A different kind of lockdown...
Do you value your mother’s health above peace in the Middle East?
How about your career over global warming?
If a company runs the best graduate scheme in the world, then it can afford to be probing with its interview questions.
When Joe Massey is offered a role aboard Schelldhardt’s luxurious headquarters at sea, he discovers that the company mission is beyond anything he had ever imagined.
Strange dreams disturb his sleep, and it soon becomes clear that nothing is quite as it seems.
Is he really the right man for the job? And if not, then why is he there at all?
Steve is a writer of contemporary fiction, who enjoys reading many different kinds of books.
Originally from Essex, Steve now lives on the South Coast of England with his family, after a few happy years spent in New Zealand. The Path of Good Response is his first novel. He has spent most of his working life in the IT industry, but writing is his real passion.
The workplace has changed a great deal during Steve's career. He started writing The Path of Good Response back in 2016, and the fictional company in the novel, Schelldhardt, seems less of an exaggeration by the year. It appears that reality is fast catching up with dystopian writing, and in many ways overtaking it. Does the ultimate company have zero employees, and generate exponential returns for shareholders? Companies cannot grow forever: it's a logical truth. The language of measurement and control is something we all have to live with now: stakeholders, SLAs and metrics, to name but a few. Where is it taking us, and who sees the benefit? For Schelldhardt , the ultimate offshore company — good is anything that allows the corporation to grow.
When the protagonist, Joe, has his student debt cleared on day one, Schelldhardt effectively control him. He has to make difficult decisions on behalf of the company, though he has no idea why. Isolated from family and friends, aboard a vast ship at sea, he is forced to question what is really important to him. Particularly, his relationship with Rachel.
At its heart, The Path of Good Response is about making choices. We all get out of bed every day and are confronted by decisions. How do we prioritise the most important things in our lives — family, career or the wider world? It's hard to recognise or accept that our own thinking may be flawed. We are all products of our environment, and are blinded by our own experiences and relationships.
Can there really be a perfect choice, and what if it could be changed?
He hopes that you enjoy reading his book, and welcomes any feedback.