Author Ned Cole has two autobiography available in bookstores and online

An American Family: The Coles

An American Family: The Coles narrates the story of the Cole family and their contributions in making America the great nation it is today. The Cole family migrated from the British Isles, Northern Ireland and Ireland, in the 1600s. They settled in New England and later migrated westward.

Early Coles fought in the Revolutionary War. Later ones fought in the Civil War. Ned M. Cole Jr. enlisted in the United States Air Force and retired as a colonel from the New York Air National Guard. His son joined the Illinois Army National Guard and, after a few years, was commissioned. His grandson, Jeffrey A. Reilly, was with in the United States Marine Corps and fought in Afghanistan.

Know more about the Coles as you turn the pages of his book.


A Tale of Silence

A Tale of Silence is based on the true story of Jonathan Ned Cole, a deaf adopted son of Mary Carol Cole and Ned M Cole. Much of the story is factually about Jon’s rather tragic life. Some of the story about his biological parents are works of my imagination. Jon never knew who his biological parents were. Other parts are dramatized to better portray who Jon was, a black, deaf boy raised in an all-white family. The last chapter is about Jon’s time in Heaven and of course is from my imagination. Thinking of Jon being in Heaven helps me to deal with my grief over losing him. The story is told in the first person as though Jon were narrating the story himself. Some of what Jon tells you might make you laugh. Other parts will cause your eyes to well up in tears.

As you listen to Jon tell his story you will discover that deafness is a far greater burden to carry than being a black person in mostly white America.

This story is one which with the author struggled for many years to find the words that would do justice to the extraordinary silence that Jon lived with during all of his short 26 years of life.

This is the story about the joy of living and the grief a family feels when a child is lost to them far too early. Yet this story in the end is about hope.