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Ghosts: 1st Volume of Artful ‘Ghost’ Trilogy Fuses Passion for College Basketball with a Moving, Compelling Uplift of the Human Spirit


Masterfully crafted by John Heldon, ‘Ark: Book IV Ghosts (Volume 4)’ is the powerful first volume of a middle trilogy; a journey involving redemption for one’s spirit, weaved around the unique American culture of college sports (including a ghost cast of former players!). Expect humor, suspense, reminiscing and poignancy, in a book one critic claims “holds a mirror up to our own lives and inspires us…to make a difference in the lives of others. While their glory days may have ended, ours and theirs may once again begin.”


For Immediate Release


Marlboro, NJ – For those who follow it, college sports is a heart-pumping release from the stress of the “real world” and an opportunity to indulge in something more exciting than the 9-5. For players, their passion for their craft goes beyond the final score to guide them through an intense personal journey to the core of their very being. Their days on the court or field shape them, never leave them and ultimately define them.

In his engrossing and celebrated new novel, John Heldon uses the backdrop of college basketball to invite readers on an exploration of  how the past got humanity to its present. Told through the younger ghosts of still living older players and a building they played in that has a bold personality of its own, ‘Ark: Book IV Ghosts (Volume 4)’ reminds readers that it is never too late to reject despair.


Nicknamed the Ark, this old gym is a limbo for six ghosts from 1971, who are discovered by a retired alum who they hope will be the conduit between themselves and their unhappy living persons, thereby providing the answers to their ‘young’ and ‘old’ predicaments.

If a reader enjoyed a book like W.P. Kinsella’s ‘Shoeless Joe’, or its movie adaptation, ‘Field of Dreams’, they will appreciate Ark’s different slant, served slightly chilled, sprinkled with humor, and a twist at the end.

“This book is a cocktail of humor and seriousness, reminding readers that it is never too late to give life a second chance and that our mistakes exist to learn from, not regret,” explains Heldon. “The book is set in the present; the first volume of a middle trilogy with eight more volumes in the works.  Sport is the springboard for the Ark saga, but the ensuing volumes plunge into what’s most important in life. The first trilogy tells of how the past got us to our present, while the last trilogy will express my hopes for the human race in the future. The timeline is billions of years, told in a fantasy not too far beyond our grasp of the possible.”

Continuing, “Readers will be able to twist their own lives around the narrative, turning the last page with a new perspective on their existence. Redemption is for our spirit to live beyond our corporal “shell”, but it is never too early to start this fundamental journey.”

Readers have come out in force with positive reviews. Bill Raftery, CBS , ESPN and FOX sports commentator writes, “In the wonderful novel by John Heldon, he writes about a facility (The Ark) that was home to a college’s outstanding basketball team.  The book evokes memories for me of the seventies…, which aroused the pride I had as a resident of New Jersey…  John brings these memories all back into focus.”

Mike adds, “Author John Heldon has made a “fast break” from literary anonymity with his debut novel, “Ark.” His familiarity with the ins and outs of college basketball effervesce from the pages of this whimsical apologue. And just as it isn’t necessary for one to own a Harley to appreciate Robert M. Pirsig’s classic, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” the reader doesn’t have to know the difference between a back court and a backboard to appreciate this “Field of Dreams” meets “Hoosiers” fantasy.”

‘Ark: Book IV Ghosts (Volume 4)’ is available now:


About the Author:

John J. Heldon, Jr.(1947-) was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. and attended Rutgers University. After a long career in sales before founding his own business, he ‘retired’, to work and love twice as much as a writer.  He’s always been an avid student of human behavior, from its funny side and its foibles, to its disgust and its profound.  “Ark” is his first novel of the Ark series. He lives in Marlboro, NJ, with his wife, better half, and inspirational character, Ginni, along with their hyperactive Maltese, Lily, who keeps them young.

Contact: John Heldon / / 201-805-2608

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