A Pledge of Silence

A Pledge of Silence

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by Flora J. Solomon
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480269729
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/29/2013
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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