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THE CHOICE

Meet The Characters

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Alan

Alan is the emotional core of "The Choice", navigating through various human experiences with empathy and introspection. With a history of facing and overcoming adversity during his childhood and early adult years, Alan brings a unique perspective to the challenges he encounters. His interactions reveal a deep capacity for empathy, which is crucial as he is thrust into a role where he must make significant decisions impacting others.

John

John, a physically imposing figure, unexpectedly gentle, surfaces next to Alan's dad with a presence that commands attention. Despite his daunting appearance, he exhibits a tender side, particularly in his interaction with Alan. John’s backstory includes deeply personal struggles and a commitment to caring for others, demonstrating complexity beneath his muscular exterior.

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Mary

Mary holds influential positions that come with controversial beliefs about social hierarchies, which she defends vigorously. She is portrayed as a polarizing figure, embodying a blend of conviction and potential contentiousness that challenges Alan’s perspectives on leadership and influence within society.

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Gabriel

Gabriel, often called Gabe, is a French doctor dedicated to working in conflict zones like Afghanistan. His life's course shifted towards medicine after the tragic death of his sister at Paris's Hôpital Necker, leading him to focus on helping vulnerable children. Experienced in the harsh realities of war, Gabriel has developed a pragmatic and somewhat cynical view of human nature and the world. He is marked by the moral weight of making life-and-death decisions in the field, assessing casualties based on survival chances rather than their needs. His conversations reveal a man deeply analytical and burdened by the ethical dilemmas his job entails.

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Florence

Flo is a chameleon-like figure, adept at shifting personas to navigate the social challenges of her upbringing marked by poverty. Her ability to adapt and the skills she developed to blend into different social settings reveal a creative and resourceful character. Flo’s interactions with Alan show her complexity and the masks she wears to cope with societal expectations.

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Umar

Umar offers Alan sage advice with a calm demeanor, reflecting on the broad consequences of even the smallest decisions. His wisdom is marked by a deep faith and a philosophical outlook on life's challenges. Umar’s presence brings a sense of peace and thoughtfulness, encouraging Alan to believe in his path and the choices he makes.

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Christina

Christina emerges as a survivor of profound hardships, marked by a history of abuse and neglect that shadows her life. Her raw and unfiltered dialogue with Alan exposes the darker underbelly of human experiences, challenging him to confront uncomfortable truths and showing the resilience and grit it takes to move forward despite past traumas.

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About the Book

Alan Didsbury wakes up on a mysterious salt plain, alongside strangers he feels he somehow knows. Tasked with a monumental decision to save humanity, Alan must navigate through personal stories and ethical dilemmas of his companions to determine what will truly make the world a better place. Join Alan as he explores themes of power, conflict, redemption, and the human condition in this gripping novel.

What Readers Say

This is an incredibly thought provoking book and I’d definitely recommend it. One of the biggest compliments I can pay a book is to say that I would read it again and ‘The Choice’ is most certainly one I’d return to. It’s a book that makes you think, to consider the world around you.

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I've always had a soft spot for philosophy and deep questions. Jones' story puts those deep questions in a human and accessible way. Essentially, a group of strangers are mysteriously placed together with the chance to change the world in a way that they perceive as progress. What will they do? Highly recommended.

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WOW!! Is it even possible to make a decision like this? Can any human with all our “PERCEIVED” wisdom make such a decision? Read, think, reread, then see if you could. This is one book you just have to read. BRAVO Dean Jones

The current state of our planet is portrayed superbly in this fantastic book ‘The Choice’ by Dean Jones. It centres around a character called Alan who along with the help of six others is told he has to make a choice. One that will change the world we live in, to fix it...to save it. Whilst Alan ultimately has to make the decision he can interview six others, all from very different backgrounds. Their various lifestyles and life experiences mean that they have very different outlooks on the world. Meaning, that if given the chance they would make very different changes to the world. Alan has to take this into account and balance those opinions with his own before he can come to the right decision. This is an incredibly thought provoking book and I’d definitely recommend it. One of the biggest compliments I can pay a book is to say that I would read it again and ‘The Choice’ is most certainly one I’d return to. It’s a book that makes you think, to consider the world around you.

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