The Color of Lightning

A Novel

Non-Fiction - Military
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/21/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

The setting is post Civil War, 1860s. The plot is based on actual events. This is the true story on Britt Johnson?s courageous search for his family.

Looking for a new beginning former slave, Britt Johnson, his wife Mary and their family left Kentucky for Texas. They had no idea the terror that waited for them. Britt left the house angry at Mary. He returned to find his oldest son murdered and his wife and other two children missing. Johnson set out to find his family. He would not give up until he could bring them home.

Paulette Jiles is an incredible author. She successfully paints a word picture of the Camanche and Kowa plight and well as the fate of the innocents captured. Jiles never spares the reader the pain of
the era. Her words are graphic and, at times, brutal. The hero in this true story is Britt Johnson, a man that would not give up the search for his family. Johnson inspired the movie The Searchers. The Color of Lightning is beautifully written and a book you will want to put at the top of your must-read list.