The Comfort Bearer

Fiction - Womens
303 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2021
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Author Biography

Cathy L. Patrenos grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she pursued a career in critical care nursing. Desiring a career change after years of nursing, Cathy completed law school and became a medical malpractice defense attorney in Los Angeles, specializing in the representation of physicians and other health care providers. Although she changed her profession from nursing, Cathy remained a captain in the Air Force Reserves Nurse Corps. She is a war veteran having served as a tactical flight nurse in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. Upon returning to Los Angeles after the war, she continued her work as a lawyer, and over the years discovered a passion for writing, other than legal briefs, that is. She was inspired to write The Comfort Bearer after conducting extensive research about the Japanese army’s comfort women system during WWII. Her story puts a human face to the girls and women who suffered unthinkable atrocities at the hands of the Japanese. Utilizing her knowledge gleaned during her extensive travels to a vast number of remote localities, Cathy has also written an adventure/crime novel, The Silk Road Score, which takes place in the Middle East, and will be released in 2022. She is also working on a story detailing the year she spent traveling through the African continent in the 70s. She relocated with her husband to Sutter Creek, a California Gold Rush town in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains where she writes full time.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

The Comfort Bearer by Cathy L. Patrenos is a historical fiction novel that delves into the often-unexplored subject of comfort women during World War II in Japan and the surrounding territories. Soon Ja is coerced from her home in Korea with promises of work in a Japanese silk factory. Little does she know she’s about to be put into essentially what is human sex slavery under the auspices of the ‘comfort women’ scheme developed by the Japanese government. There is a suspicion that if a soldier has sex before he goes off to war, he will live, so this is the government’s way of keeping their soldiers in line. Soon Ja, however, isn’t going to be resigned to her fate and keeps fighting to find a way back home. Will she ever be able to return to the life she once knew or will shame keep her from seeing her family again?

War is never pretty or glamorous, and the story of the comfort women is often glossed over when it comes to discussing World War II on the Pacific Front. The Comfort Bearer by Cathy L. Patrenos breaks down these barriers with her harrowing story of Soon Ja. As someone with Korean heritage, I have often been told how Japan invaded Korea and caused much repression and devastation to the Korean people. Soon Ja’s spirit reminded me so much of my own grandfather’s mantra; bend in the wind, but never break. It was so wonderful to see the people who attempted to help her along her way, trying to free her from this brutal slavery. This novel is raw, unapologetic, and hopefully will open readers' eyes to how harsh it was for these comfort women during the war, and even after, when they were often shunned by their own families. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting to know more about the Pacific Front during World War II and comfort women. Bravo to the author for tackling such a graphic topic with sensitivity and compassion for the women who suffered so much.