This is the spell-binding story of Terry Householter, the fastest high school sprinter in 1967, and a decorated Marine hero in Vietnam. It also is the story of Kansas, the wonders of the high plains, and the valor of Marines. Terry and his school-mates are forever altered by the creeping Storm of Vietnam, and the late 1960s societal conflicts. No choir-boy, Terry was raised by grandparents, very poor, and a free spirit. He becomes a charismatic but quiet ally to average guys, inspiring people on all sides. Terry leads his track team to towering achievements. He amazingly turns down track scholarships, and joins the Marines. Terry and his Marine squad fight a horrendous, fateful battle only two weeks before his return home, earning the Bronze Star. The vel shows how people across forty years are still discovering ways Terry showed others to live well, and be a true friend, even during our darkest hours.
Chris Hamilton. Chris grew up in Concordia, Kansas, active in football, track and music. He graduated from Wichita State with a bachelor's degree, a double major in political science and music performance. He received a Masters in poli sci from the University of Missouri, Ph.D. in political science, and concentration in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Kansas. He has worked as a ranch-hand, truck driver, decorative house painter, and professor. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Poland, taught at the famous Warsaw School of Economics, was Department Chair of political science at Washburn University, Topeka, where he now teaches and writes on religions and politics, interfaith movements, the Presidency, and peace studies. He is an avid mountain climber, hiker, and drummer, and is active in Boy Scouts, and interfaith work. The House Rules is his first historical novel, although he has published academic books and papers. He claims to be the only surviving graduate of both the bitter rival Universities of Missouri and Kansas, and the best gravy maker in the American West.