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By His Own Blood Paperback – February 27, 2012
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About the Author
By His Own Blood is John Montandon’s first book. Writing it was a true labor of love for him; love of his father, “Doc” Montandon, love of his family, and love of his rural West Texas upbringing. Born in 1946, John brings to life the incredible story about his father, the way he died, and his own experiences growing up in the 50s and 60s in a sparsely populated, sprawling farming and ranching county with fewer than 4,000 residents. Anyone who reads his work should relate directly to his story and the lessons learned from this broad emotional ride from the whimsical to the tragic, with several unexpected turns of events that will keep the reader asking for more. Publishing his first book is a natural extension of his professional journey as John is a successful business owner who has spent his adult career in agricultural communications and marketing. He is a co-founder of several companies related to business media including magazines, radio and online publishing. John was also an owner of one of the world’s largest agricultural data services as well as a data processing business. Graduating from high school in 1965 in Knox City, Texas, he went on to receive an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. After living in cities and towns all over the United States, John and his wife, Karen, a banker and real estate professional, have settled near the beach in southern California. John’s office is in nearby Palos Verdes where he takes his loyal companion and chocolate lab, Rocky, to work with him every day when he is not on the road for business. Both John and Karen have travelled extensively and have visited China, Africa, Europe, New Zealand, and numerous other destinations around the world.
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Soon, however, I was deeply engrossed in the life of Eugene "Doc' Montandon struggling in West Texas to get a little farm of his own, experiencing setbacks-some natural, like a tornado and a fire, and some mean-spirited man made. The characters seem to spring off the pages, like living people you might know. "Doc" lives a faith-centered life; always optimistic and generous-hearted. An authentic, salt-of-the-earth guy, he teaches his two sons about life as much by example as instruction. When tragedy comes to "Doc," we are as horrified and outraged as if it happened to member of our own family. A thought-provoking story that takes us from life in a simpler time to the complexities of today's culture and the story is all the more riveting because IT REALLY HAPPENED.
Joanne Hardy, Author
"The Girl in the Butternut Dress
John Montandon learned the life lessons from his father and has eloquently passed them to future generations in his book. It was a true labor of love to write this book, and also to have the courage to be honest about life in the 50's and 60's in rural America. It is very well written and the storyline will keep you entertained from start to end. I heartfully recommend it....A MUST READ!
With so much love and appreciation
The story is focused around his father, a very strong, mild mannered, hard working mensch of a man. There were very few surprises that surfaced about the father (that was why his tragic death of AIDS was so startling) But the character that struck me the most was his mother. I felt empathy for her thruout the book. The somewhat dysfunctional family life before she married, her inability to always connect with her boys, her fear and perhaps her issues with trust. She wasn't a bad person in any way, shape or form, but she was a confusing juxtaposition when compared to the father.
The story about his father contracting AIDS is a portrait of how far we have come in 25 years. The story clearly paints a picture of the predicable discriminatory nature of my perception of Texas even to this day. It demonstrated the frustration of not being able to explain how the father obtained AIDS during a medical procedure and the fear, especially from the mother, of being tagged with the scarlet letter. The legal and social vindication is heartwarming although I would have liked to have seen even more details about the legal wrangling...and to have seen a Perry Mason legal climax. But that will have to wait for the movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was touching to see the maturation of the author from a child to mature adult. It's never too late to learn and adapt.