Book Talk: The Rupture by Richard Conard
The Rupture by Richard Conard is a gripping account of America’s recent history.
“Two families witness the coming and going of the seasons from 1957 to 2009 in Nederland, Colorado, a small town 8,200 feet above sea level, 15 miles west of Boulder. Naomi Kurtis, Robert Phyler, their daughter Janet, and their son Frank live in a four-room cabin. Robert is looking forward to a full-fledged professorship that will allow the family to move to a bigger house, and Naomi works part-time at a café while finishing her master’s degree in structural engineering systems.
Frank and Janet Phyler go to school in Boulder. They get daily rides to and from school from their neighbor, Chip Mendez, who refuses to get compensation for his assistance. Chip is one of the most popular kids at school. His father, Benito Mendez, owns a 4,400-acre cattle ranch. He and his wife, Carla, have seven children, all raised to respect and follow their family traditions with pride and integrity. But Jesus Mendez is different from the other Mendez kids. Characterized by his teachers as indolent, obstinate, and incorrigible, Jesus does not have friends, and Benito ignored him, at best, to avoid his anger and disgust from morphing into more conflicts. This father-son relationship signaled the forebodings looming on the horizon.
Then on April 20, 1999, two young men went on a killing spree, killing fifteen and injuring twenty-four. After twenty years, the Columbine High School Massacre, the first mass shooting in America, continues to haunt the families of victims and the families of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the two twelfth-grade perpetrators from the same school. What many considered an anomaly, an exception in crime record, happened again and again since 1999—fifty mass shootings, over 530 deaths. These figures beg for the question to be asked: what went wrong? And coincidentally, who are the Mendezes and the Phylers in our society? How are they related to the Columbine Massacre?
Author Richard Conard wrote a strong message in The Rupture, an invective of gun violence happening in America and, at the same time, a reflection of America’s past, present, and possibly, unless the urgent need is addressed, its future.
A definite page-turner.
Reviews and What Readers Say
" The Rupture is the story of America and Americans. It follows four generations of two families from the mid 1950's until 2009. It is a history lesson seen through the eyes of the people in the story. For those of us who have been there, it is a stroll down memory lane, recalling the good times and the worst times. We can easily identify with the characters in the story. They experience all that live has to throw at us. The story constantly takes the temperature of America, analyzing it from the various viewpoints of all Americans. The Rupture is a model for the American Dream. It details the successes of the two families, even though several of the characters have fatal flaws which lead to their demise. It also takes us through the stages of life, from infancy, to adolescence, from adulthood to old age. All of this against the backdrop and climate of America; its changes, its progress, and its tragedies. The Rupture leaves us wondering what will happen next? It is up to every American to write the next chapter."
— Louis Leitner, Amazon Client Review, Verified Purchase
Reviewed by Gabrielle Lanham
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Richard Conard is a retired architect, since 2007, when he quit practicing architecture in Denver, Colorado and built a home on the lake of his childhood in Minnesota where his intent was to ski, fish, golf, relax and read. One intent was to catch up on the literary classics and those authors and books for which there wasnt sufficient time while fully employed. The winters in northwest Minnesota are long and frigid and considerable time is spent indoors. At some point where Conards main interests seemed focused on historical fiction and where current world events mirrored the experiences of the latter half of the 20th century, he imagined a story. And rather than waiting to read it he attempted to write it. The Rupture is the result of that effort.