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About the Author
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.--This text refers to the audio_download edition.
- ASIN : B001TJ2YDW
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (February 19, 2009)
- Publication date : February 19, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 7072 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #721,189 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The thing that impressed me the most was how the three men stuck together during these 5 1/2 years of misery, and how much they benefited from their military training, especially Keith's training in the Marines. One thing that helped them keep up hope is that they understood the grim military reality of what would happen if the Columbian Army attempted a forcible rescue--they would be executed on the spot by the FARC.
While being careful not to do anything to help their enemy, they conducted themselves in such a way that most of the time the kidnappers felt they did not have to take extreme measures (like chains) to control them. They also had a lot of situational awareness. They tried to keep track of where they were geographically, and by recognizing the sounds of different aircraft they could anticipate when the time was right to escape. Fortunately the Columbian Army used deception rather than violence, so escape was not necessary.
Psychologically this training also helped them live one day at a time and survive. They make a lot of interesting observations the Columbian captives, and it is interesting to see how they attempted to avoid some of the conflict. This book has some criticisms of Ingrid Betancourt, but also recognizes her good qualities. Even Keith acknowledges "the balls" she had to attempt escape with Lucho by swimming in the snake and Caimen-infested river.
This is an inspiring book and I recommend it to other readers. I also recommend Ingrid Betancourts. It is richer emotionally. If anyone has any illusions about the FARC, I urge them to read either of these books and see how evil this organization is.
My admiration for these 3 men and their tremendous families is phenomenal!! I salute them for their indomitable courage, spirit, and resilience. God bless them, each one! Thank you! 💟
Top reviews from other countries
I couldn't put it down
I will now be reading Ingrid Betancourt next.
Ich habe parallel dazu das hochgelobte Buch von Ingrid Betancourt gelesen, die zur selben Zeit von der FARC festgehalten wurde, fand "OUT of CAPTIVITY" aber viel, viel mitreissender!!! Waehrend sich Fr. Betancourts Buch vor allem mit persoenlichen Befindlichkeiten beschaeftigt und in einem konstant arrogant-weinerlichen Tonfall erzaehlt wird, erlebt man mit Marc Gonsalves und seinen beiden Mitgefangenen viel Durchhaltewillen und Tatkraft, um im Dschungel irgendwie zu ueberleben.