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Author: Robert J. Mrazek Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Hachette Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2020 ISBN: 9781549101779
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The riveting story of an unsung World War II hero who saved countless American lives in the Philippines.


When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her Ithaca, NY neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina native was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, whose courage and sacrifice were unsurpassed in the Pacific War against Japan. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited fifty years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children.


Florence was an unlikely warrior. She relied on her own intelligence and fortitude to survive on her own from the age of seven, facing bigotry as a mixed-race mestiza with the dual heritage of her American serviceman father and Filipina mother.


As the war drew ever closer to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with a dashing American naval intelligence agent, Charles "Bing" Smith. In the wake of Bing's sudden death in battle, Florence transformed from a mild-mannered young wife into a fervent resistance fighter. She conceived a bold plan to divert tons of precious fuel from the Japanese army, which was then sold on the black market to provide desperately needed medicine and food for hundreds of American POWs. In constant peril of arrest and execution, Florence fought to save others, even as the Japanese police closed in.


With a wealth of original sources including taped interviews, personal journals, and unpublished memoirs, The Indomitable Florence Finch unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. Award-winning military historian and former Congressman Robert J. Mrazek brings to light this long-hidden American patriot. The Indomitable Florence Finch is the story of the transcendent bravery of a woman who belongs in America's pantheon of war heroes.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “The searing tragedy and epic heroism of Florence Finch…is an enthralling and inspiring narrative…A stellar hero of the Philippine resistance who risked all to save the lives of many others.”

    Richard B. Frank, author of MacArthur

  • “A wonderfully graphic and moving account of the selfless and courageous role played during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines by Florence Finch, one of the great unrecognized heroines of World War Two.”

    Saul David, author of Crucible of Hell

  • “This soul-stirring story of a true heroine of World War II brought tears to my eyes.”

    James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • "‘Indomitable’ is an understatement. Florence’s breathtaking story causes us to remember that one person, can indeed, change the lives of many.”

    Judith L. Pearson, award-winning author of Belly of the Beast

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About the Author

Robert J. Mrazek is an award-winning author, American politician, and a member of the International Thriller Writers and International Association of Crime Writers. He coauthored the law that saved the Manassas battlefield from being bulldozed into a shopping mall. His first book, Stonewall’s Gold, won the Michael Shaara Prize as best Civil War novel of 1999.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.