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Somebody has been abducting children in Fairbanks, Alaska. One of the victims was 14-year-old Curtis Black's best friend, Todd. 

Curtis saw it happen. He knows exactly who did it. But he can't prove that it was his neighbor, Gerald Martin. The authorities find no evidence of the crime. There's nothing they can do. So he's going to confront Mr. Martin himself. And this is just the beginning of the terrifying story....

From the author of Pressure and My Pretties comes a nerve-wracking coming-of-age thriller. 

©2020 Jeff Strand (P)2020 Fireside Horror

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  • The Book Dad
  • 01-12-2020

Jeff Strand will have you laughing the whole time!

Curtis Black is a young man that witnessed something horrifying in Fairbanks, Alaska. His best friend's abduction. Curtis saw it all go down but unfortunately, the police cannot find evidence that supports what he saw. After trying to cope with what he assumes is the death of his friend, Curtis pays a visit to the kidnapper. This did not go well. Now, Curtis needs to find a way to avenge his friend and get this psychopath behind bars before he snatches up another kid and murders them too. This will not be easy but there is too much at risk to fail.

I FINALLY took the plunge and indulged my TBR with something by Jeff Strand. I have wanted to read his work for what seems like forever but just didn’t make it happen. AUTUMN BLEEDS INTO WINTER is a fun and quirky read that I really enjoyed. I have always heard that Strand has a way of adding a funny twist to some really horrific scenes and although this book was far from horrific, it is dark and thrilling. The narrative is just so entertaining and kept me deeply rooted in the story. Honestly, I could listen to Curtis Black and Gerald Martin duke it out in an endless barrage of witty interrogation style confrontations forever.

AUTUMN BLEEDS INTO WINTER is an edgy, coming-of-age thrill ride through the vengeful psyche of a stubborn teenager. Jeff Strand will have you laughing the whole time. I definitely recommend this book for anyone needing to get out of their horror comfort zone and read something a little more punchy and edgy. This book is a definite slump buster.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 30-11-2020

A page turner coming of age thriller!

Life has been abruptly altered for Curtis and Todd, two teenagers living in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the late 70s. One evening Curtis is witness to Todd being abducted and taken away in a car, but the police never found evidence against this neighbor and the case went cold.

I decided to listen to this audiobook for two reasons: the blurb sounded interesting, and Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators; but I did not know what was really in store for me when I began listening. I was absolutely absorbed by this coming of age story told in first person from Curtis’ perspective. It was one of those books that I could not literally put down and I listened to it from beginning to end on a Sunday. There were several elements that I found captivating in the story. First, the age of the main character, and how things tend to be very vivid during the teenage years. Probably the same story told by someone older would not have felt realistic. Also, having two unpopular kids is always more appealing, in that it’s easy to relate to them and one wants to see them grow and overcome their difficulties. I especially liked Tina, and was impressed with her no-nonsense attitude.

The setting was also that I think helped to give the feeling of a classic to the novel. Anything set in the 70s or 80s will have an added charm and technical difficulties associated with the era, like lack of mobiles and a bit more freedom for kids and teenagers than nowadays, especially in small neighborhoods like the one in the book.

The story is absolutely terrifying, and the first person narration kept me glued to my headphones. I also think it is a story that would translate well into the big screen, I would definitely watch it. It reminded me somehow of some of Stephen King’s books from the era like Stand by Me or The Shining.

Joe Hempel did a sublime job narrating this book, by creating the right atmosphere and delivering very vivid character interpretations. The emotions were palpable and each character had a recognizable voice and style. It was all done in a very subtle way, not distracting from the story but adding value to it. A win-win combination of story and narration.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Deedra
  • 30-12-2020

Autumn Bleeds

This was an excellent book!A boy sees his friend get kidnapped but after police search the mans house,nothing happens.The boy takes it upon himself to find out what happened leading to a strange relationship with the kidnapper. Joe Hempel was a terrific narrator! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Imogen
  • 24-12-2020

Jeff Strand is always a unique delight.

Terrifying and hilarious, Jeff Strand always manages to make his reader's quake in fear and laughter at the same time. Told from the realistic sounding perspective of a teenage boy under duress, a cat and mouse confrontation between killer and witness this story is a coming of age tale that you won't soon forget.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 26-11-2020

Innocence Lost

Curtis Black is just a kid trying to find justice for his murdered best friend but instead puts himself right smack in the middle of a fight to survive. The characters range from quirky to downright sadistic and I loved it. The story is well written with many twists and turns but the end was a Oh Hell Yeah. Narrator Joe Hempel did a superb job with sending a chill down my spine. I received this book for free and this is my honest unbiased review if you love dark and twisted horror this book is perfect for you.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 26-11-2020

Deliciously Dark

NO SPOILERS! This book has everything... a great set of characters, darkness, horror, innocence lost, suspense, great narration and many twists.

I finished the book while preparing for thanksgiving. I highly recommend to those that like horror, thrillers and serial killers.


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  • Manakalita
  • 25-11-2020

A Great Coming of Age Story

When your book begins with a 14 year old trying to buy a gun to go after his best friend’s killer, you know you are in for a fun ride. Well, as long as Jeff Strand is writing it. With perfect narration by Joe Hempel, a perennial favorite of mine, this coming of age story set in Alaska sees protagonist Curtis Black develop an unusual relationship with his enemy. And despite the many perils involved in avenging his friend’s death, including his life crumbling around him, Curtis displays a tenacity he’s going to need if he intends to stay alive.

This will be my 7th, 8th, maybe 9th book by Strand, I’m not sure, I may even be in double digits. Regardless, he has yet to disappoint, and Autumn Bleeds into Winter is certainly one of his best.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 24-11-2020

Another strand masterpiece

So I love strands stories. His Wolf Hunt trilogy stands as one of my favorite sets of literature and something I am Dying to see be made into the next great buddy movie (like Lethal Weapon). His stories range the gambit from terrifying to hilarious and many times both in the same novel. Here he takes a view i haven’t seen from him before and that’s the view of a kid. This youth is faced with insane challenges and horrors that force him to come
Of age as he seeks justice and his friend from a man who none believe has done this heinous deed. This great story is told by the amazing voice talent of Joe Hempel. His narrations guarantee a book be added to my audible wishlist. If you haven’t heard him before this is a great place to pick up the amazing combination of these two. From there just keep Adding to your library. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Jason Begly
  • 16-03-2021

Autumn Bleeds into Winter

I enjoyed this book. It was tame in comparison to the other Jeff Strand books I have read, but still really well-written and narrated. Jeff Strand always seems to weave great, dark humor into his books.
I don't normally laugh out loud at books, but this one caught me a few times. I think Joe Hemple was the perfect choice for this book. His narration really captured the tone and cadence of the various aspects of the kinda crazy plot-line. I am still struggling with some of the finer points of the story, but overall I thought it was a really good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2021

Jeff strand still killing it

From a 14 year old boys point of view trying to catch the serial killer that took his friend perfect jeff strand !

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