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Brothers Forever: The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy SEAL that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice [Kindle Edition]

Tom Sileo , Tom Manion
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Book Description

Four weeks after Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama stood in Arlington National Cemetery to deliver his Memorial Day address. He extolled the heroism and sacrifice of the two 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 former roommates and best friends were now buried together—“brothers forever.”

Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis’s father, Colonel Tom Manion, USMCR (Ret.), tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation’s sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq. From Travis’s incredible bravery on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan’s anguished SEAL training in the wake of his friend’s death and later acts of heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of war and friendship.

Editorial Reviews


Brothers Forever [is]…a story of extraordinary courage, sacrifice, and love…a story of the price of freedom. All Americans should read it.”—Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense

“This is much more than a book about war—this is also a book about friendship, family, military culture, and patriotism.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“A deeply moving, true-to-life tale of two men, two brothers, two American heroes”—Gary Sinise, actor and veterans’ advocate

“A staggering book”—Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away

"This heartfelt and loving tribute...of two young men will instill awe, inspire humility, and introduce tears."—Military Times

"Will grip readers...[and] will hit you hard in the gut."—Leatherneck

About the Author

Tom Sileo is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist whose weekly newspaper column has been distributed by Creators Syndicate since 2011. He is a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and lives in Marietta, Georgia.

Tom Manion is the father of First Lieutenant Travis Manion. He started his career in the Marine Corps, retiring after thirty years at the rank of colonel. He is chairman emeritus at the Travis Manion Foundation and lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers and Patriots to the End May 14, 2014
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The co-writer of this book, Tom Manion, tells the heartfelt and devastating story of his son Travis Manion and one of his son's best friends, Brendan Looney, and how they both gave their lives for what they believed in.

The two met in 2001 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where they both graduated before being commissioned. They became instant and lifelong friends. The book goes into detail about the training both men went through and the difficult decisions each made about their commissions.

One of the most compelling factors that makes this book such a powerful read is that the authors include the details of many of the battles that Travis was involved with and what his thoughts are throughout the battle. It's difficult for someone who has never been in wartime battles and conflicts to imagine what the thought processes are that go through a soldier's mind.

Another amazing part of the book is how the authors capture the pain of the family when the two soldiers lose their lives for their country. The families have to live with the worry and the fears everyday that their loved ones are deployed. The sorrow and sadness are overwhelming when those fears become reality.

Readers also get a sense of how proud the soldiers are to serve and protect. There are many, many jobs where people put their lives on the line every day. The difference is that when a person serves as a police officer or a fireman, they get to go home to their families and friends at the end of each day. Service men and women put their lives on the line day in and day out and never leave their workplace and don't get to see their families for months on end.

They do have the support of their fellow soldiers.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss You Brendan May 14, 2014
This story brings tears to my eyes. LT Brendan Looney was the kindest and most down to earth person I knew. He was and continues to be my role model. I remember hearing the news and I just broke down. You fought to protect your country and your brotherhood with Travis is one that was truly genuine. This is truly a good read and a lovely tribute.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Inspiring Story May 14, 2014
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I just received this book yesterday and I could hardly put it down for a few hours of sleep last night. As soon as possible, I finished it today. What an amazing story of courage, bravery, sacrifice and love of country. It was not only well-written, but inspiring. I loved the fact that it had so many accounts from different service members and their families. While this story is about a Marine and a Navy Seal, it is also about all who selflessly serve for freedom and love of country. My deepest thanks to the Manion and Looney families for their sacrifices and for sharing their story.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful May 14, 2014
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I have been anxiously waiting for this book to release. I have had the pleasure of meeting Tom Manion and the family of Travis Manion as well as the wife of Brendan Looney at the "If Not Me Then Who" 2013 Gala where I took photos. This book was very emotional and portrayed the bond and brotherhood that was formed between these two men and the courage they had. This book was beautifully written and I will gladly encourage anyone to read it. My boyfriend is deployed at the moment and I will be sending him a copy of this book.

This book and the Travis Manion foundation has forever touched my heart.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, inspiring story. Unforgettable. May 26, 2014
Brothers Forever is not a typical read for me, but in honor of Memorial Day, I decided to accept it for review. I was intrigued by Travis and Brendan's stories and liked the fact that Travis' father, a retired Marine, wrote the book.

It took me a little bit (probably 20% of the book) to really get invested in the story, because there was a lot of back story for both men. But once I got to know Travis and Brendan, there was no way I could put this book down.

Brothers Forever is told in the third person, with Travis' father as the narrator. I have such great respect for Colonel Manion, having the fortitude to write the story of his son's military career, and eventual death. I admired Colonel Manion for telling Travis and Brendan's stories, working through his grief over losing his son, in order to educate the American people about exactly what the members of our military go through to keep us safe. I loved knowing exactly how Travis felt about being a Marine, and how he never gave his willingness to sacrifice his life for the American people a second thought. It was just second nature to him.

One of my favorite parts of Brothers Forever occurs when Travis is at a NFL game. He looks around at the crowded stadium and reflects that he would die for each and every person in the stadium, to keep them safe. Travis' devotion to preserving America's freedoms and people was incredibly poignant, and so heartfelt that it brought me to tears. How many of us could say the same? Not many, in my opinion. Reading Brothers Forever gave me an even greater level of respect for our armed forces.

I liked that both Brendan and Travis' tours in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan were told in so much detail.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story.
This was a touching story about two young men, the impact they had on each other, and the impact they - and their amazing relationship - had on others. Good story, worth the read. Read more
Published 3 days ago by ploeffler
5.0 out of 5 stars It produced the best kind of tears
Terrific story..!!...Not necessarily a combat action book, but more about the human dynamics of serving one's country. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ron Hintz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!! Must Read.
WOW....fantastic book. Great book, I was touched by the stories of these great men, it was funny, it was sad and it was uplifting. Definately recommend this book.
Published 8 days ago by Sharon Douglass
3.0 out of 5 stars great story
Inspiring and very moving story helps you realize the sacrifice of soldiers and their families. I'd give the story 5 stars but could have been better written.
Published 9 days ago by Michael J. A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read this book cover to cover in one day-couldn't put it down.
Published 10 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story of two great men who gave their lives for us
WOW, what a great read about two American Heroes!!!!!!
Could not put it down. God bless the Gold Star Families
Published 10 days ago by michael s kowalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book!
Published 11 days ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroes for ever
Tremendous story of parallel heroes. Where do we get these men!
Published 16 days ago by Bill Hackett
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderfully inspiring story
What a wonderfully inspiring story. They were the best of the best. Get ready for the Kleenex. These boys parents deserve a lot of credit for raising such wonderful young men. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Whirlygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reminder of the sacrifices of our new generation of ...
Well written. Great reminder of the sacrifices of our new generation of military; in this case, especially its most junior officers and their love of country and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Patrick H. Throop
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