The Pavement Arena lAnother winner by Adam Makos I enjoyed Spearhead so much that I downloaded every book I could find by the same author Devotion was the third of four books by Makos that I read back to back Once again I was thoroughly entertained and the reading never feltike it was a chore The setting for this book is the Korean War and the focus is two Corsair pilots from the carrier Leyte One was Ensign Jesse Brown the son of a black sharecropper Makos describes Jesse as the Jackie Robinson of Naval Aviation because he broke the color barrier as the first black naval aviator The other was Lieutenant Tom Hudner an affluent heir
*a supermarket chain *supermarket chain two aviators couldn t come from diverse backgrounds but that didn t matter They were comrades in arms They say that there are no atheists in a fighting hole I would Dungeon like to add that there are no racists either The suadronoved and respected Ensign Brown Even the Leyte s skipper whose father was a prominent politician in the era of the Jim Crow South and an ardent segregationist had nothing but good things to say about Ensign Brown Devotion is mostly an upbeat story with a sad ending There is the typical gallows humor that can be found in all of Makos books With the exception of the Rabiosa lastetter that Jesse Brown wrote to his wife Daisy the story really never gets too sappy Also Makos refrains from taking a sanctimonious attitude Jesse was a great pilot and even though Tom outranked Jesse Jesse was the section Sculpting Making a Toddler Doll leader because he had flying time A few things Iearned about the Corsairs They were difficult to Soldados del Multiverso: Guerreros del pasado (Guerras del Multiverso n 2) land on a carrier deck becauseong nose caused visibility problems and the pilot had to feel the tail hook and there were stall issues to deal with Early on Brown nearly killed himself when he made the transition to the Corsair and made his first carrier On Disgust landingThe Corsairs were a great weapons platform By the Korean War they were obsolete as pursuit aircraft but they were still outstanding for close air support as fighter bombers Makos gives several examples of this during the fighting in the Chosen Reservoir During the 1st MAR DIV famous advance in another direction close air support was probably one of the biggest reasons that that the Marines weren t overrun by the red devils In addition to the two aviators the author also follows theives of several Marine infantry men in the Chosin Coincidentally these Marines were stationed on the Leyte or went on the same Mediterranean cruise that Jesse and Tom were on just prior to the outbreak of the Korean War As chance would have it these same Marines found themselves cutoff in the Chosin Resevoir
outnumbered 10 1 Pilots ike Tom and Jesse came to their aid day and night and Makos give you their perspective10 1 Pilots ike Tom and Jesse came to their aid day and night and Makos give you their perspective well There is a really odd part of this story when a wounded Marine is taken prisoner by the Chinese Prior to the war the young Marine was offered a professional baseball contract but he turned it down Instead he chose to serve his country and now he is wounded and frost bit in some desolate God forsaken section of Korea The Chinese wanted his cigarettes and Marine tells then that they are going to have to kill him These Chinese had previously fought for the Chinese Nationals and they were familiar with the China Marines stationed in Shanghai from 1927 1941 Luckily these Chinese had a high opinion of the Marine Corps and they didn t kill him or take his cigarettes He escaped when the Corsairs few over and the Chinese scattered to the wind shouting Corsairs The young man survived but he would never play competitive baseball again This is another good read by Mr Makos I can t wait till his next project He has a fan in me 4 stars Look out and there s an even better military aviationhistory book in townThis book follows the world s forgotten war in Korea and balances fascinating history firsthand accounts real New Menopausal Years life characters and action perfectlyMeet Jesse Brown history s first black aircraft carrier pilot and supreme badassThis bookargely focuses on his experience growing up poor in the racist deep south to becoming one of the first black officers and pilots during the Korean War but also interweaves the stories of a Medal of Honour recipient a medicheavy weapons dude and a guy who turned aside an offer from the Red Sox to join the Marines The book does an excellent job focusing mostly on these characters so it s not bogged down with too much backstory or efforts to include everyone ike cough coughOverall Devotion took me on an emotional dogf. For readers of Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America’s “forgotten war” in Korea by the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call Devotion tells the inspirational story of the US Navy’s most famous aviator duo Lieutenant Tom Hudner a white New Englander from the country club scene and Ensign Jesse Brown an African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighter planes for his country Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot to. .
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personal work that should be read by everyonework that should be read by everyone it to all my friends I seldom do this but this book is worth it It is on par with other recent excellent books such as Unbroken and Boys in the Boat It goes far beyond names dates and places and gives us precious glimpses into a particularly tense time and the people who ived them5 Stars Devotion An Epic Story of Heroism Friendship and SacrificeMy thoughts on this book are rather ong because of the emotions that it has stirred in me Pride of the fighting men grief for their Dirty Work losses and happiness for the good that came from itThis is a true story about men fighting in the Korean War the forgotten war It s called that because in 1950 WWII had just ended and no one wanted another war Americans were tired ofosing Hearts Farthings loved ones men coming home missing eyes andimbs scarred with battle fatigue It came about because of the rise of communism and the influence of Stalin on Mao on the North Koreans North Korea backed by Communist China and Russia was invading South Korea and General MacArthur was told by President Truman to put a stop to the NK advance We may be back in North Korea very soon fighting once again for the same reasonsIt began in June 1950 and the initial push by the American Army was overrun and practically chased out of the country by Soviet aircraft and Chinese soldiers The US Marines Naval and ArmyAir Force fighters and bombers were brought in to provide support the ArmyAn African American sharecropper from Mississipi Jesse Brown decided he was going to fly airplanes after the first one buzzed the tobacco field where he was working His parents wer I have been given an opportunity to review the book Devotion An Epic Story of Heroism Friendship and Sacrifice by Adam Makos I r What an excellent book 4 Stars for this riveting flying story You can put yourself into the cockpit with Tom Hudner or Jesse Brown caught between the sheer thrill of flying a fighter and the tension of flying into battle over North Korea Not just flying and fighting but also you join the Marines at Chosin and the pitched battles after the Chinese join the fight The two fights are brought together on the fateful day that Jesse is shot down and Tom crash The Mount Shasta Mission lands next to him to try and save him Tom s story is good but Jesse s is all the impressive Where he came from and his family wife siblings are the heart of the book for me Having flown in Korea above and below the clouds in the mountains in bad weather working as an airborne FAC to bring airpower to support the guys on the ground i The story of fighter pilots flying ground support missions in Korea during the forgotten war the story is really about two unlikely friends and a great sacrifice A New Englander whose father was a well respected merchant and his friend a son of a Mississippi sharecropper who became one of the first five African American officers in the Marine Corps developed a relationship while being stationed stateside in 1949 and that friendship continued on their tour of duty on the USS Leyte a small carrier in post war European service Along the way they encounter Elizabeth Taylor and have their share of experiences with pilot misadventures and tragedies Jesse the Mississippian experiences racism along the wayWe are also introduced along the way to a suad of Marines that join the Leyte for war games in Crete and weater revisit their struggles as the Cold War threatens to become the Third World WarAs the conflict in Korea flared up the pilots were tasked to fly ground support missions at ow altitudes in the area around the contested Chosin Reservoir where thousands of Chinese soldiers assaulted the US Army and the Marines that once sailed with the pilots during one of the coldest winters on record When Jesse Brown the aforementioned Mississippian is shot down Tom Rudner the New Englander knows that he will either die from exposure or torture at the hands of the Chinese who would not take kindly to the pilots who had been dropping napalm on them so Rudner takes his plane down also 17 miles behind enemy inesThis is a great story but it takes up a small percentage of the book which is a kind of puff piece for the remainder of it telling us the background of the two main pilots but also introducing us to the other members of the suadron and helping us to understand the why component of the story I enjoyed it a ot and although it almost could have been told in half the pages it was worth reading. Jesse as they battle a North Korean invasion As the fury of the fighting escalates Tom and Jesse fly guns blazing to save a Marine division cornered at the Chosin Reservoir and outnumbered ten to one When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy ines 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 From the Hardcover editio.