- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312317875
- ISBN-13: 978-0312317874
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 365 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier Hardcover – October 21, 2004
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That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity.
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Found the voice of the narrator to be good to listen to for extended periods.
The writing is not as well-done as that of Boys in the Boat--another non-fiction, historically accurate audio book we listened to on a previous trip but it is enjoyable.
Some of the material is not that surprising since we are native Texans and have read about frontier history.
The graphic details of treatment of victims is disturbing but not sensationalized...just accurate.
We haven't finished it because we made it home before the final disc.
When that happened with Boys in the Boat, I bought the Kindle book version and finished it w/o listening to the audio version...because the story/characterization was that compelling...
This story not so much--maybe because it is fragmented among several captured children and most of the outcome is given away at the initial part of the book...
But it is interesting and for someone who is not as familiar with this niche it might be more compelling...
What I liked about this book is that the author is even-handed. Neither the Whites nor the Indians are described as heroes or demons, and the reader is allowed to come to their own conclusion. I also liked how the author researched thoroughly, the background of each of the individuals he brings up in the book. He tells the reader their life story from the time of their abduction until the time of their death - and all the interesting details in between.
Most importantly, the author tries his best to understand the draw some of these children had for the "Indian way of life," and why some did not want to be re-united with their families.
Sometimes non-fiction books - at least for me - can have periods of dry spells. This one did not. This book was difficult to put down, and very easy to pick up. I couldn't wait to get to the end when I would figure out what had happened to all of these individuals.
And interesting read about a very conflicted time in United States history. Highly recommend!