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In this gripping memoir, the sole survivor of the disastrous 2013 fire in Yarnell, Arizona recalls the natural disaster that took the lives of 19 “hotshots—firefighters trained specifically to battle wildfires.

Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming an inveterate heroin addict when he decided to enlist in Granite Mountain, an elite hotshot crew of wildland firefighters based in Arizona. Thanks to his crew’s firm but loving encouragement, McDonough made the cut and battled many extreme blazes alongside his newfound “brothers,” receiving a life with purpose as part of a team. Then, on June 30, 2013, during a fire at which McDonough was serving as lookout, a freak inferno trapped and killed all 19 members of his crew. My Lost Brothers traces McDonough’s minute-by-minute account of witnessing his fellow hotshots’ brave, selfless battle—as well as its aftermath.

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  • My Lost Brothers is a harrowing story of heroism in the face of natural disaster. It perfectly illustrates the kind of teamwork and camaraderie that informed the legendary squad of hotshots working to save—in this case—their hometown from utter destruction by fire. As perhaps the least likely guy ever to become a hotshot, Brendan McDonough more than lives up to his role after having been taken underwing by Granite Mountain leader Eric Marsh. That he has been able to keep on even keel as the Yarnell Hill Fire’s lone survivor, having lost his mentor and his best friends, speaks volumes about his character and is a lasting testimony to the strength of his lost brothers.

    Ed Viesturs, bestselling author of The Mountain

  • Gear up with Brendan McDonough and his brothers in the elite Granite Mountain crew of wildland firefighters. Suspenseful and intense, My Lost Brothers sears to the heart. Nonfiction writing at its best.

    Stephen Templin, New York Times bestselling author

  • For an East Coast guy like me this book was a real education in wildfires, and the last few chapters were a terrifying lesson in how they can do the unpredictable. I was left with nothing but admiration for the Granite Mountain hotshot crew who put their lives on the line to protect the town of Yarnell.

    Michael Tougias, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Finest Hours and So Close to Home

  • This is a new breed of war story, of the citizen soldiers who stand between life and death, the forest and the fire. Through burnt moonscapes, in air choked with ash, they face flames as tall as towers and say, ‘You shall not pass.’ Powerful and lasting, this is a story of men who gave their all.

    Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016
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