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A World War II novel based on the plight of American military nurses serving in the Philippines. Follow Margie whose life changes forever when she is captured and held prisoner of war by enemy forces.

January of 1941, Margie Bauer is called to active duty in the Army Nurse Corps of the United States Army Reserves. She delights in her assignment to Manila-the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the beauty of the island and a carefree social whirl of bridge games, pool ...

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Overview

A World War II novel based on the plight of American military nurses serving in the Philippines. Follow Margie whose life changes forever when she is captured and held prisoner of war by enemy forces.

January of 1941, Margie Bauer is called to active duty in the Army Nurse Corps of the United States Army Reserves. She delights in her assignment to Manila-the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the beauty of the island and a carefree social whirl of bridge games, pool parties, and dancing under twinkle-light stars with handsome young doctors. Though rumors of war circulate, she feels safe-the island is fortified, the airbases are ample, and the Filipino troops are training intensively.

December 8, 1941, her dream world shatters. Japanese bombers roar into the Philippines, turning everything in their paths to smoldering piles of rubble. Racing to stay ahead of the enemy, the U.S. Army evacuates all personnel to the jungles of Bataan, where Margie tends to wounded, sick, and dying soldiers in open-air field hospitals. With the Nips at her heels, she withdraws to an underground tunnel-hospital on the heavily fortified island of Corregidor.

Ultimately captured, she is interned at Santo Tomas, a Japanese prison camp in Manila. For three years, she doubts her survival in the harsh environment, where she faces escalating danger, starvation and loss. When American planes appear in the sky, she excitedly waves and calls, "We're here! We're here!" The liberation forces, however, bring with them a threat more dangerous than the Japanese guards, ensuring she will never truly be free of this evil place and all that has happened.

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Editorial Reviews

The State Port Pilot - Jackie Iler
Some writers have the creative ability to describe an intense way of life. Solomon does just this with such an emotional tone. This is truly a novel that keeps the reader wanting more.
Amazon review - Carmen Amato
A detail-driven saga of a World War II nurse caught up in the war in the Pacific, enduring what cannot be endured and coping with her survival. A rich, engrossing story to shock you, pull at your heartstrings, and recommend to all. Carmen Amato, author of The Hidden Light of Mexico City.
Librarian, Oakland, Maine - Rosemary Smith
An incredible look back at the all too often forgotten role that American women played during the War. Mesmerizing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480269729
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Flora J. Solomon relocated from Michigan’s winter wonderland to the beautiful North Carolina coast, where, between visits from her children and grandchildren, she enjoys a hard-won tennis match and an occasional round of golf. Her debut novel, A Pledge of Silence, is set during World War II and captures the experience of American military nurses held as prisoners of war.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    This is an amazing book about an amazing group of women. It is o

    This is an amazing book about an amazing group of women. It is one of those "Why didn't I learn *this* in history class" type of books.

    The story follows Margie, a nurse stationed in the Philippines during WWII. From enchanting Manila, to the jungle hospitals, to the Malinta Tunnel, to the POW camp, to Margie trying to get back to a normal life after the war, the plot kept me captivated and I could not put the book down. The characters are well-rounded and multi-dimensional.

    It is always a pleasure to find a book that is well-edited, quick-paced, and an interesting story. A Pledge of Silence is one of those rare finds

    This book is a wonderful tribute to the nurses who served in the Philippines in WWII. Their story should not be forgotten.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    We are proud to announce that ¿A Pledge of Silence¿ by Flora J.

    We are proud to announce that “A Pledge of Silence” by Flora J. Solomon is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Don't miss it!

    A Pledge of Silence
    Flora Solomon’s novel, about the nurses who served in Bataaan during World War II, is based on extensive research of the experiences of actual WWII nurses in the Phillipines. In fact, it’s so true-to-life that you will have to continually remind yourself that you are reading fiction and not biography. Solomon’s vivid imagery and finely-drawn characters drop us into what starts out as an adventure on a tropical island, and ends up as a nightmare in a prison camp, where the Japanese captors treat them as less than human, and some of the prisoners are tortured and raped, while others die of starvation. Many of them would suffer what is known today as “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD), but their post-war healing was impeded by their inability to talk about their experiences later, due to the requirement of signing the “Pledge of Silence” about what they had in the war or prison camp. A very moving story about war, and the rebuilding of lives afteward. Don’t miss it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Just loved this book. It had such a compelling story, following

    Just loved this book. It had such a compelling story, following Margie's change from her simplistic small town life, to learning the brutalities of war and the real world. The story kept moving effortlessly, and held my interest until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Couldn't put down.

    Great book.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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    Never have I read a book that affected me so much. I read this o

    Never have I read a book that affected me so much. I read this one in a day, couldn't put it down. I don't remember the last time I cried while reading a book, but this one was gut wrenching.  Margie's story of being held as a P.O.W. in Japan during WWll is truly a book everyone should read. The loss of her friends and fellow nurses will leave you chilled to the bone. The hardships and the treatment our P.O.W.s endured should not happen to anyone. Ms. Solomon makes a person feel as if they were there, in Bataan and Corriegidor marching right along side them. When you read of the starvation and the beatings and the cruelty that our troops and nurses endured, it is almost unbelievable, Ms. Solomon's description of the horrors and the brutality made me sick to my stomach. If you are a history or WWll buff this book is one not to miss. If this book doesn't have you reaching for a tissue, I will be surprised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Engrossing read

    Unsatisfying ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Santa is a big fat santa

    No comment bye

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Santa for a sub

    Santa came to town and he is the same fatness the same bieard and the same face so here comes fat santa to town yeah

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 15, 2014

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