This is not a fictionalized memoir; this is as objective a telling of the true story as I could possibly do, neither embellishing nor softening the events, the actions or the emotions of the people involved. Much of the story is taken verbatim from letters, telegrams and newspaper clippings of the time, and Marcia's experience is most often told in her own words. It is her story, the story of the Army nurses who were captured on Corregidor and, ultimately, a human story. It is a story of the depths to which a human soul can sink, and also of the heights of perseverance and service that a human soul can attain.
What surprised me was the way the book came alive in the audio version. My narrator, Adrianne Price (whose father, coincidentally, also served in the Philippines), does a wonderful job of infusing the story with excitement, passion, and just a touch of humor. Hearing the words I wrote brought to life with her soothing, evocative voice added an entirely new dimension to the story. Every time I would listen to a new chapter, I would cry.
So here's the deal: leave a comment below about why you'd like to win this audio book and on Friday, December 20 I will choose a random winner. I will then send you the coupon code to get the book free from Audible.
What better way to celebrate the season than by honoring the ordinary people who became selfless heroes of service, and by feeling the immeasurable gratitude for their sacrifices?
Sample reviews for Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan:
"I was riveted by the writing,the research and the story of courage from both Marcia Gates and her mother."
"Marcia Gates is an incredible historical narrative. "