Rich Adams

 

delight in connecting "factual dots" and posing provocative questions. I also love the Lord and all things patriotic, West Point, Christmas, and Dickens, as well as traveling the world and talking to diverse groups about my narratives and life experiences.

My first narrative, The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War, speaks to the most traumatic episode in U.S. history - the American Civil War. In a factually based story told in flashback from the first major battle of the war (First Bull Run), the reader experiences this defining history through the lens of West Point and those about to graduate.

Since publishing Eben Kruge, a story about Charles Dickens and what inspired him to pen A Christmas Carol, I've co-written its screenplay with son, Richie Adams, hopefully a future feature film. Richie (www.rrc.la and RichieAdams.comis the award-winning writer, director, and producer of Of Mind and Music about a beautiful street singer suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the Jazz that made it famous. The film stars Academy Award Nominee Ruth Nega, Aunjanue Ellis, Joaquim De Almeida, Bill Cobbs, and Sharon Lawrence.   

I am soon to publish my third novel, Song Bé, a fiction based in fact that begins three hours before an evening symphony performance at the Orpheum Theater in present day New Orleans. Richard Foxworth (Fox), an internationally renowned architect, is suddenly undone by what his wife discovers in the lining of his old army field jacket. The find unearths his role as a second lieutenant in the Battle of Song Bé during the Vietnam Tet Offensive of 1968 – a battle in which he is severely wounded and medevac’d to Walter Reed Army Hospital. After six months at Walter Reed and having no recollection of the battle or the disturbing dream he's had every night since the battle, he is transferred to Rollingwood Sanitarium for psychological treatment. As Fox and his wife prepare for the concert, her innocent questions threaten defenses constructed years earlier by Dr. Steinberg. At the concert, emotionally drained, Fox is unable to stay awake...unable to resist the long dormant dream.

Beyond narratives, I love poetry and have included some of my poems on the website.


In Their Eyes (West Point's Long Gray Line...the bond across the stage)
Club Vail (The magic of Vail)
Venice Wine (The lure of Venice)

A Prayer For Witness (The Great Commission)
The Spirit's Fruit (God's work in us)
Dearest Child (A pledge to a newborn)

A bit more about me

I am the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point, and a member of the Class of 1967. After tours in Vietnam and flying in the Middle East, I left the Army in 1974 to learn about being an engineering consultant. In 1981, I formed my own consulting company, and later sold it, and now practice on my own as a forensic consultant (civil/environmental engineering). 

In late 1967, six months after graduating from the Academy, I deployed to Vietnam with the third brigade of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell to be the artillery forward observer for D Company of the 1/506th Infantry (WWII "Band of Brothers"), an experience that figures in my writing of Song Bé.

While managing my consulting company, I carved out time to mentor others as an SMU adjunct professor in its graduate school of engineering, and as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point. After selling the company, my wife and I chose to share time between Sandestin, Florida, and the Vail Valley of Colorado, where I became an amateur mountain man and a ski instructor for Vail Resorts. 

 

Whether taking a six-year-old grandson on a hike to the top of a Colorado "Fourteener," bringing the joy of skiing to three Alabama sisters, or sipping Venice wine, I enjoy life, my incredible family, and so many friends - new and not so new. And as Tiny Tim might have said, had the story continued, "God is good, and I am blessed!"

 

 

 

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