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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 May 22, 2009

    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 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down

    This book is very well written, continually keeping me eager to know what happens next. Some of the action is disturbing, yet likely accurate. The book, based on a true story, conveys a feel for that turbulent period of time and place in American history. I particularly appreciate the point made in the book that although cruelty is unacceptable on the part of both Native Americans and settlers, and that people on both sides are confronted with complicated dilemmas, it was the injustice perpetrated by the "new" Americans that set the conflict in motion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

    AWESOME

    I absolutely love Paulette Jiles. All her books are amazing. Her characters, her story line, her visual imagery. I can't say enough. You do need to like historical fiction, however.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    I usually would not write to an author but this woman is excepti

    I usually would not write to an author but this woman is exceptional. I could not put the book down - it was written in a way that kept me interessted as you began to live along with the characters during the really difficult times after and during the civil war. You get a good perspective of the difference in our races and the struggles to survive. Thank you Ms.Jiles for an outstanding book. I am anxious to read more of your writings.I strongly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Another high-caliber novel from Jiles

    I reread Jiles' "Enemy Women" about once a year, and this novel did not disappoint. Jiles is a master storyteller, this novel is rich in character and historical accuracy.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Excellent story.

    It is so sad what we did to the Indians.

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