cold November Son [Kindle Edition]

Kjelden Cundiff
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Book Description

Manhood, it is that imaginary line that every teenage boy must cross but when a teenage boy in a small town in South Dakota takes what he believes is a first step out of adolescence he has no idea how close to the line of adulthood he is stepping.

The summer of 1983 starts innocently enough for thirteen year old Tommy with the gift of a shotgun, and an invitation to join his father in the upcoming pheasant hunting season. However, the innocence of that moment quickly evaporates as the son learns that life isn’t as perfect as it may once have appeared to be.

As the days of summer pass, the complexities of life reveal themselves and Tommy soon learns a dark secret that his father has held closely.

With a decaying relationship with his mother growing and a father who is trying to fit a lifetime of lessons into one summer, Tommy is about to come face to face with a decision that no teenager should ever have to make.

The Cold November Son takes the reader on a voyage that explores the boundaries of love and mercy. It is a love story unlike any you have read before. Will the son honor his father's wishes? What secrets will be revealed? Those questions will be answered as Tommy is about to partake in one final and violent act of kindness? Come along on the journey and see for yourself.

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About the Author

Kjelden Cundiff is the author of three screenplays including one top ten finisher in the prestigious Nevada Screenwriting Competition with his orginal work Jensen's Hardware. He was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1968 and lived there until moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota in 1991. He worked in finance until moving to Florida in 2009 where he is currently employed in law enforcement. He resides with his wife Lisa and two beautiful daughters who inspire and support him every day.

Product Details

  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456427326
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Person Narrative April 24, 2011
By R C W G
As an avid reader of sci fi and fantasy, a coming of age / first person narrative book is not something that I would normally pick up. In this case I am glad I did. After I started reading the book I could not put it down and finished it in about three nights, which is a record for me. The book is well written, very detailed, and an easy read. The author uses a great amount of detail in his story telling which gives the reader a clear picture of everything in every scene. Whether it's the way someone combs their hair or a weathered paint job on a pickup truck you can picture it as easily as if there was a photo accompanying the text. Most of all I enjoyed the main character, Tommy. It was great to read in how such a short period of time he went from anticipating how his next summer vacation was going to be to dealing with tough life issues he shouldn't have been subjected to at such a young age. This would be a great book for anyone who enjoys a good story, interested in new authors, or a student who needs to read a coming of age book for school (given the choice I would have rather read this book than the Yearling, Where the Red Fern Grows, or any of the other narrative books I had to read while going to school.) I hope that there will be a sequel or more work coming from this author in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read January 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is full of hard decisions made by broken people. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry. All the things I love in a book. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hal's Review March 31, 2011
I recently read and enjoyed Mr. Cundiff's "The Cold November Son". My wife and our grown children also found it an excellent read. Different too! Many of the chapters could stand alone as complete stories but, all together they bring the book to a very satisfying, plausible and emotional conclusion. The author's descriptions are startlingly vivid! Looking forward to a film version some day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging July 23, 2011
By setz
This book is very engaging and provocative. It brings up a flood of memories concerning those times in our past where we had crisis points that either changed us or broke us. Unfortunately, in this story, the protagonist is only thirteen years old when he faces such a time and learns that there is a much darker side to life than he imagined. I can easily relate to the world of the thirteen year old character as the book begins. It only took me several reads before I finished this book as it is not easily put down. If one is not shocked by the ending, than you might say the ending is very unexpected. I am looking forward to Mr. Cundiff's next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! February 1, 2011
I loved this book. The story is excellent, and the ending caught me by surprise -- a great and easy read that was hard to put down. The characters were so well established, I found myself relating them to people I know in real life. The story is set in my previous home state South Dakota, so when it was recommended to me by a friend there, I was curious. The most impressive part was that I actually got choked up reading it. Very powerful! I'm interested to see what this author comes up with next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Read One Book... January 27, 2012
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If you read one book this year, make this the one!

For about the first 30% of the book, it appears as though it's going to be a coming-of-age book or something along the lines of a book for youth. While it starts out that way, hang in there and you'll be glad you did.

Tommy longs to talk to his mother about what's going on in his life but she is cold and distant. Fortunately for him, his father is not. His father loves to laugh and enjoys life. He has his own construction company and the summer Tommy turns 14 is the summer his dad brings him to work with him on a daily basis, introducing him to Easy (Carl) a 20 year old from a halfway house. His mother, a Christian, knows less about compassion than Tommy and Tommy knows that his mother will never allow Easy, an ex-con to eat at her table.

This is the summer when Tommy's dad teaches him how to drive a stick and shoot clay pigeons at the firing range. How to hang sheetrock. The summer when Tommy learns about compassion and anger, life lessons and regrets.

The compassion Tommy's father has is amazing! Tommy has compassion as well but since he lacks life experience, it's not as mature a compassion as his father. As you read, you'll discover what I mean by this.

The reader reads about choices and consequences, not only to ourselves but to others. Because consequences don't only affect the one making the choice but often affect those around them. Life lessons.

Whatever you do, don't skip this book thinking it's merely for youth or young adults. Far from it. This book "The Cold November Son" will have you all over the place with your emotions. It plucks at them and leaves the reader asking "What would you do?" after his father asks him "What is the right thing?"
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More About the Author

Kjelden Cundiff was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1991. With a strong desire to fuel his creative mind he enrolled and attended Music Tech and graduated with a one year technical certificate while studying contemporary guitar with some of the cities finest musicians. He stayed in Minneapolis, Minnesota until 2001 where he was employed in the business world. In the spring of 2001 he was recruited to a job in Las Vegas, Nevada where his interest in writing blossomed. While living in Las Vegas he wrote his first screenplay, "Jensen's Hardware", which placed in the top 10 of the prestigious Nevada Screenwriting Competition. That inspired him to pursue his dream of writing further and he studied under veteran Hollywood writer Robert Cawley at the College of Southern Nevada. Mr. Cawley was instrumental in encouraging him to pursue his interest in writing. Kjelden is an avid music lover and has written an column for, a website dedicated to the Minnesota Vikings. Kjelden currently resides in Florida with his wife Lisa and his two daughters and is working on a series of novels that take place in Eastern South Dakota.

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