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 proceed uncannily well; however, theirAn 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 proceed 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?“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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the road to amistad Reviews
This is a hard one to wrap my head around for a review. It's also a hard one to review in the fact that just because it wasn't my cup of tea, doesn't mean others won't get more from it. Simply put, this novel is a pseudo memoir with fiction mixed in. If that sounds confusing, it definitely was. I found it very difficult to distinguish what was 'real' and what was 'not real' while reading. However, I also understand that aspect could have been intentional due to the mental health themes and character's mania within the story. In one word this novel had me: confused. I think for those that are highly educated in psychology, they may get more from this story and understand it better. It is well written and the writing flows well. I definitely wouldn't say I'm uneducated but...I don't think I understood this novel to its full potential. ***Thank you to Goodreads as well as the author for supplying me with this novel via a giveaway***
I am the author of The Road to Amistad, a deeply personal fictional memoir about the limitless potential of humanity that I envisioned while suffering from mental illness. No one in his or her right mind would publish a memoir and then follow it up with a fictional sequel. However, insanity is what led me to become an author, to begin with. What did I have to lose?Why follow a memoir with a fictional sequel? The “prequel” to The Road to Amistad, Detour from Normal, was originally fictional: until my editor convinced me to rewrite it as a memoir. That left me in a quandary…“What should I do with the fictional sequel?” I asked her.“If it is in your heart to write it, then you must write it.” How often do we get to live out our dreams? If we try to, will they turn out as we expect? What will we learn about ourselves? The Road to Amistad was not just any fictional book—as its main character, it allowed me to explore my former vision in real-life. Unable to ignore the impassioned pleas of my heart, I had to finish it.Now, you may think that casting myself as the protagonist is egotistical, but that was the only way for me to immerse myself in the narrative. Whenever possible, I walked in my character's footsteps. I visited every setting, travelling thousands of miles across five states. I drove through barren wastelands in central New Mexico; braved treacherous Forest Service roads in a jeep in the Colorado Rockies; whitewater rafted on the raging Clark Fork River in Montana and skipped stones across Lake Pend Oreille in Northern Idaho. I spent countless hours wandering among saguaro cactus in the Arizona Desert where I frequently visited a minivan-sized boulder that became a cornerstone of the story. From that vantage point, I'd watch the sun set behind the Estrella Mountains just as my character did, with two red-tailed hawks circling above. They subsequently became characters as well, keeping watch over me like guardian angels.As the story progressed, I gained a deeper appreciation of my family, home, and the world and profound insight about my former fantasy. What once seemed crazy lured me in: delusion transformed into inevitability and I longed for it to actualize. Even my dreams chipped in, providing the core of the prophetic dream sequences in the book.While I wrote, an inner voice guided me—one that seemed to have already walked the path in an alternate reality just beyond my grasp. When the journey ended, I cried tears of both sadness and joy. I deeply missed my adventures with characters I had grown to love and at the same time felt awed by the bright future the book foretold.I can think of many reasons to give The Road to Amistad high praise: the grit of the characters, realism of their internal and external struggles and the audacity of bringing a vision alive that arose from the depths of mental illness among other things. However, what I most desire is to give it a star for each of the wondrous years that it allowed me to see life through fresh eyes and dream of a future filled with possibility.I hope that The Road to Amistad will change your perception of life and unlock the door to your infinite potential. As for walking through, I will leave that choice up to you.
This book made me believe in the unconscious as it tries to show us things we easily miss if we just continue living without reflecting. It is a wonderful little story, grasping with different ways to live a life. Some of the story is based on reality, and some of it is how life would be if we were able to shed our fears and become resilient. A truly enjoyable read, and a book like no others.
It was hard to review this book as it is so different than what I normally read. However, It had any easy flow to it. The beginning captured my interest and it was a straight forward account.At times I couldn't tell some things were fact or fiction. It really makes one reflect on how a person lives their life and how we interact with those around us. I wish I had read his previous book Detour From Normal prior to reading this book. All in all I did enjoy the book which left me examining my own contribution to my community and my interactions with people I meet in everyday life.
The Road To Amistad [Spanish for Friendship] straddles being a fun, first person life's journey adventure read and philosophical social commentary. Not only does Author, Ken Dickson get high marks for realistic characters and dialogue; he has created a true novel. His Geographical references are so detailed he had me scrambling to my Google Earth. I was pleasantly surprised to discover his locations not only exist; but his descriptions of specific buildings and other landscape features are so accurate I came to marvel at his attention to detail.Ken has a refreshing positive social outlook and makes his points without being preachy while he maintains your interest through the interaction of his characters. Author Ken the makes effective use of forward and backward temporal jumps -- think of it as more Vonnegut than Walter Mitty but always entertaining and thought-provoking. I like this book and I believe that anyone concerned by the strange times in which we live will find it helps right their ship. Whether you approach it as just an interesting entertaining story or you go for depth; either way you'll enjoy a positive experience.Finally, it is a great "commute book" -- while you CAN marathon read it without tiring; Ken's chapters are short and crisp and his story line always logically flows so easily from page to page and chapter to chapter those suffering from "readus interruptus" will find this an excellent choice. Add it to your library today.LINK to Review in MP3 Audio Formathttp://cjstreet.com/Consulting/AudCho...
The Road to Amistad, by Ken Dickson, is a saga about one person's walk through life. It is an interesting story, and while depicting the journey he has undertaken, and the experiences he has, while also seeking-out others walking the same path as he, the book keeps a focus on the important issues in life. The main character in this story undergoes many changes along the way, but he always keeps his goals and dreams in the forefront - and the challenges he encounters are but stepping stones to fulfilling those dreams. I gave it four stars.
A great story about mental issues. A must read
Interesting. Hopeful. If only enlightenment and “resilience” could proliferate and permeate our society as envisioned by the author, how much joy and peace would prevail!
I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. It is a Kindle book.