The Captured

  • by Scott Zesch
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family. That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled upon his great-great-great-uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch traveled across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historian's rigor and a novelist's eye, Zesch paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier in The Captured and offers one of the few nonfiction accounts of captivity.

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What the Critics Say

"A fascinating, meticulously documented chronicle of the often-painful confrontations between whites and Indians during the final years of Indian Territory." (Booklist)

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Kidnapped - 10 Year Old Adolpy Korn

The Captured is billed as the story of the kidnapping of 10 year old Adolph Korn by Plains Indians. That is not totally accurate, but the book is no less exciting, interesting, informative, and captivating (pardon the pun). What Scott Zesch actually does is tell what is known about the kidnapping while fleshing out the era with information about other such kidnappings. Zesch is particularly helpful when he relates how captive children were integrated into indian culture, how they were returned to their families if they were, and how they adapted to their white lives after captivity (if they did at all).

This book is well written, very informative and expertly read by Grover Gardner. This is a great listen.
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- Roy

A taste of real life on the prairies of the west.

I have a small amount of American Indian blood in my history. I never read or studied anything in my life until the last few years, when my curiosity started to drive me to study the plight of the American Indians for a while. I have read a number of books trying to understand a bigger picture of what the end must have looked like for the American Indian’s living on the open plains of the west. After reading about Cynthia Anne Parker I had to read more about the children who were captured and raised by American Indian tribes.

I am not surprised but sad to see that this book points out so many inconsistencies in the books that I have read so far. There are so many “lies” (for lack of a better word) told about the Indians and how they treated people. It is also sad to see that we still objectify the Indians and rationalize the genocide perpetrated on them by all of the immigrant Americans, meaning those of European ancestry.

Much like “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, this book paints, what I have come to believe is much more accurate picture of how the “Americans” waged a war on the Indians with the intent of wiping them out then named monuments, streets and markers to celebrate those who presided of the slaughter of, relatively innocent women, children and old men. The names of Wynkoop, Chivington, Sheridan, Forsyth and many more, are words that should be used as pejoratives or synonyms of evil.

This is a well written story. The facts as presented stand on their own under closer scrutiny. Unlike my review the author, Scott Zesch, is balanced and measured with his presentation of the facts around the events. The Zesch carried the story through a logical conclusion and wrote a fantastic ending or closing to his book. I enjoyed his style, the book, the presentation of a balanced truth and a viewpoint that I did not have before reading the book. This one is worth your time, even if you only want a taste of life on the prairies of the west.
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- PhilEll72

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.