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Mental Health Wars


By Mark Ridler

ISBN: 978-1-78382-258-4
Published: 2016
Pages: 159
Key Themes: Mental Health,fiction


Key themes: Mental Health Wars,

This book tells a fictional story of the CIA and MI5 battling to stay one step ahead in the face of 2 new technological inventions based on psychological effects. The trail has led to the historic town of Exeter, where the CIA are experimenting on the general population and The Cedars mental hospital in particular, without British consent.

After the initial frenzy, MI5 get the measure of what is going on and a complex international situation develops, where David Cameron and Barack O'bama cooperate for a while, before competitive tensions emerge once more.

The CIA open an office in Exeter where the main characters, Julia Barnes, Kingsley Khan, Henning Horlicks and Theofanes Raptor lead the charge. Their antics regularly bring them moral dilemmas as a result of their work. And it forces them to think long and hard about what their technology is really telling them. Conspiracy theories abound.

The hunt focuses on “Leather Jacket Man” or LJM, who has a Bipolar mental health profile and lives close to the epicentre and the end of the trail, St Thomas church. His character is based on the real-life experiences of the author, including Psychosis and Paranoia that develop as a result of him believing that security services are following him around.

In the final chapters, a new mobile technology called SuperVan hits the streets and is used to follow the trail in reverse, starting in the USA and ending up in Australia.

LJM discovers the answer to the question of Telapathy, but keeps it a secret from the CIA and MI5. Until next time!

About the Author

Mark was diagnosed with unipolar disorder (depression) in 1998, following the death of his first child. He spent 3 months in Wonford House in Exeter, receiving cognitive behavioural therapy and a series of antidepressants.

He fought to come off the drugs and was basically fit and well for the next 15 years.

Mark has subsequently achieved good health, albeit with an ongoing underlying depression.

Book Extract

Exeter Operations

"Exeter is a city of great antiquity and fame, renowned for its loyalty and zeal for monarchy amidst all revolution."

Not anymore.

The crowds were camped out on Grace Road South, opposite the new Energy Recovery Facility on Marsh Barton. And if their banners were anything to go by, they were definitely not on the side of Her Majesty's Government. "End The Hum". "The Hum Stops Now". "Shame on The Government". "No More Headaches".

The people managing the facility didn't know what to do. They struggled to drive to work in the morning and had to stand guard on the gates to stop the masses from pouring in. Their management assured them that they were operating no more than an energy processing plant as per the design and that the rest was a conspiracy theory. At one point they even offered guided tours of the building, a dozen at a time, but because the people didn't really know what they were looking at, this did nothing to dispel the rumours.

It made the news in the local rag, the Express and Echo. Crowd members had been interviewed and reported a variety of symptoms from hearing a low-level humming noise, to headaches, to hearing sounds and seeing flashes of light. Some even reported hearing voices, but they were advised to seek psychiatric care.

The Echo had then conducted a poll across a sample of the 120,000 city members. Initial results indicated roughly 10% of the population had experienced something, but it was thought that numbers in the St Thomas area could be higher because of the close proximity to Marsh Barton. A second poll was under way by the time the story made it as far as the national press.

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 26 July, 2016.