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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes, Keith Stansell, Gary Brozek Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On February 13, 2003, a plane carrying three American civilian contractors—Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes—crash-landed in the mountainous jungle of Colombia. Dazed and shaken, they emerged from the plane bloodied and injured as gunfire rained down around them. As of that moment they were prisoners of the FARC, a Colombian terrorist and Marxist rebel organization. In an instant they had become American captives in Colombia’s volatile and ongoing conflict, which has lasted for almost fifty years.

In Out of Captivity, Gonsalves, Stansell, and Howes recount their amazing tale of survival, friendship, and, ultimately, rescue, tracing their five and a half years as hostages of the FARC. Their story takes you inside one of the world’s most notorious terrorist organizations, going behind enemy lines with vivid and haunting imagery. Their words conjure a reality that few people have ever encountered—from sleeping on beds literally carved out of the jungle to escaping Colombian military air strikes under the cover of darkness to being bound with steel chains by their captors. Describing backbreaking starvation marches and forced isolation, the authors chronicle their confrontations and interactions with the FARC guerrilla soldiers—a motley crew of brainwashed, idealistic teenagers and seasoned veterans who’ve been around long enough to realize that the only way out of the FARC is in a body bag.

Though the physical punishments their bodies endured were unrelenting, the psychological battles they waged were the ultimate test of their resolve. With candid detail, Gonsalves, Stansell, and Howes relate the perilous mental struggles they each experienced, as they grappled with feelings of guilt, fear, and anxiety for the families and lives they’d left behind. Exposing the transformative power of captivity, they show how they turned these fears into strengths, using their memories and their families, their pasts and their futures, to motivate them in their quest for survival.

Despite the odds and the conditions, despite the chains and the silence, and despite the often tense relationships they experienced with their fellow Colombian hostages, they had one another, forging a bond that allowed them to cope with the horrific conditions of their confinement. This brotherhood enabled them to persevere through the worst that the FARC threw at them, always reminding them of their ultimate goal: freedom.

A harrowing account of one of the longest civilian hostage crises in United States history, Out of Captivity is a remarkable and compelling exploration of how far three Americans were willing to go as they fought to stay alive for themselves, their families, and one another.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yneleal | 2/17/2014

    " Good, very sad and honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt Pecevich | 2/7/2014

    " Really hard to read at times because of the subject matter. I've been to Colombia, although not these parts, and it's a great reminder to respect foreign countries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Allison | 2/6/2014

    " I love that each of them had their own voice and their own personal experiences. I'm just so glad they're home and that since then so many FARC leaders have been captured or killed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ariadna73 | 1/24/2014

    " This is what I loved about this book: the authors are not interested in public service in Colombia. There are a million pages written about kidnapped people; but they always want something back: a vote. Here are these three guys that only want to tell the world what happened to them and how they survived. I loved the story and the fact that they are neutral to the Colombian conflict. "

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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.