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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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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: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read this book after a recent trip to Europe where I learned a lot about WWII. This book is a biography of a nurse who served in the Phillipines and was a prisoner of war there. The story includes copies of letters, telegrams, and photos, in addition to narrative by the author. The book was well written, but some sections were a little repetitve including letters from a variety of people saying the same thing over and over. It is not overly graphic or unpleasant in the descriptions; but the reader still gets the gist of the events. The chapters are short and it is an easy read.
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I loved this! I'd never heard of the Angels of Bataan. They were nearly 70 Army nurses stationed in Manilla during the war. When the Philippines fell the nurses were held as POWs of the Japanese. What makes this especially interesting to me are the letters to and from Marcia Gates and her friends and family members, as well as official correspondence from the War Department, the Red Cross, and other organizations. The story felt "alive," immediate, and compelling. You could feel what her family and friends were going through during those three long years of her internment. Yet through it all, Marcia Gates never gave up hope. She and the other nurses felt they had just done their jobs and never understood why they were called heroes. But you will. This is a marvelous read.
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I wish I could have interviewed Marcia Gates for my book, which contains oral histories of WWII nurses, including prisoners of war. She was one of the brave nurse volunteers who became an army nurse in order to have adventure, never knowing where it would take them. The army and navy nurses who spent 3 years as prisoners of the Japanese in the Philippines all survived, but after suffering through starvation and life-long effects that remained with many of them the rest of their lives.
The author, a niece of Marcia Gates, fills in this biography with letters that express the feelings and tell the stories of both the nurse and her family, especially her mother, who was tenacious to get news of her daughter. This is a history book also, following the war in the Pacific until the U.S. Forces rescued the prisoners. As these letters are being discovered after the death of so many WWII veterans, I hope more of their first-person stories will be told.
Diane Burke Fessler, author of NO TIME FOR FEAR, VOICES OF AMERICAN MILITARY NURSES IN WORLD WAR II
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I found Melissa Bowersock's book compelling. I had just finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and had begun going through letters my uncle wrote as a Korean POW when I learned of this book. Marcia and the others were true angels.
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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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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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