A Pledge of Silence

A Pledge of Silence

by Flora J. Solomon


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2014 Winner—Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award—General Fiction

When Margie Bauer joins the Army Nurse Corps in 1941, she is delighted to be assigned to Manila—the Pearl of the Orient. Though rumors of war circulate, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are ample, and the Filipino troops are well-trained.

But on December 8, 1941, her dreamworld shatters. Captured by the invading Japanese, Margie ends up interned at Santa Tomas, an infamous prison camp. There, for the next three years, while enduring brutality and starvation, her bravery, resourcefulness, and faith are tested and her life forever changed.

At once an epic tale of a nation at war and the deeply personal story of one woman’s journey through hell, A Pledge of Silence vividly illustrates the sacrifices the Greatest Generation made for their country, and the price they continued to pay long after the war was over.

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ISBN-13: 9781477820865
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 391,013
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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A Pledge of Silence 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 9 months ago
good charactr development. gives a very real sense of what it was like to live thtough this.could not put it diwn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent novel. It made me cry. The life story of a nurse before, during, and after WWII. The novel includes young love, betrayal, prisoners, the invasion of Bataan and Corregidor in the Phillippines, rape, starvation, death, great courage, doctors and nurses, a Food Bank, violence, and so much more. This book really touch my heart. This book definitely deserves A+++++++
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PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
TessT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unsatisfying ending
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No comment bye
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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