- The Firsthand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
- Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
- Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-03-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
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Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when, for the sake of his young daughter, he decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their leader, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the unit, and, perhaps seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew's skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh's firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.
Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough - "Donut", as he'd been dubbed by his team - served as lookout, they confronted a freak 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.
My Lost Brothers is a gripping memoir that traces McDonough's story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs and finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him. A harrowing and redemptive story of resilience in the face of tragedy, My Lost Brothers is also a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm's way to protect us every day.
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By Kenton on 06-07-16
Thank you Brendan
As a fire chaplain who has had the opportunity to work with wild land firefighters, and occasionally with their families, "My Lost Brothers" helped me better understand their culture and mindset... I appreciate that.
This book should also give a sense of hope to those whose lives are aimless, yet yearn for something better.
Thank you Brendan McDonough, God bless you.
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