Recovering Idiot

Ben Casper


20th Century (multiple decades)

Ben Casper

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Ben Casper has always viewed life through a different lens than most. His lens is scratched, cracked, upside down and never been cleaned. It is opaque at best. Readers impressions are generally disbelief, loud laughter and awe at his wife's saintly qualities. All stories are true. In his mind, everyone can be trusted, money can be made in any endeavor, bankers should be more patient with overdrafts and danger is simply non-existent until it actually happens. Momentous decisions can and therefore should be made at the drop of a hat with absolutely no planning or forethought. With this mindset, Ben's 60+ years on planet earth have far-exceeded a wide range of spectator's and close associate's projections of expected life span, both physically and fiscally. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment in high school was flunking Algebra One three years in a row, staying exact and consistent with his grades each year. He received a C- in a creative writing class. With this impressive background, he has been an entrepreneurial whiz, starting up and trying to make a buck in numerous businesses. For 40+ years he never gave up in his quest to strike the mother lode. He always ended up a day late and a hundred grand short. He never had to declare bankruptcy but usually produced P&L's that appeared to represent a non-profit organization. He yearned through the years to just once have the opportunity to pay income tax but never quite made the bracket. He has had accidents with bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, tractors and airplanes without experiencing even one fatality. He was in a coma for a week and emerged without any brain...well, let's just leave it at that. And, last but not least, he has penned a 523 page book that has received rave reviews on Amazon. Go figure. (Amazon lists the book publish date as 1999. Totally incorrect)


Memoir, Comedy, Detective, Melodrama, Religious, Action, Crime, Drama, Family, Young Adult, Suspense / Thriller, Mystery, Satire, Romance, Adventure, Biographical

Short Summary

Ben was raised on a farm in Southeastern WA, the oldest of nine children. Throughout his life he has been plagued by poor judgment skills which have resulted in traumatic injuries, life and death comedic situations that never seem to end, and a marital story line that has endured 40 years.


Basin City, WA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Ben Casper

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Clumsy, Confident, Desperate, Outspoken, Romantic, Visionary, Adventurous, Aggressive, Perseverance, Sarcastic, Blunt, Decisive, Empathetic, Engaging, Funny, Insecure, Aspiring, Complex, Crazy, Flexible, Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Michele

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Educated, Empathetic, Faithful, Modest, Naive, Religious, Selfless, Charming, Complex, Honorable, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Bill

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Selfless, Educated, Faithful, Skillful, Insecure, Modest, Religious, Decisive, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Aspiring, Confident

Additional Character Details

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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