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The Comanches were the most fierce and warlike of all the Plains Indians. Their raiding parties terrorized settlers throughout northern mexico and the American Southwest during the 1860's.

Komantcia opens when the Comanches are at the height of their power. The time is 1865 and Pedro, a young Spanish aristocrat who is accounted the finest guitarist in Spain, has been banish
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299 pages
Published 1965 by Thomas Y. Crowell
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Stephen
Apr 28, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it
Harold Keith's adventure novel-cum-social-study renders an arresting portrait of Comanche territory or what the rival Ute tribe called “Komantcia.”

Our guide through this wild land is Pedro Pavon, a world-class guitarist on tour in northern Mexico, captured by the warlike tribe after watching his mother be scalped.

This is a story of slavery, a slavery to which many settlers were subjected during the annexation of Indian lands by the European cultures.

Keith's well-researched narrative presents
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Louette
Mar 19, 2011 Louette rated it it was amazing
One knows clearly that this is a fictional adventure. However it is chock full of excellent detail based on good research about the warrior culture of the Comanche in the heyday of the Comancheria.
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Jul 25, 2014 SparksofEmber rated it it was amazing
Update: Update just to say I obtained a copy & added the cover flap description here!
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It's sad this book seems to be out of print & doesn't even have a description on GoodReads or Amazon.

It's about a Spanish teen, Pedro, that is unfairly exiled from Spain along with his family & they move to Mexico (though nowadays we call that area the SouthWest of the USA). Anyway he and his younger brother are captured by Comanches in a raid their first night in Mexico & the story is ab
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Harold Keith lived his entire life in Oklahoma, a state that he greatly loved and which served as the setting for many of his books.
Perhaps his best known story, the historical novel "Rifles for Watie", was first released in 1957. It went on to win the 1958 John Newbery Medal and the 1964 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
In 1998, Harold Keith died of congestive heart failure, in Norman, Oklahoma.
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