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Publisher's Note:

For readers of Unbroken 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 U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator 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…


by Adam Mako

Overall Book Review:

Devotion tellsthe phenomenal true story of two young aviators during the Korean War. Composed by New York Times Bestselling author Adam Makos, Devotion will hook readers from the very first chapter. Makos writes with vivid and stunning detail, combining a myriad of historical facts with powerful dialogue. Devotion has excellent pacing and foreshadowing, with a steady build-up to the pivotal moment of courage and sacrifice. Readers will feel invested in the outcomes of these brave young men, thanks to Makos’ incredible research and extensive veteran interviews. The book features black and white photos of the countless heroes, as well as frequent footnotes that add interesting bits of information. Devotion is easily one of the best books of the year and I highly recommend it! 

Review of Advance Reader’s Edition

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  10 religious exclamations; 24 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory names, 3 scatological words, 4 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; multiple secondhand reports of violence involving war, plane crashes, Pearl Harbor and POW executions; a few brief scenes of violence involving plane crashes; several extended incidents of violence during battle; destruction of property with no casualties; several non-detailed scenes of violent death involving plane crashes and men shot in battle; a few incidents of blood and gore involving grenades and gunshots; one brief scene of intense violence and multiple extended scenes of intense violence (lasting several pages) that describe battles during the Korean War.

Sex/Nudity:  Several incidents of kissing; a few sexual references; a few implied incidents of sexual activity.

Mature Subject Matter:

World War II, Korean War, Cold War, POWs, battle, death of family and friends, racism, verbal abuse, poverty, communism, rumors of torture.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters frequently drink and smoke; a few scenes take place in a bar.

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My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.