Published Works of Ken Dickson

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Detour from Normal

Since its release, over 80,000 copies of Detour from Normal have made it into readers hands in twenty countries. Rated 4.3 stars overall on Amazon, Detour from Normal is the shocking true story of how our flawed medical and mental health systems rob Ken Dickson of his life as a respected engineer and devoted family man by sending him spiraling into madness. More that just a real-life recounting of the pitfalls of our medical and mental health systems, Detour from Normal is the story of two people deeply in love, but torn apart by fate, an eye-opening introduction to the stigma of mental illness, and a personal run-in with the poor broken souls trapped in our mental health system. It is a rich and varied exploration of our humanity written from the unique perspective of someone suffering from mental illness.

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Praise for Detour from Normal

“Detour from Normal by Ken Dickson should be required reading for all medical students, law students, and police academies and anyone who might come into contact with the mentally ill.” “This compelling, well-written story needs to be made into a movie.”

~Cindy Stormer, former Assistant District Attorney of Dallas, Texas (2008-2015), and author of “BrainStormer.”

“Let Ken’s story change your ideas about sickness and health. Let him teach you about human potential, about seeing beyond the small socially acceptable window of experience, about spirituality, about the mind, about the tragic way labels ruin relationships, and about what can happen to any of us, anytime now, because this is how things are.”

~Vironika Tugaleva, Toronto, Canada, Award winning author of The Love Mindset


The Road to Amistad

Change is coming—a new level of human consciousness that will end suffering and create limitless opportunity. Unexpectedly, the change begins but leaves chaos in its wake. Only a few take it in stride. They are a new breed of human: resilients.

Ken Dickson, an ordinary man who transformed after surgery, feels alone in his fate—until others around him begin to change. Through them, he meets a psychologist with a profound understanding of the phenomenon. The two men conceive a bold plan: construct a sanctuary for resilients to advance the change for the benefit of humanity. After persuading others to join them, they found Primera, a community like no other that rises from the desert near the rugged Estrella Mountains of Arizona.

As Primera blossoms, a scathing article about its unique occupants appears in a notorious tabloid magazine. The article provokes a ruthless criminal, Willy Lemm, who vows to destroy Primera and anyone who stands in his way. Before long, Primera’s inhabitants are battling for their lives and the fate of resilience against a cunning foe who will stop at nothing until Primera is reduced to ash.

Written in a unique biographical style that blurs the line between fact and fiction, The Road to Amistad is an impassioned tale of never giving up that will leave you yearning for an extraordinary future that could be right around the corner.

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Praise for The Road to Amistad

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to live in a better world. Thanks Ken. I’m looking forward to your next novel.

Cindy Stormer author of BrainStormer and Texas Small Firm Practice Tools

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Aim for Justice

Misdiagnosis and inept medical treatment forced Ken Dickson to lose both his sanity and his Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms. Ken is one of a very few Americans in history to lose his Right to Bear Arms because of mental illness and successfully fight for its reinstatement. Join him on the convoluted path to losing his right and his struggle to regain it, and share the pride of a true patriot.