Book Club: The Captured and Blood and Thunder

The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier, by Scott Zesch. Mr. Zesch began searching for information about a great-great-grand-uncle and wound up researching the experiences of several children in Texas kidnapped by indians in the 1800s. Fascinating, well researched and a big plus–well written.

Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, by Hampton Sides. This is a fascinating book for anyone with an interest in the history of this country, particularly the expansion to the West. The writing is riveting – Mr. Sides is an amazing writer, we’ve read all of his books.

Terry & Roberta Frederick

One thought on “Book Club: The Captured and Blood and Thunder

  1. While I haven’t read the Zesch book yet, an article based on the book was published in “Texas Co-op Power” the magazine of the rural electric cooperatives. Very interesting, with many photos.

    I have read “Blood and Thunder” and could not agree more with your assessment of Hampton Sides writing. It is a well researched history that reads better than most fiction. I’m currently finalizing a magazine article that revolves around an incident from the book– the 1st Battle of Adobe Walls. I’ll confess that Sides’ style has had no small influence on the article, though I’m far from being able to match his skill.

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