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The Missing : A Novel

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  297 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The year is 1886 and old Samuel Jones, broken in body and soul, has ridden hard to reach his daughter’s remote New Mexico ranch—ridden hard so that he can die there. But Maggie Baldwin, grown and with children of her own, wants nothing to do with this man who abandoned her and her mother thirty years earlier to live with the Indians. Nothing, that is, until renegade Apache ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published November 11th 2003 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published March 21st 1995)
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Dennis Goshorn
I was attracted to this book after watching the movie by the same name. Of course the book is different and better than the movie—but the story of forgiveness, healing and redemption is evident in both. If you don't want to spend the time reading the novel, then get the movie.
I love the Western genre, but this story could just as easily take place in modern day America. The west of the 1880s is merely the setting that the author choose.
This book impressed me enormously. Filled with pathos, it left me gasping at the depths it took me to emotionally. I loved it - hated it, hated the way it made me feel, and yet I couldn't stop reading it. I highly recommed this book.
I first came across this story as a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchet and as a lover of westerns it became one of my favourites.
The story centres on and old man who finds his family after being away for about 30 years.
He is met with hatred from his daughter and curiosity from hid granddaughters.
He is and old man who has become more Indian than white and has come home to die.
Circumstances intervene and one of the daughters is kidnapped by slave traders the gang is led by a rather
This is not the type of book I normally read. I liked it, but didn't love it. The author did use a lot of good imagery though. I have to quote this part because it's amazingly good. "...there was nothing. No wind. No voices. Just the...leather noises from their saddles." Wow. That is something I wouldn't think to write, but I could totally feel like I was there when I read that!
I found the main charactor Jones frustrating as he remained a mysterious figure throughtout the book and at times his lack of dialogue prevented the flow of the storyline. I found Maggie and Dot strong women but they needed more to do and there was a lot more potential with their development.

The Apache family was hurriedly introduced and interesting charactors removed before we had a chance to get to know them.

I though the lame one would have a more significant connection to the storyline and f
Joanie Driemeyer
I stayed up late finishing this one. I loved everything about it. I felt like i was there. Just stunning.

Read it.
The Missing...formerly The Last Ride
Though a bit slow, I found I couldn't put this book down. The spiritual struggle faced by all of the characters got weary at times, but was realistic and dynamic. I really felt for the main heroine, Maggie, and the relationship with her father was built up nicely. The novel presents some very strong women, which I appreciated, and made you question the idea of family. Though I whined a bit about the pace, I must have really been drawn into the story because I had tears in my eyes at the end. A l ...more
Gripping, thought-provoking, brutal, spiritual, and tender... This book by Eidson kept me emotionally engaged from page 1. A familiar plotline, where a young woman is abducted by Apaches and family members are desperately trying to find her. The difference is in who is searching and the backstory that exists between the searchers. Excellent story! Later made into a movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchette.
Edgar Mora-Reyes
Bellos paisajes y una narrativa entretenida e interesante. Una bella y trágica novela que me mantuvo en todo momento en un "sube y baja" emocional. Personajes bien creados, con personalidad y gran realismo, el autor logra su cometido al contar una historia bien llevada y con una gran estructura.
Altamente recomendable.
LOVED this book. Gorgeous western writing, and the female protagonist simply leap off the page with such depth and strength that it makes you wonder what kind of incredible women Thomas Eidson has in his life to be able to write about them this way.

The Indian Sorcery and religion was fascinating, and made even better by the fact that there's a film version of this novel (The Missing).
Thomas Edison has created a fantastic story that captures the Native American in conflict with the white American, which turns out to be an unforgettable tale of redemption and ultimate reconciliation, set amidst a harsh unforgiving landscape. This is an exciting thought provoking adventure story. The characters are wonderfully created and the narrative holds you throughout. "Great escapism"
This book was amazing, compelling, beautiful. There are few books that I would recommend to absolutely everyone, but this is one of the few that make it into that category for me. The writing is engaging, the characters are beautifully developed and the story is both uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time.
Gary Mcgibbon
This book takes you on a deep and emotional path. From page one you are drawn in to their world. You can almost taste the dust. A wonderful heart wrenching tale. This book will certainly stir your every emotion, even for the hardy. You become hopeful of a happy conclusion. I shall not spoil. A must read.
John Butz
A very easy and enjoyable read. I found the story compelling and engaging. The writing is simple and direct. This is the kind of story you could read in a single sitting of about 3-4 hours. Not a typical western by any means.
Lived St. Agnes' Stand so ventured into Eidson's next book. Started out great then really bogged down with the hunt for Lily. Way too much Native American spirituality for me although it is an integral part of the story.
What a wonderful book. A story set in the Wild West but it's not all guns and violence. The story of a family, strong women, the nature of love and forgiveness, how faith can shape your life.
I loved it - it made me cry.
Hannah Garriock
I was given this book and didn't know what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. It was fast moving, moody and above all story of a mother's and father's love. Not my usual choice of book but well worth a read.
I read this a long time ago... the book was good. We watched the movie and hated it... maybe it's cause we watched the edited one and we missed parts??? No idea, but I remember liking the book.

در صورت تمایل، جهت مشخصات فیلمی که بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده است؛ میتوانید از لینک زیر استفاده بفرمایید
It was a mistake to see the movie after having read the book. The book was infinitely better. A great, exciting, suspenseful tale.
Tommy Estlund
I'm not usually one for Westerns, but this was phenomenal. Absolutely riveting, a real page-turner. I highly recommend this one!
This was a quick read and an entertaining story, but I wouldn't exactly call it a masterpiece of literature.
Bob Suggs
Fun read, this book was the basis of the movie "The Missing" with tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett.
Jan Pidhayny
Very well written although the ending was predictable - Mad Indian 0 - Courageous white woman 1
Paige Comston
I first discovered the movie, then went in search of the book. I was taken by both.
Keith Slade
Good western novel. The Missing, Ron Howard's film with Tommy Lee Jones, is based on it.
Anna Mattheus
Ugh so much death! Not a fan of the ending. I like things to be resolved!
Olive Fowler
You just want Eidson's books to go on and on! A brilliant storyteller!
So, so, so much death, but interesting look at life on the frontier.
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