REVIEWS & PRAISE
FOR LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES:
"Kjeldsen tells a small-scale tale about Norwegian resistance to the Nazis in this work that should appeal to historical thriller fans... His descriptive prose does a fine job of conveying the breathtaking scenery of the wintry Norwegian mountains."
– Publishers Weekly
"Land of Hidden Fires is a compelling testament to the dangers, and necessity, of resistance. Kjeldsen writes about the quiet horrors of life in wartime with clear-eyed humanity and grace."
– Colin Winnette, author of Haints Stay
"Creating tension is just one of Kjeldsen's talents. Another is utterly capturing the mindset of a sheltered teenage girl who is falling in love with her rescued (and indifferent) pilot, imagining herself going to America with him. And third, but far from last, is Kjeldsen's writing. He has masterfully set a story, fraught throughout with danger, against an icy, white, virtually silent tableau - a story that will stay with you long after you've finished it."
– The New Jersey Star-Ledger
"A fine wartime tale of survival and resistance, told with clean,compelling prose. The tough and resourceful Kari will linger in your memory, and the evocative setting will leave you shivering beneath the sheets."
– Dan Fesperman, author of The Letter Writer
"Despite the high drama and action-driven hunt, the story remains at its core a quiet one, focused on the well-developed, internal struggles of the characters and with the careful, evocative use of language... Kjeldsen's writing benefits from a deep underlying knowledge, not only of World War II ranks and weaponry - though history buffs should appreciate the details - but also of farming techniques, the hazards of a winter trek through Scandinavian woods, and animal behavior... A quiet and introspective novel of wartime adventure."
– Kirkus Reviews
"As much a love letter to his family's homeland as it is a thrilling adventure of World War II, Kirk Kjeldsen's Land of Hidden Fires shows that underneath Norway's snow and ice lies a burning heart."
– Alan Gratz, author of Prisoner B-3087 and Projekt 1065
"Kirk Kjeldsen’s non-fiction turned novel is a fitting memorial to heroes whose lights shine in dark times... The novel is full of suspense and drama, and the author succeeds in casting light on a very dark period of Norway’s history."
– The Norwegian American
FOR TOMORROW CITY:
"Kjeldsen creates drama and danger with ease, and the events that follow are riveting. This is a literary thriller in the best sense of the term… His smart, penetrating story is not to be missed."
– The New Jersey Star-Ledger
"Tomorrow City is darn near a perfect book—fierce, intelligent, gritty and absolutely convincing. You can certainly count me as a fan of Kirk Kjeldsen."
– Martin Clark, author of The Jezebel Remedy, The Legal Limit, and The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living
"Tomorrow City unfolds with grace and power, building to a cinematic climax that reverberates long after you’ve finished reading. This is thriller writing at its finest. Kjeldsen is one to watch."
– Carlo Bernard, writer of The Great Raid, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and executive producer and writer of Narcos
"A tight, tense crime novel about a stranger in a strange land trying to outrun the ghosts of his past. Kirk Kjeldsen’s Shanghai is a terrifically fresh and evocative setting, and the action jumps off the page."
– Lou Berney, author of Whiplash River, Gutshot Straight, and The Long and Faraway Gone
"With spare but riveting prose — and the rare ability to elicit the reader’s sympathy for a criminal — Kjeldsen has produced a thriller with plenty of the requisite shocks, a fully drawn protagonist, and a serious look at issues of justice and morality."
– The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Tomorrow City is a vicious little tale of men and violence and the sucking black hole of the past. A coiled and sleek throwback noir, best read in one shot. More please."
– Elwood Reid, author of If I Don’t Six, Midnight Sun, and D.B.
"I had a twofold pleasure in reading Kjeldsen’s debut. As a writer, I admired his skill at evoking sense-of-place and his uncommon ability to evoke sympathy for a criminal. But the real payoff came as a reader: Tomorrow City is such a cracking good story."
– Leighton Gage, author of Perfect Hatred, Blood of the Wicked, and Every Bitter Thing
"In Tomorrow City, the dark past of a former American criminal catches up with him in the chaotic streets of Shanghai. Exciting action in an exotic setting. Read. You’ll enjoy."
– Tom Epperson, author of The Kind One and Sailor and co-writer of One False Move, A Family Thing, and The Gift
"Kjeldsen’s prose is direct and to-the-point, yet wonderfully evocative when describing the various sights and conflicting characteristics of modern-day Shanghai… Perhaps the best news is that Tomorrow City maintains its suspense from beginning to end, and thus, keeps us curious about Lavin’s actions and eventual fate. You can’t ask much more than that from any crime novel."
"Kirk Kjeldsen has written a one-sitting novel with an ex-con protagonist you’ll eagerly follow across the globe as he tries to shake his past. Tomorrow City is as exciting as it is smart as it is heartbreaking."
– Michael Kardos, author of The Three Day Affair and Before He Finds Her
"A brooding tail of escapism and consequence… Kirk Kjeldsen paints a vivid picture of the city with an attention to detail that will delight anyone who has spent time here. It’s a rare talent for someone to be able to create such a sense of place."
"Kirk Kjeldsen jabs a needle into the soft spot where nightmares intersect with real life and injects a steady dose of speed. Tomorrow City is a relentless, surprising and harrowing tour of the fascinating underside of Shanghai."
– David Rich, author of Caravan of Thieves and Middle Man