A local author’s 8th book, The Adventure – Stolen Days, was recently published by Scuppernong Press of Wake Forest, North Carolina.
The Adventure – Stolen Days is a time travel novel that tells the story of a West Texas man who spends a lifetime organizing a group to finance and build a time machine to travel back to save Stonewall Jackson’s life so that he could be with Lee at Gettysburg and possibly win the war.
The book took ten years to conceive, research and write. Mark Vogl, the author, says that he took great pains to research and devise a time travel formula, and to research the history of the two weeks of Jackson’s life before he was mortally wounded by his own men at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
Mark’s initial inspiration for the book occurred when he read about the Antikythera Mechanism, the world’s first computer, created by the ancient Greeks to predict the location of the stars and planets in the night’s sky. He says, “As I read about this wonder, I thought, what if there was a symbol on the computer that could not be identified…what if that symbol represented a portal to dark energy and dark matter?” And so the conception for the story began.
Mark moved to East Texas in 2003 after a life as an orphan, a cadet at THE CITADEL, nine years as an Army Officer and college professor, and more than a decade as a political aide at county and state levels in New York. Since moving to East Texas Mark has written eight books. “Almost immediately after moving to East Texas I noticed how fertile this region was in talent, sports, entertainment, and so many other areas. I guess it’s something in the Piney Woods,” Mark said.
Mark Vogl is available for interviews.