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Unfettered Journey

A literary cross-genre adventure and love story, for the intelligent reader

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Unfettered Journey is the story of Joe Denkensmith, an AI scientist who seeks to create true robot consciousness. He leaves everything behind to find answers. But a mysterious woman on a personal mission interrupts his search. Fighting unjust forces, Joe is swept into an evil plot that neither can elude. Their struggles against machines, men, and nature test the resilience of the human spirit.

"It's a captivating and fast-paced futuristic love story ... a future that feels eerily authentic..."  - She's Single Magazine

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Unfettered Journey Appendices

The rigorous philosophical ideas behind this novel are further examined in an academic book, Unfettered Journey Appendices: Philosophical Explorations on Time, Ontology, and the Nature of Mind. It is available in paperback and is included with the hardbound version of the novel. Go deep into the philosophy.

Welcome to my website

We all have many journeys. Gary’s began in a small Midwest town, where he could play unfettered in the woods, finding an early love for nature and learning self-reliance. The space program and the night skies hooked him on astronomy. After finishing college, the wide world beckoned, and his fascination with science drew him to California to participate in the booming tech industry. Now he still stares upward, wondering what it all is about.

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Let’s have a calm conversation about the future we are creating together. We can make it better. Join the conversation by coming to my blog. And find the Media tab for recent podcasts.

German Translation Launch and SIX Book Awards

By Gary F. Bengier | July 28, 2021

The writing journey continues, and the German translation of Unfettered Journey launched today. With the release of Ins Ungewisse, there now are three translations in the market. While the international novels are relatively unknown with little publicity, I was delighted to see that yesterday the Italian edition, Un viaggio senza confini, briefly hit three bestseller… Read More »German Translation Launch and SIX Book Awards

Double Book Awards

By Gary F. Bengier | April 26, 2021

It’s time for a brief note about my writing odyssey. Unfettered Journey has just garnered TWO book awards for best 2020 fiction book. Earlier this month the Wishing Shelf, based in London, announced its 2020 awards and my novel made the Finalist list. Yesterday the Eric Hoffer Book Award ‘First Horizon Finalists’ list included Unfettered… Read More »Double Book Awards

Spring Half Price Sale for Unfettered Journey

By Gary F. Bengier | March 22, 2021

I’m a bit surprised by how sensitive readers are to the price of a book. For myself, the value that I place on the time to read any book means that I rate the likely quality far ahead of price in my criteria. But this week the choice is even easier for Unfettered Journey, for… Read More »Spring Half Price Sale for Unfettered Journey

A Free Book for the New Year

By Gary F. Bengier | December 29, 2020

We begin a new year with renewed hope, that this year can be far better than last, and that the world can move forward. If you are looking for reason to hope for the future, then Unfettered Journey might be your next book. And this week you can find the Kindle and epub editions for… Read More »A Free Book for the New Year

Now a minor league No 1 Best Seller

By Gary F. Bengier | November 28, 2020

Maybe Thanksgiving turkey goes with relaxing afterwards with a good book. For whatever reason, Unfettered Journey today became a minor league Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon. Perhaps a few folks got the Adam & Eve allegory (the #1 category is Christian Classics and Allegories). Even more, the novel is on the best seller lists… Read More »Now a minor league No 1 Best Seller

Another Hopeful Story of Social Change

By Gary F. Bengier | November 8, 2020

As many celebrate a turning of a page in American democracy, I invite you to relax. Take some time to chill out. And listen to another hopeful story about social change in my novel, Unfettered Journey. At long last, it is now available today in audiobook on Audible and Or pick up the paperback… Read More »Another Hopeful Story of Social Change