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  • An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
  • Written by: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Devotion

Written by: Adam Makos
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • From America’s “forgotten war” in Korea comes an unforgettable tale of courage by the author of A Higher Call.

“In the spirit of
Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes Devotion.”—Associated Press • “Aerial drama at its best—fast, powerful, and moving.”—Erik Larson

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviation 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—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 conflict that no one expected: the Korean War.

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 and 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

What the critics say

“Riveting . . . a meticulously researched and moving account.”USA Today

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

“[A] must-read.”New York Post

Editorial Review

From New York Times bestselling author Adam Makos, Devotion is an inspiring novel about friendship, heroism, and sacrifice. Set during the Korean War, the storyline follows the story of two intrepid aviators—one white and one Black—as they fight adversity both on the front lines and at home.

United States Navy Lieutenant Tom Hudner, a white New Englander raised in wealth and privilege, decided to pass on attending Harvard University to fly fighters alongside his fellow Americans. Ensign Jesse Brown, an African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, is committed to fighting for a country that views him as a lesser human and becomes the Navy’s first Black carrier pilot. Tom and Jesse join forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32 and form a powerful bond. Deployed to the Mediterranean, they meet the Fleet Marines, whose members include the young PFC “Red” Parkinson. They join the marines in enjoying wild nights, partying with millionaires and celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor on the Riviera. However, as the war heats up, the men are sent to fight in Korea.

We follow Tom and Jesse as they fly high above Korea and fight in the sky while Red and the marines fight on the ground below. The fighting comes to a head when the marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, and Tom and Jesse must swoop in to save them. When the duo is ambushed and one of them is shot down, friendships are tested, and the fight for survival begins.

Dominic Hoffman skillfully narrates a tale of bravery and brotherhood in this gripping historical fiction audiobook. Listen before you watch— Devotion is now a major motion picture starring Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors.

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