“A Greater Good” is now available for purchase!
You will note that this link takes you to Amazon.com, not Amazon.ca. My publisher does not distribute through Amazon.ca. I have priced the book in Amazon.com so it is a reasonable price after currency exchange. Amazon.com does ship to Canada. The Amazon link will allow you to order both the Kindle eBook as well as a Print-On-Demand Paperback. I am pleased that the novel is also available as a Kobo eBook. You can search for it in the eBookstore by author name: t wilton dale.
Happy reading. A quick synopsis is given below.
Further below: A reader’s perspective.
It is the year 2057. Byron and Sallye are graduating into a new vocation. With others, they are the human presence in a technologically advanced society. Bred, raised and trained to do so, they come alongside those in distress. They are engineered to be perfect human companions. Soon, however, they realize their psychological designed environment has left Byron with scars, scars he didn’t even know existed.
Setting out to discover the source of Byron’s trauma they encounter an ugly secret kept from him by his parents and the Administration of Social Logistics (ASL) – the body which organizes the society that engulfs them.
Byron and Sallye take the reader on a quest that ranges from the heart of an agency which sets out to know all and control all, to a horse-back ride into a high alpine meadow. Along the way their lives are touched by many, including a Psychotherapy Avatar powered by Artificial Intelligence and a rescue dog named Sanctuary. They discover Byron’s long lost brother, Alton, and an impossible love triangle emerges.
The adventure of Byron and Sallye is beset by both heartbreak and resonant emotional connection. It explores fundamental human issues – life’s fragility, the need for personal freedom and meaningful connection, and one’s own responsibility to self, others and society.
A reader’s perspective
Wilton weaves a tapestry of intrigue set only four decades in the future. His efforts are a testimony to a psychologist gone novelist.
The clarity of Wilton’s descriptions allows the reader to focus on the complexity of the cast. He draws on his years as a therapist to craft engaging characters, plagued and blessed with very human issues.
As the plot unfolds, the underbelly of science and psychology reveal themselves as the well-intentioned meets the near Machiavellian. The reader has a window into, to mention only a few: the innocence of young adulthood, the pain of parenting, the grief of loss, the heartache of a love triangle, the tyranny inherent in professional rivalry. All of this in set a pastoral day to day setting.
The subtle power of the novel compels the reader to wonder: what would it truly be like to be “digitally naked”? And this, not just for us as individuals, but as a society as well.
Ronna Jevne. Registered Psychologist, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta.