Out of Captivity

Out of Captivity is 451 pages, plus sixteen pages of photos of their prison camps and families, but well worth every page if you’re looking for a real life story of survival. Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes kept daily journals during their more than five years in captivity. Those journals were crucial to remember the daily details of their 20-hour marches through treacherous terrain and starvation at the hands of the Colombian rebel group, the FARC. Their co-author Gary Brozek helped them transcribe those diaries into an easy to read chronicle so that by the end, I really felt like I knew the men – their personalities, their opinions, and how they would react to certain questions. Plus, reading the book was a great way to learn about the politics affecting Colombia and the global drug trade.

Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Tom Howes - after and before they were freed from the FARC in Colombia

Click here to read more about their book, Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle.

This website has more information on the documentary, Held Hostage in Colombia.