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Publisher's Summary

For readers of Unbroken comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America's "forgotten war" in Korea, by the New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call.
Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy's most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the marines they fought to defend.
A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy's first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn't even serve him in a bar.
While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world's most dangerous job - landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier - and a line of work that Jesse's young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept.
Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC "Red" Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor. Then comes the war no one expected, in faraway Korea.
Devotion takes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse and into the foxholes with Red and the marines as they battle a North Korean invasion. As the fury of the fighting escalates and the marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to try to save them. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history's most audacious one-man rescue mission.
A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness, Devotion asks: How far would you go to save a friend?
©2015 Adam Makos (P)2015 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"My great respect for Tom Hudner knows no bounds. He is a true hero; and in reading this book, you will understand why I feel that way." (President George H. W. Bush)
"This is aerial drama at its best - fast, powerful, and moving." (Erik Larson, New York Times best-selling author of Dead Wake)
"Lovingly rendered and meticulously researched, here is a tale of true friendship across the racial divide. Though it concerns a famously cold battle in the Korean War, make no mistake: Devotion will warm your heart." (Hampton Sides, New York Times best-selling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Count B on 06-29-18

BUY A HIGHER CALL FIRST - IS MUCH BETTER


A solid book, beautifully written, but not nearly as good as the authors first book, A Higher Call. The first half of this book, near six hours is about the lives of the pilots and soldiers prior to them joining the military. I felt this was way too much, as they had very mundane lives.

Saying that when one does get to the action then the authors research & eloquence really come to the fore. I would buy A Higher Call first & if that suits you, then buy this one. This book is very slow going at times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By STRATIS A. SIMON on 04-29-17

Jaw Dropping Ground and Air Combat Realism

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It made feel as if I was back in Korea again.
And today's events sound as if its all going to happen again.

What does Dominic Hoffman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Hoffman's tone and pace make it sound as if he's actually a witness to the story.

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