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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460973194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460973196
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,285,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic author who writes in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres: contemporary, western, action, romance, biography, fantasy and spiritual. She lives in a small desert community in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier.

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I received this book free, for an honest review in exchange.
helene moore
Together they tell the story of a courageous woman who along with her peers endured incredible hardships - horrific is the better word.
Jill
I enjoyed not only the research for this biography but also the way it was presented.
Nan Weber

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam Funke Author of The Apocalypse Series on June 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.

Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan is a wonderful story about a young woman's courage and determination during World War II. Despite being a POW for 3 years she perseveres through it all and even wants to return after recuperating so that she can help more people. Very few people would even want to do something like that after the trauma of being a POW. Marcia was a very courageous woman.

The story is mainly told through letters sent home by Marcia and letters that were written by others. The author does add some more information into the story, as well as archived photos, but the main focus of the story is on the letters. The letters are very descriptive to a point as many letters during war time are censored to protect the soldiers. You will get drawn into the story and can almost feel what the people were going through. It was a very interesting story and I believe that others will enjoy it as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Goldsmith on May 26, 2011
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As a person who occasionally has difficulty finishing some books, this reader found herself drawn into Marcia's story from the very start. Melissa has allowed Marcia's compelling story to unfold so well, the reader will sense the tension and anxiety Marcia's mother must have been feeling back in the states as she awaited some word, some confirmation about her daughter's welfare. Melissa's inclusion of actual letters and articles brings the reader even closer to the participants.
It is an amazing and well told true story about an independent, strong woman, faithfully performing her duties as a nurse under incredibly difficult, stressful conditions.
Don't miss this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. Gilmour VINE VOICE on May 6, 2013
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Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan, written by Melissa Bowersock, is a well-researched book into the life of Marcia Louise Gates, who lived from 1915 to 1970. Being a Wisconsinite, I particularly enjoyed Ms. Gate's Wisconsin connection. I appreciated the book because it brought a piece of history to me that I was unfamiliar with previously. I did not know about the responsibilities of the army nurses that served our country during WWII, especially regarding the time that many of them were prisoners of war. Marcia spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. I liked the format of the book, because it used Marcia's letters home, newspaper clippings, and letters that her mother wrote to Marcia and to organizations trying to find information regarding her daughter. As someone who has not been a history buff, this book was a pleasant way to learn about some WWII history through the life of one very courageous army nurse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Krippner on October 18, 2011
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This biography of Marcia Gates, one of many nurses who served valiantly during the Second World War, is long overdue, just as are accounts of other heroic women who made incredible sacrifices for their country during that horrendous conflict. Fortunately, Marcia wrote lengthy descriptions of her years in captivity, and they have been adroitly integrated into this poignant narrative. The reader gets to know Marcia's family members and her life in Wisconsin before she left for what she thought would be an adventure in the Philippines. Yes, it was an adventure, but one of a nature that Marcia never had expected. This book serves as a memorial not only to Marcia but to other women whose wartime role usually was marginalized or ignored.
Stanley Krippner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lopez on October 10, 2012
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Enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I really enjoy this era and found the story facinating. I was unaware of these
"Angels" and getting the opportunity to read Marcia's story was a real treat. I think Melissa is a excellent story
teller, really look forward to more books with this type of story from her. I would highly recommend this book, easy
read, page turner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SRB on June 13, 2011
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A great, great autobiography. Detailed and shaped by significant resources. I couldn't put it down. Nurse Gates'amazing valor and her mother's drive reminds us to never forget the human dimension of combat. A reminder indeed that loved ones suffer as much at home as those on the battlefields. Inspirational. A quick read and well worth the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Eisenbise author of BIG WAR, Little Wars on November 29, 2014
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The author has paid a well-earned tribute to her aunt who served above-and-beyond as an Army nurse during World War II. V-Mail letters to and from those in service was not instantaneous like today’s e-mail. Six weeks might pass before there was a response to mail. During the long wait there was uncertainty like that experienced by Marcia’s mother. Her constant pursuit of information regarding her daughter’s wellbeing did not surprise me. What did surprise me were the lengthy, personal responses Mrs. Gates received from those attempting to find the answers to the questions they were being asked.

When I read of the conditions that Marcia and the other nurses endured, my first thought was that I couldn’t have survived. Eating rats or birds to prevent starvation, no way! But the fact that Marcia did survive proves how determined the human spirit is when forced to meet life’s greatest tests. I was amazed that Marcia wanted to return to active duty as soon as she was able. Her spirit came alive on the pages of this factual account of her Japanese captivity.

Reports to Marcia’s loved ones were always that she worked hard in captivity, that she was cheerful and optimistic. To me, it seemed that Marcia was born to serve others and that was where she found fulfillment even during the worst of conditions. No doubt, Marcia appeared as an angel to those she cared for. In my eyes, she was also a heroine.
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Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic, award-winning author who writes in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres: biography, contemporary, western, action, romance, fantasy, paranormal and spiritual. She has been both traditionally and independently published and is a regular contributor to the superblog Indies Unlimited. She lives in a small community in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier. She also writes under the pen name Amber Flame.

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