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OUT of CAPTIVITY: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle Hardcover – February 24, 2009
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Marc Gonsalves is a former member of the United States Air Force who worked as a civilian military contractor for four years before the crash. He has a daughter, Destiney, and two stepsons, Cody and Joey. He lives in Connecticut.
Tom Howes has been a pilot working in the United States and South America for thirty-seven years. He currently lives with his son, Tommy, in Merritt Island, Florida.
Keith Stansell is a former Marine in the United States Marine Corps. He lives with his daughter, Lauren, his son Kyle, his twins Keith Jr. and Nick, and his fiancée, Patricia, in Bradenton, Florida.
Gary Brozek is a freelance writer and the author of more than 20 books, including 6 New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Colorado.
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I ordered this book from Amazon based on some of the reviews I have read and could not have made a better choice. Sure I vaguely recall the 5 or 10 minutes of news time these survivors received, but until one actually reads the book will you discover how lacking the evening news was on this topic. I enjoyed the style from each captives perspective as they broached the same subject matter in the same timeline. I received a much better understanding of why the captives were constantly on the move and the truly lack of intelligence their captors possesed. One of the first incidents that occurred after their capture really caught my attention and set the tone for the book. That happened when the young FARC militia ask their new captives how Americans were able to dodge bullets. After some discussion it seems these young people had watched the movie the Matrix and assumed it was real. If there was anything I would like to have had followed up on at the end of the book was, what happened to Ingred. I was able to get on the internet and read more about her. The press was a lot kinder on her then these authors were, but I tend to want to believe the authors. This book is over 400 pages long, but I rarely put it down. I kept trying to put myself in their place and ask, what would I have done or how would I have handled myself. The answer is of course, who knows unless you are put in the same situation. I would have also liked to have read more about the brave men that orchestrated the captives breakout from this unbelievable situation. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend.
Reading this book after reading "Even Silence Has An End" gives a fuller understanding of the captives and captors. A page turner. I felt the writers opened themselves to the reader in order to really share this experience.
Like Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerrilla Politics in Colombia, this book shatters the viewpoint that the FARC leaders have any true political agenda. They are exposed as self-deluded manipulators, more in love with portraying themselves as revolutionary fighters for the people than with actually doing something constructive to help the people they claim to fight for, all the while taking all the best things their lifestyle has to offer them - liquor, women, and a willing army of brainwashed servants willing to kill for their continued pleasure. Half Animal Farm, half Lord of the Flies, from the children they recruit up to the members who have been in the FARC for decades, they remain mentally little more than children playing a murderous game of dress-up. The account of the forced abortion on one of their own members made me sick. It is a stark contrast when compared to the strong minds and stronger bond of freedom shared by the three Americans caught in the middle.
These three are heroes for surviving unbroken and unbowed; but there are other heroes in this book as well: Tom Janis - for somehow landing the plane in a way that they all walked away, the murdered Luis Alcides Cruz for his service to his country, and the daring soldiers of the Colombian military for having the sheer audacity to even attempt, let alone succeed with a hostage rescue that will be studied in military academies for decades, if not longer.
Truly an awesome read, and one not to miss. This is one of the best examples of how freedom, dignity, and willpower factor into what we call "the American spirit."