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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Makos Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Devotion tells the inspirational story of the United States Navy’s most famous aviator duo: Lieutenant Tom Hudner, a white, blue-blooded New Englander, and Ensign Jesse Brown, an African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi. The heir to a Massachusetts grocery store empire, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighter planes for his country. Jesse, fascinated by aircraft since childhood, defied the odds—and the prejudices of his time—to become the Navy’s first black carrier pilot. Barely a year after President Truman ordered the desegregation of the military, the unlikely pair joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. While much of America remained in the grip of the odious Jim Crow segregation laws, Jesse and Tom flew above the fray as brothers in arms.

Adam Makos takes us over the sea and around the globe with these two bold young aviators as they cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous job—landing Corsair fighters on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Deployed to the Mediterranean, the two men revel in the perks of their newfound status, partying on the Riviera with millionaires and Hollywood starlets—including a young Elizabeth Taylor. While Jesse delights in a world he thought he’d never see, Tom meets the girl of his dreams. Then comes the war no one expected in far-off Korea.

Devotion brings us along on white-knuckle dive-bombing runs over North Korean territory, as the pilots of Fighter Squadron 32 man the front lines of what many of them believe is the opening battle of World War III. As the fury of the fighting escalates, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, into waves of Communist troops to defend a group of Marines cornered in a hellish winter landscape. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and is pinned in the burning wreckage of his fighter, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die, or attempt one of history’s most audacious one-man rescue missions.

A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of heroism and sacrifice, Devotion asks, “How far would you go to save a friend?”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An inspiring tale…portrayed by [Adam] Makos in sharp, fact-filled prose and with strong reporting.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A masterful storyteller…[Makos brings] Devotion to life with amazing vividness…[It] reads like a dream. The perfectly paced story cruises along in the fast lane—when you’re finished, you’ll want to start all over again.”

    Associated Press

  • “[A] true story of heroic actions by wartime pilots, told in a flamboyant and slightly overwrought style. This time the conflict is the Korean War and Makos’ tale centers on the first African American US Navy carrier pilot, Jesse Brown…Makos tells a good story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Dominic Hoffman deftly conveys this account of loyalty and camaraderie in the Korean War. The story depicts the lives of two Navy pilots—Ensign Jesse Brown, who was one of the first African American Navy aviators, and Lieutenant Tom Hudner, who was white. The arc of the story recounts the fateful events that bring them together with the Marines they support on the ground. Jumping between the Navy and the Marines, the account describes the lives of men from diverse backgrounds—from their youth in the years before the Korean War to to the fateful day when their lives intersect near the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. Hoffman delivers this story of self-sacrifice in a clear, deep voice. His performance is an effective match of voice and text.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by nick | 10/28/2016

    " Moving multidimensional story of the whore and the glory of war. "

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