A novel by John Heldon
Copyright © 2011-2015 John Heldon
All rights reserved.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011918992
CreateSpace, North Charleston, SC
This book is a work of fiction. The events, characters, locales, establishments, roadways, etc., are products of the author’s imagination. They are solely meant for the entertainment of the reader, and any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental.
To Ginni Acknowledgments
I need to thank my mother and father, Laney and John Sr, those “octo youths” who have continued to give me encouragement since the day I was born, and even now when I’m also a senior.
To my wife and son, Ginni and Geoff, who have put up with my irritability and distance at times during this process.
Again to my wife, my in-house editor, whose keen eyes never miss what mine did.
To Calvin Schwartz, author of Vichy Water, for his encouragement and willingness to offer any and all help he could give me.
To Barry Sheinkopf of the Writing Center in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Thank you for planting the seed about twenty years ago, from which a bloom emerged this day.
To the Taub brothers, Jordan and Benjamin. Jordan, for cover design help, and Jamie, for invaluable advice and counsel regarding publication.
To Rob Ducker, for his design and Internet savvy, and helping me see my writing on a whole new level.
John J. Heldon, Jr. March, 2015
“When a muse amuses you, that feeling should be shared with others.”
A Note On This Second Edition
This is my first novel, so you, the reader, may be wondering why it is now Book IV. Well, a lot has happened since it was completed. When the first addition was finished, my next series of ideas begged the formation of a trilogy. Those two drafts are near their final states, but guess what happened, again. Yes, I began to have ideas about events which precede those depicted in the original three works, and more ideas about events which follow them. This second edition also has some changes to sync better with the larger story I want to tell. My writing journal is getting a workout. I’m seeing more books to the series, possibly nine altogether, but time will tell. In the meantime, I hope this edition, and the other books which follow, are the cause of enjoyment for you.
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