Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle

Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle


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ISBN-13: 9780061769535
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/09/2010
Pages: 457
Sales rank: 801,910
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.87(d)

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Authors' Note xi

Selected FARC Guerrillas 2003-2008 xiii

Prologue: A Place to Crash xv

1 Choke, and Challenges 1

2 Changes in Altitude 30

3 ?Qui?n Sabe? 60

4 The Transition 82

5 Settling In 115

6 Proof of Life 141

7 Caribe 167

8 Broken Bones and Broken Bonds 197

9 Ruin and Recovery 230

10 Getting Healthy 255

11 Dead 281

12 Running on Empty 298

13 Reunited 321

14 The Swamp 345

15 Politics and Pawns 372

16 Fat Camp 399

17 Freedom 413

18 Homecoming 430

Acknowledgments 453

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Out of Captivity 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gonsalves, Stansell and Howes have done a great service to the United States of America and the Democracy of Colombia. This book should cement the relationship between the two countries. It brings the personal level of the Colombian Civil War home to any US Citizen that reads about the confilict. The book is more exciting than a novel and every word is from the true life experience of three americans. My wife is a Colombian who spent the first 61 years of her life in Colombia. I have been a tourist in Colombia many times and have never felt thretened as long as I didn't venture into the country side where the thug, terroists reside. Mr. Brozek shows how beautiful the country is through the eyes of Marc, Keith and Tom. It is very disheartening to me to know that the U.S. Congress voted down the Colombia Free Trade Agreement at the same time these three Patriotic Americans were in captivity. The book depicts the patriotism of the Colombian Army and shows their respct for Americans. Many of our distinguished senators said they voted against the Colombian Free Trade Agreement because of Human Rights Issues in Colombia. This book shows the fallacy of this belief. The whole world should now know that the Colombian Revoloutionary Armed Forces (FARC) are inhuman in there treatment of themselves and all their hostages. Every decent law abiding person should help support any effort to free the remaining 700 hostages from the tyrannical FARC. The FARC are nothing but low life thugs and make up a very small portion of the Colombian population. The book proves what many of us have known for a long time, Hugo Chavez supports the FARC. The whole world needs to help the Colombian Government eradicate the FARC guerrillas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book when I was on my way back to the US from Colombia. This book is about three contractors whose plane goes down in the Colombian jungle when they are immediately captured by the FARC. This is their story of 1,967 days in captivity. From the crash, to time spent in captivity to the reunion with their family. Since my unit played a significant part in their recovery, I HAD to read this. This is more than worth the cost of the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being that most of the books written by the hostages are in spanish, it was a huge relief to get hands on a book in English and written by Americans. Being Colombian-American myself, I could identify and was not surprised by the "accusations" as many in Colombia state that the 3 contractors are making regarding Ingrid Betancourt. Bottom line is that everyone that has since been liberated from the jungle will give their version and I'm happy that the Americans were of the first to give theirs. Congratulations on writing this book and to the Colombia/US govt' on Opertaion Jacque.
yaktrax More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story told in a way that made it hard to put the book down. Even though I knew the outcome of their captivity, their story was captivating.
rafalweb More than 1 year ago
Amazing how the authors were able to squeeze 5 years worth of captivity, and the experiences therein, into 300 some-odd pages. I never felt like I was reading a crib-notes version of the story, but got a real sense of what it was like to be held captive for so long in such degrading conditions. Vivid descriptions and development of all involved in the book. Emotional and real. Highly recommended.
Lynly More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book about the three men's captivity and their bravery and stalwart way of dealing with life in the jungle. I really admire them. Humans can get used to just about anything. I felt like I had to finish reading it so they could get rescued!! So I did. and they did. I wonder if Tom is still single. I would like to meet him.
Lucki1 More than 1 year ago
To read of these mens' miserable lives and years of suffering in captivity brought chills to my being. Arriving in Columbia just weeks after their escape, and having worked there as an American, heavily watched and continuously guarded, it was to say the least revealing. All I could imagine as i read the first hand accounts of their six years in captivity was how devastating the loss of time with my loved ones would be. How the fear, anger, despair, suffering, uncertainty all played terrible "games" with their minds and families. Thank God for their escape and pray that all those being held still, some going on ten years as captives may soon be released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! I could hardly put the book down. My heart pours out to them and any others in captivity. Their strength, faith, and perseverance was amazing and humbling. If only we as Americans in our cozy little homes could appreciate life as much as they learned to. May God continue to bless them as He already has done. I have recommended this to others and will continue to do so.
debs4jc on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This harrowing account from 3 Americans--Marc, Tom, and Keith--who were held hostage by FARC in Columbia will leave you thankful for your mundane life. The three were part of a team that was doing survellience work, the book starts with their plane crashing in the jungle where they immediately find themselves under machine gun fire by the FARC. The 3 are seperated from the others (who didn't make it out) and so starts their journey of forced marches, hellish camps, and abuse by their captors--and surprisingly other hostages as well. Their account is straightforward, honest, and full of enough details to make me grateful for the safely of my everyday life. It is a powerful tale of survival, I highly recommend it to fans of survival stories or anyone who has an interest in International culture/politics.
wktarin on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Interesting - but lacked conflict and distinct narrative voices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read sometimes a little slow as a lot of detail
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These three guys went to hell and back. To bad their women weren't strong enough to see them through their ordeal. Glaad to hear they are all doing well now.
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