Published Works of Ken Dickson

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Detour from Normal

This harrowing memoir tells the true story of a beloved family man and respected engineer, who undergoes a life-saving surgery, reacts to medication and improper treatment, and lands in a high-security psychiatric ward. There, psychiatrists pronounce him persistently and acutely disabled and a danger to himself and others. What will happen to him and will he ever regain his former life?



Praise for Detour from Normal

“A massive amount of emotion rolled into a page-turner.”
“An enlightening and dare I say frightening glimpse into the world of mental health care.”
“This is a story you will want to share with the people you know and love.”
“Scary, life-changing and inspiring!”
“Powerful and gripping.”
“A psychological thriller, medical mystery, and compelling drama—made all the more vivid because it actually happened.”

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The Road to Amistad

An unprecedented psychological change catapults ordinary people into an extraordinary new level of human consciousness. The mysterious change leads to heartache and confusion for many, but for some, it is their calling. Drawn to each other, they unite to nurture and spread their gift for the benefit of humanity.

Initially, their plans go ahead uncannily well; however, their visionary dreams soon turn into nightmares as they find themselves fighting for their lives against a world that is not quite ready for them. Will they survive and what will become of their gift?

Praise for The Road to Amistad

“Absolutely audacious and wonderfully wild, sure to catch even the most fantastic of imaginations off guard.”
“A roller coaster of hope and despair.”
“Well and cleverly written, a fascinating, engaging story with characters you want to get to know!”
“An exuberant-but-grounded glimpse into mankind’s possible future.”

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Aim for Justice

What would you do if you lost your Second Amendment right to bear arms due to mental illness?

Aim for Justice seeks to answer this question, following Ken Dickson, a devoted family man and respected engineer who unexpectedly spirals into mental illness after a life-saving surgery. Hampered by inept medical and mental health treatment, he tries to save himself. Nevertheless, he winds up confined against his will in Gracewood, a psych ward for the most dangerously mentally ill. Subsequently, a judge deprives him of his Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Despite his traumatic ordeal, Ken fights back to normalcy and then takes aim at the impossible: reinstating his right to bear arms and clearing his mental health record. Will Ken be among the rare few who win back this right after recovering from mental illness?

In this age of mass shootings and concern about the role of the mentally ill in them, Aim for Justice provides a unique glimpse into these issues of great importance to all Americans.

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