The Twenty Five Years

By Bob Schueler

Draft 10 Posted Date: 10/30/2014

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An idealistic mental health worker battles a murderous politician and a soul-crushing system of care. The story, features quirky characters, some humor and some romance, set in the world of rehabilitation services for people with disabling psychiatric conditions. State Senator Margaret Finney is out of her element when she accepts a cash bribe from a mobbed up Russian software magnate. Fearing she was overheard by residents of the mental health group home next door, she takes steps to protect herself. As her tactics grow ever more deadly, an idealistic mental health worker finds himself fighting more than a flawed system of care. He and the sister of one of the witnesses lead a team of quirky misfits into battle against forces that threaten more than their jobs. The Twenty Five Years explores the issues surrounding the shortened life-span of those living with mental illnesses, as well as the flaws and contradictions in a system of care designed as much to keep them hidden as to help them. It is a story about power, and the resilience of the human spirit.

About the Author:

Bob Schueler has had a long career in mental health rehabilitation services. He has turned to fiction recently as a way to illuminate issues that he cares deeply about. He has found working to help people with psychiatric disabilities to rebuild their lives to be fascinating and rewarding. Those working in the field, if they care enough, have to wrestle with personal and philosophical issues that are both difficult and universal. Bob has worked in the field for 45 years, and has served on the board of directors of the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Association. He is semi-retired, and lives in Arlington Mass with his wife and dog.

Author's Note:

I like to read books about interesting characters and their struggles, with their work as well as with each other. I prefer stories without high body counts. I would like feedback on how engaging the story is. Did the story hold your interest, or did it bog down? If so, where? How well are the practice issues explained and brought to life in the story? Are the issues the characters fight about, regarding the fundamental nature of their work, clear and, more importantly, interesting?

Requested feedback Criteria: Overall Feedback, Character Development, Plot, Pacing, Setting, Continuity

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