Zimbell House Publishing announces the release of West Milford, NJ resident Dan C. Gunderman’s debut novel, “Synod.” The book is an ambitious tale of a 19th century war veteran who is thrust into a leadership position in a fledgling and remote religious community in New Jersey’s Ramapough Mountains. The novel was released on Tues., Jan. 9. It is both an endeavor in world-rebuilding and a fast-paced examination of the law and, perhaps, complacency of the era.
Gunderman, a West Milford resident and West Milford High School graduate, is a former staff writer and film/TV critic for the New York Daily News. He was also an editorial assistant for West Milford’s former weekly publication, AIM Newspapers and a freelance reporter for the Warwick Valley Dispatch. He is currently the associate editor of a media site covering cyber security and a contributing film critic to different outlets. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University and a BA in Journalism from Monmouth University.
More specifically, the novel takes readers back to 1829. Goldfinch, a disenchanted veteran of the War of 1812, has become the anointed leader of a religious community named Synod, nestled in the mountains of northern New Jersey. Thanks to the advice of the village’s founders, Synod will become a stop on what would soon be called the “Underground Railroad.” Goldfinch oversees this transition, bringing in a broken runaway family. As southern bounty hunters follow their path and seek to reclaim stolen property, Goldfinch meets a shadowy abolitionist with close ties to the federal government. As the man recruits Goldfinch into a wider crusade against slavery, Goldfinch also contends with recurring visions—both fiery and prescient. He’s also pitted against a corrupt politician whose lone pursuit is to eliminate runaway slave dens.
“Synod” is available in both paperback and e-book editions on Zimbell House’s online bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at local retailers. For more information or to offer comments, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com or visit www.dangunderman127.wix.com/author.