The Skimmer

Out of Captivity

By Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell and Tom Howes, with Gary Brozek Morrow; 457 pages

In February 2003, three American contractors crash-landed in the Colombian jungle and were captured by FARC, the country's long-lasting Marxist rebel group. For the next five years, the three were held hostage--many of their captors little more than brainwashed youths with guns--facing snakes, insects, disease and constant movement from one dank jungle camp to the next. But the character earning the most scorn in their lengthy account turns out to be a fellow captive. French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, whose rescue in the same mission...

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