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Ark
     

Ark

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by John Heldon
 

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John, the narrator, is a guy who just recently retired, hoping to devote his golden years to writing, and continue his passion as a booster for his alma mater's men's basketball program at Sunnyside College, a small, barely Division I school in Delaware. He has no idea what kind of passionate involvement he'll be getting into. He still lives in the area. and one night

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John, the narrator, is a guy who just recently retired, hoping to devote his golden years to writing, and continue his passion as a booster for his alma mater's men's basketball program at Sunnyside College, a small, barely Division I school in Delaware. He has no idea what kind of passionate involvement he'll be getting into. He still lives in the area. and one night while driving home close to campus, he gets the urge to reminisce by driving over to the Ark, the nickname for the old gym where he loved to watch basketball games as a student. Strangely, he senses the car is almost on autopilot, guiding him there. He's able to get inside where he discovers a basketball team of ghosts from the school who almost won the Championship against a much larger school forty years before. He realizes these are no ordinary ghosts. Their older selves are still alive in the present, and John has met all of them over the years. In effect, in this time warp, John knows more about the ghosts' lives than they do. John and the ghosts realize he must be there for a purpose, and he decides to find out why the ghosts are stuck in time, replaying the team they lost to over and over and over. 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 privy to his "real" motives. Readers who enjoyed W.P. Kinsella's "Shoeless Joe," or its movie adaptation, "Field of Dreams" will appreciate Ark's different slant, served slightly chilled, sprinkled with humor and a twist at the end.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Bill Raftery
"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." Bill Raftery, CBS and ESPN commentator
Amazon - Mike Rice
"We loved reading this creative, unique kind of sports story. The author, John Heldon, effectively uses flashes of past and present to inspire all who read to reflect on what we love most about college sports." Mike Rice, Head Men's Basketball Coach, Rutgers University, and Kerry Rice.
Amazon - Kyle Keiderling
"Heldon's debut novel...weaves a tale with overtones of "Field of Dreams" combined with "The Twilight Zone"...."ARK" keeps you on the edge of your seat with a story line that is artfully crafted and fast paced." Kyle Keiderling, winner of best sports biography, 2011, International Book Awards Committee.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015582291
Publisher:
CreateSpace
Publication date:
12/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
File size:
139 KB

Meet the Author

John J. Heldon, Jr.(1947-) was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. After attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, he embarked on a career in sales before founding a successful plastics fabricating business, after which he became a real estate developer. "Ark" is his first novel. He lives in Marlboro, NJ, with his wife, Virginia. They have one son, Geoff, and daughter-in-law, Evelyn.

His blog,"ivegotafunnystory.com" is a compilation of "boomer humor" friends and family anecdotes which he adds to regularly.
"Ark" is meant to be the first book of a trilogy. "Ark, book two 'Beneath'" is currently being written.

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Ark 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an RU grad, I tried really hard to like this. But there just weren't any hooks to hang onto. Even the fictional college names were weak!