Captured by COVID

Deceit, Conspiracy & Death—A True Story

Non-Fiction - Memoir
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/04/2022
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Captured by COVID: Deceit, Conspiracy and Death - A True Story by Michael E. Bowers is a chilling memoir that details the author's harrowing experience while being treated for Covid-19. On December 31, 2020, Michael, his wife Diane, and son Brandon tested positive for Covid-19. While his wife and son recovered, Michael's condition deteriorated, and he was admitted to Soin Medical Center. His health declined to the point that he had to go on a ventilator and was placed in a medically-induced coma. While in the intensive care unit, he suffered nightmares and hallucinations. Treated for post-traumatic disorder after his discharge from the hospital, Michael recounts the terror and trauma he suffered in vivid details that seem all too real. This is his story.

Michael E. Bowers' Captured by COVID is a detailed and immersive narrative about the author's terrifying memories while under treatment for Covid-19. It is also a heartwarming book about the significance of the love and support of family and friends. Until recently, Michael had a hard time remembering what was real and what were hallucinations during his ordeal, and it is incredible how he can recall the scenes in such graphic detail. This book should be beneficial for studying the post-intensive care syndrome of patients recovering from the disease. As the world slowly emerges from the far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, this book reminds us that we should also pay tribute to the health workers who were on the frontline in fighting the disease. Highly recommended!

Essien Asian

As the coronavirus swept the globe, the casualty figures for those unfortunate souls who lost their lives to this horrible ailment rose daily. Preventive measures were failing with no sign of a reprieve in sight. Therefore when Michael E. Bowers went to the hospital with his wife for a random test after their son was hospitalized, you can only imagine their distress when they received the information that they had both tested positive for the virus. While his wife came out better, his situation worsened even though his family tried every method available to them to save his life before it became terminal. Captured By Covid is his bedside account of the ordeal he endured on his journey through the valley of the shadow of death.

Captured By Covid gives the reader a view of the situation that a Covid-positive patient experiences in the hospital. Michael E. Bowers' account is emotional and thought-provoking especially when you consider the limitations he had to contend with. His hallucinations give an insight into the extent of his pain and discomfort even while sedated. His account is detailed right up to the end of his ordeal. It is heartwarming to see that he retained his sense of imagination while he was under even though it came at a cost to his emotional health. This book will no doubt be of interest to millions of medical personnel battling to save lives in hospitals worldwide. This is a unique book with a one-of-a-kind story.

Pikasho Deka

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused much distress and tragedy all over the world during the last couple of years. Captured by COVID: Deceit, Conspiracy and Death - A True Story recounts the experiences of Michael E. Bowers, whose life spiraled out of control after attending a New Year's Eve party in December 2020. A war veteran with over 30 years of experience in active service, Michael developed terrible COVID-induced pneumonia symptoms that required him to be put in Urgent Care immediately. As the days went by, his condition worsened to the extent that he had to be put in a medically induced coma. This was the time when Michael went through hell. Severe hallucinations and paranoia became the norm, so much so that even after waking up, he was plagued with PTSD and depression. This is Michael's harrowing journey to recovery.

Everyone knows someone who has gone through a terrible time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael E. Bowers tells his side of the story as he battled an appalling illness that took him to the brink of death and made him question his sanity. Despite everything he went through, Michael's account also showcases the amount of work done by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who put their own lives at risk to save others. Toward the end of the book, Michael shares real-life text messages with his wife that truly capture the gravity of his situation. Captured by COVID is a book that will be appreciated by anyone who has suffered through the pandemic and still feels its after-effects. Highly recommended.