Four weeks after Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden, the President of the United States stood in Arlington National Cemetery. In his Memorial Day address, he extolled the courage and sacrifice of the two young men buried side by side in the graves before him: Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL. Although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two best friends and former roommates were now buried together - "brothers forever".
Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis's father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation's sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan's loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. From Travis's incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan's anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friend's death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.
©2014 Tom Sileo and Thomas Manion (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"First Lieutenant Travis Manion and Lieutenant Brendan Looney are true American heroes. Both were killed in action while I was Secretary of Defense, and I attended Brendan's funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. I was told there of Travis being re-interred next to him so that these best friends and Naval Academy roommates might spend eternity together-a bond unbroken by death. Their story is one of extraordinary courage, sacrifice, and love. It is a story of the price of freedom. All Americans should read it and understand the unimaginable debt we owe to such men, the best America has to offer." (Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush)
"Brothers Forever is the story of two warrior brothers-in-arms who are bonded forever by their love of country, their shared need to serve, their selflessness, their courage, and war. This is the story of a deep and lasting friendship that lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved them. A deeply moving, true-to-life tale of two men, two brothers, two American heroes, who now rest with the angels, side by side at Arlington cemetery. God bless them both." (Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the veterans-supporting Gary Sinise Foundation)
"If you want to understand the warrior spirit of an American generation, please read this powerful and unforgettable book...Brothers Forever is, at heart, a testament of what it means to live a good life." (Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author of The Heart and the Fist)
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"Great story of true heroism!"
Very inspiring story of two guys who changed the lives of those around them. Whether on the battlefield or in their home towns, these two officers demonstrate the true meaning of leading by example.
He is one of the best readers. I have listened to a few books that he has read and he really knows how to capture the story and keep a reader interested no matter the book.
Of course. I listen mostly in the car to and from work but would find myself driving a little slower and eating lunch in my car so I could continue listening.
yes I would as a reminder of the ultimate price paid for the freedom of all Americans.
i liked the picture of brotherly love between two brave men.
cant say I had a favorite scene. The whole story was amazing
both. I laughed and I cried.
this is a story that is a stark reminder that patriotism is still alive. In a generation that hates what this country stands for, does not appreciate the constitution, and disrespects the flag of America, we still have brave men willing to fight and die for freedom.
"Wonderful, inspiring heroes"
Every American patriot should read this book. Colonel Manion brings honor to two men of honor, his son and his son's best friend. We are protected by heroes willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. If you've served in the military, law enforcement, or the intelligence community, you will respect and love these two young men. If you love the U.S., you'll feel the same way. Highest recommendation.
"A beautiful audio book."
This was an extremely powerful, patriot story. It illustrates the unbelievable strength and courage of two young warriors who gave all for the love of their country. It also demonstrates the hardships , hopes, fears and dealing with tradegy of the respective families and friends of these fallen heroes. The narration is spoken with loving emotion that makes you share the courage of these men and the love of their families. The emotion as narrated is so strong that myself as a retired naval chief warrant officer who faced the demons these gentleman faced during the Vietnam War caused me to shed many tears during listening to their journey through life. I would strongly recommend parents with teenage children have their children listen to this audio book to grasp a better understanding of what this countries young men and women go through to support our loving country and flag. I am very lucky and thankful to have been given the opportunity to experience these warriors and their families journey and total expression of love and patriotism to country, society and all individuals. I salute these fallen heroes and their families, respectfully, an old gunner.
The guy reading it though is a bit over the top and cheesy. Enjoyed the story though.
"Every American needs to read this true story. He was"
This is a story of two real heroes who represent all the heroes who take our freedom so seriously they are willing to pay the ultimate price. Hard to read the dedication & motivation they both had to succeed & become respected by those they lead. What a wonderful thing it would have been if they could have lived, many more great things would have been accomplished. I also want to thank their families for the love & support they gave their sons & each other after their loss. They are brace people as well. If everyone, including me had part of their patriotism our people could feel great that we are Americans & realize what it takes to stay great!! This story moved me beyond words.
"very moving story about 2 American heroes"
This is a wonderful mostly true story about 2 true heroes, their terrific, supportive, patriotic families and what they all went through after 9/11. I wish there were more men and women like this.
You'll understand the initials after hearing the story. So moving that I made time to stop at Arlington to pay my respects to them!
"A must read for every American citizen"
Extraordinarily well written. Let us never take their sacrifice for granted and always honor their memory through our words and actions.
A must read for those who want to learn about the true sacrifices for the heroes and their loved ones.
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