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The Color of Lightning (P.S. Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The setting is post Civil War, 1860s. The plot is based on actual events. This is the true story on Britt Johnson?s courageous search for his family.

The setting is post Civil War, 1860s. The plot is based on actual
events. This is the true story on Britt Johnson?s courageous search
for his family.
Looking for a new beginning former slave, Britt Johnson, his wife Mary
and their family left Kentucky for Tex...
The setting is post Civil War, 1860s. The plot is based on actual
events. This is the true story on Britt Johnson?s courageous search
for his family.
Looking for a new beginning former slave, Britt Johnson, his wife Mary
and their family left Kentucky for Texas. They had no idea the terror
that waited for them. Britt left the house angry at Mary. He returned
to find his oldest son murdered and his wife and other two children
missing. Johnson set out to find his family. He would not give up
until he could bring them home.
Paulette Jiles is an incredible author. She successfully paints a
word picture of the Camanche and Kowa plight and well as the fate of
the innocents captured. Jiles never spares the reader the pain of
the era. Her words are graphic and, at times, brutal. The hero in
this true story is Britt Johnson, a man that would not give up the
search for his family. Johnson inspired the movie The Searchers. The
Color of Lightning is beautifully written and a book you will want to
put at the top of your must-read list.

posted by ReviewYourBook.com on May 22, 2009

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1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Do your homework

Could have been a good book. But author should be ashamed for not doing her homework. Weatherford, Texas is not in Young County Texas, in fact Young County is not even a surrounding County. Weatherford, Texas is in Parker County. There is no Dry Fork of the Trinity ...
Could have been a good book. But author should be ashamed for not doing her homework. Weatherford, Texas is not in Young County Texas, in fact Young County is not even a surrounding County. Weatherford, Texas is in Parker County. There is no Dry Fork of the Trinity River and you cannot see the Brazos River from anywhere in Weatherford, TX. The Brazos is 17 miles west of Weatherford. Geographical locations in a book should at least be accurate, it does not take much to check locales. And to make it even worse she list her hometown as Southwest, TX. Shame on you Ms.Jiles. and next time do your homework.

posted by 1842550 on September 24, 2011

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Historical Adventure that's Unforgettable

    While a work of fiction based on many real characters and events, THE COLOR OF LIGHTNING gives a good view of faulty government intervention, the hardships of frontier life and the philosphies of Native Americans before total domination by Christian Europeans. While the book focuses on the warring tribes(Kiowa and Commanche)the reader is given a peek at the more "civilized" side of Native American life by showing treatment of captives as well as tribal members after a state of acceptance has been achieved.
    The Color of Ligtning, when combined with Cheyenne Autumn (the book, not the watered down movie)provides, in my opinion, an excellent opportunity for educational entertainment.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Based on True Events

    A really good read. If you like history, you'll appreciate this story. It's interesting and well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Very good

    A good account of the plight of the indians and their fight to hold on to their land. Moves fast and is well written.

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