The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

By Scott Zesch
Read by Grover Gardner

10.57 Hours 11/01/2004 unabridged
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In 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by Indians. He thrived in the Comanches’ 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. Then 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 and offers one of the few nonfiction accounts of captivity.

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Summary

Summary

In 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by Indians. He thrived in the Comanches’ 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.

Then 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 and offers one of the few nonfiction accounts of captivity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Stunningly written…Golden-voiced Grover Gardner charges his rich baritone with the thrill of discovery.” AudioFile
“A carefully written, well-researched contribution to Western history—and to a promising new genre: the anthropology of the stolen.” Kirkus Reviews
 “A fascinating, meticulously documented chronicle of the often painful confrontations between whites and Indians during the final years of Indian Territory.” Booklist
“Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Lovers of history will enjoy this slice of America intertwined with the author’s own family story.” Foreword

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Author

Author Bio: Scott Zesch

Scott Zesch grew up on a ranch in Mason, Texas. He is a freelance writer who divides him time between New York City and Art, Texas.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 10.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English