Around the writing circles here in Northern New Jersey I’m hearing rumors that Ark author, John Heldon, is close to releasing a new Ark book. I’m predicting the new book will build on the characters and the unique supernatural concepts introduced in Ark book one. I imagine that many Ark fans will share my enthusiasm and sense of anticipation for the new release.
For those not familiar with Ark author John Heldon. He was born in 1947 and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey. After attending Rutgers University, he embarked on a career in sales which led to the founding of a successful plastics fabricating business. He retired to work and love twice as hard as a writer. “Ark” is his first novel. The second and third books are in the works. He lives in Marlboro, NJ, with his wife, Virginia. They have one son, Geoff, and hyperactive Maltese, Lily, who keeps them young.
This video describes his book, Ark, and why it is unique.
John is driving home one night, passing close to the campus of Sunnyside College, a small, barely Division I school in Delaware. An urge to reminisce overcomes him, and he drives over to the Ark, the nickname for the old gym where he loved to watch basketball as a student almost forty-five years ago. He’s able to get inside, where he encounters a basketball team of ghosts from Sunnyside who almost won the NCAA Championship forty years before. The team is in limbo inside the Ark, replaying games against the much larger university they lost to in the finals.
He realizes these aren’t any ordinary ghosts. Their older selves are still alive, and John has met all of them over the ensuing years. In effect, in this time warp, John knows more about these ghosts’ lives, and their futures, than they do. The ghosts realize John must be there for a purpose, and he decides to find out why the ghosts are stuck in time, enduring a growing torturous loop of games without meaning.
While seeking to unravel this mystery at the Ark, John realizes redemption for the ghosts, as well as himself, depends on the actions he must help arrange with others, who aren’t, and cannot, be privy to his “real” motives.
If readers enjoyed a book like W.R. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe, or its movie adaptation, Field of Dreams, I believe they will appreciate Ark’s different slant, served slightly chilled, sprinkled with humor, and a twist at the end.
You’ll find Ark by John Heldon at Amazon.com