The Alpha factors

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Featured Review on this writing by WolfGirl460

When Norm Walker is diagnosed with terminal boredom by a doctor friend, he has no idea of the danger and life-changing experiences waiting for him when he signs up with the mysterious Beyond/Boredom Institute for specialized treatment of the condition. His symptoms first appeared after he prematurely sold his advertising agency at a too young age. To participate in the Institute’s highly unorthodox program, Norm has to deposit two hundred thousand dollars upfront. His only chance for a full refund depends on successfully completing a series of four highly demanding and exhilarating challenges designed to force him out of his Circle of Comfort.
Using the latest artificial intelligence (AI) software and based on a comprehensive analysis of Norm’s character, the Institute generates four uniquely different Alpha Factor enhanced challenges for the patient to solve. On land and at sea, he finds love, danger, and excitement while learning to leave his boredom far, far behind. This enjoyable and satisfying story might make you laugh, cry, or be intrigued, but certainly you won’t bored….

Table of Contents


THE ALPHA FACTORS   Prologue   April 1st, 2011Seattle, Washington For the casual observer from a considerab... Read Chapter

The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis Going crazy is a frightening ordeal. It’s something that usually happens to other poor saps, not to guys like me.... Read Chapter

Searching for an answer

Searching For An Answer   That night after a lonely dinner for one, I retreated to my office, still thinking about my meetin... Read Chapter

A very special delivery

A Very Special Delivery   Waiting each day for the arrival of the FedEx truck was agonizing. I knew the Institute had alread... Read Chapter

Go fly a kite

Go fly a kite   I watched Lily’s white Mercedes until it reached the end of my driveway before returning to the kitchen. I... Read Chapter

A bicycle built for two

A Bicycle Built for Two   A few days later, I was on the phone, bringing Ted up to date on my kite flying adventures with Do... Read Chapter

The Log Cabin Inn

The Log Cabin Inn   The big Harley hummed sweetly as we approached the small city of Ely, Nevada, from the North, after foll... Read Chapter

Harold's Hangout

Harold’s Hangout (a biker bar)   Carefree, Arizona, certainly was not boring. Like most normal people, I was finding it im... Read Chapter

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome Aboard!   A few days later, Ted joined me for coffee at the Green Lake Starbucks outlet. My friend sat spellbound, l... Read Chapter

Anchor's Away!

Anchor’s Away!   With all the trip provisions safely stowed aboard, I allocated the sleeping spaces. The ship’s spacious... Read Chapter

Shark Watch!

Shark Watch! The Stargazer was running easily under full sail, on autopilot. Although the ship had the latest anti-collision radar, I... Read Chapter


Overboard! The Stargazer was feeling the impact of the rising waves. Walking on the open deck was becoming more dangerous with each p... Read Chapter

A Nocturnal Visitor

Nocturnal Visitor   Between my exhaustion and the effects of the rum, I fell into a deep slumber. Unfortunately, my badly ne... Read Chapter

Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina   Before long, the dark shadow of Santa Catalina Island appeared on the horizon. Zipper studied the charts fo... Read Chapter

Home Again

Home Again   Ten days after the flight home from Santa Catalina Island via Los Angeles, I pulled into the driveway of the mo... Read Chapter

The Institute

  The Institute We arrived in my twin-turbo Porsche right on time for our appointment. Ted was impressed by the manicured gr... Read Chapter

The Final Challenge

The Final Challenge   My worst nightmare was unfolding, and I was smack in the middle of it with no escape in sight. I was o... Read Chapter

Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss   Because Ted had his large SUV with him, he was able to give us a ride back to my cottage at Green Lake. Whe... Read Chapter

The Morning After

  The Morning After   We were chatting over a hot cup of morning coffee when Kimmy made her way into the kitchen. S... Read Chapter

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Recent Comments


I've only read the first chapter so far, but this is so well written, and I'm already intrigued. I assure you this will become a very popular story.

Sun, January 12th, 2020 5:52am


Thanks for your kind comments, WolfGirl 460. Very much appreciated!

Wes Snowden

Tue, January 14th, 2020 6:13pm


Oh wow you’re already on amazon lol good job

Wed, January 15th, 2020 2:56am

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