Synopses & Reviews
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 togetherand#151;and#147;brothers forever.and#8221;
Award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travisand#8217;s father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generationand#8217;s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendanand#8217;s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. From Travisand#8217;s incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendanand#8217;s anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friendand#8217;s death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.
"Retired U.S. Marine Colonel Manion and Sileo, editor of The Unknown Soldiers blog, deliver the tragic tale of the former's son Travis and Travis's friend Brendan Looney, who met in 2001 when they served as midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. The men, both former football players, became best friends and roommates, although they eventually chose different military career paths: Manion joined the Marine Corps like his father; Looney opted to become a U.S. Navy SEAL. Travis Manion died on April 29, 2007, at age 26 ,while fighting in Iraq; Looney lost his life in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010 at age 29. The moving story of these 'two American heroes,' Tom Manion writes, is 'representative of an entire young generation of men and women who answered the call to serve after the attacks of September 11, 2001.' This moving story is told well, albeit with the heavy use of reconstructed quotes, and it succeeds as a testament to the courage and dedication of two young men who are now buried next to each other at Arlington National Cemetery. Agent: E.J. McCarthy. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 3/24/14
This moving story is told well
and it succeeds as a testament to the courage and dedication of two young men who are now buried next to each other at Arlington National Cemetery.”
Enthusiasts of military heroics should enjoy this grueling account of valor.”
Military Times (Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force Times), 4/7/14
Their bond binds this heartfelt and loving tribute
The school years, service and sacrifice of two young men instill awe, inspire humility and introduce tears.”
Advance Praise for Brothers Forever
"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 togetherand#151;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."
and#151;Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush
"Brothers Forever by Tom Sileo and Col. Tom Manion provides an intimate portrait of two patriots who are compelling examples of a generation of young Americans who have sacrificed in the defense of our freedoms following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001."
and#151;Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Gerald Ford
"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."
and#151;Gary Sinise, award-winning actor and founder of the veterans-supporting Gary Sinise Foundation
"Brothers Forever isand#151;literallyand#151;a staggering book. It drives home the price of a decade of war through the stories of a Marine and a SEAL whose memory will live forever."
and#151;Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away
"Brothers Forever is more than the shared story of two American heroes, it encapsulates the pride, adrenaline, ethos, and anguish of the entire military community. The best way for our country to honor the sacrifices made by our fallen and their families is to never forget them. We can begin by reading this incredible book."
and#151;Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone
"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."
and#151;Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of The Heart and the Fist
"For those who might question America's character, this account of two remarkable young men will restore confidence. So long as our country breeds committed warriors like Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, we will pass down our freedoms intact to the next generation. Their story is the stuff of legends, yet for them it was very real."
and#151;General James Mattis, USMC (Ret.), former commander of US Central Command
"Brothers Forever is an incredible story of brotherhood and heroism that every true American patriot should read. Brendan and Travis represent the very best of a generation that answered the call after 9/11. Their story captures the heart, inspires a whole new generation to serve, and stands as a testament to the unbreakable bond formed among US Armed Forces as they fight alongside each other and lay down their lives."
and#151;Lieutenant Commander Leif Babin, US Navy SEAL and Silver Star Recipient; Instructor and Teammate of Lieutenant Brendan Looney
Publishers Weekly, 3/24/14
and#147;This moving story is told welland#133;and it succeeds as a testament to the courage and dedication of two young men who are now buried next to each other at Arlington National Cemetery.and#8221;
and#147;Inspirational narrativeand#133;Enthusiasts of military heroics should enjoy this grueling account of valor.and#8221;
Military Times (Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force Times), 4/7/14
and#147;Their bond binds this heartfelt and loving tributeand#133;The school years, service and sacrifice of two young men instill awe, inspire humility and introduce tears.and#8221;
and#147;[A] heartfelt and devastating storyand#133;A powerful readand#133;Capture[s] the pain of the family when the two soldiers lose their lives for their countryand#133;The book is a stark reminder of what the last 13 years of fighting these two wars have been about. Itand#8217;s also a look at how proud are enlisted members are to serve us all.and#8221;
Roanoke Times, 5/11/14
and#147;This is a tale of two lives, and more than two lives. It is a heart-touching story, and more than a little troubling.and#8221;
Weekly Standard, 5/19/14
and#147;I particularly recommend the just published book, Brothers Forever. [Itand#8217;s] a gripping account of friendship, war, sacrifice, and valor.and#8221;
Leatherneck Magazine, June 2014
and#147;Their story will grip readersand#151;even after theyand#8217;ve finished the bookand#133;This well-written, well-conceived book will hit you hard in the gut.and#8221;
"This powerful book reinforces the belief that there are still young people out there who will put their needs aside and do what they feel is right."
Huffington News Network, 5/23/14
"A magnificent book that I couldn't finish without tears streaming down my face."
A Soldierand#8217;s Perspective, 5/23/14
"Brotherly love is a powerful thing. Even more powerful is the love of a father who refuses to let his sonsand#8217; sacrifice and legacy be forgotten. I am a better person having read Brothers Forever and I think you will be too."
Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/13/14
and#147;Brothers Forever is a tragic, yet somehow also uplifting story of two young men, two warriors, who lost their lives on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and now lie together forever at Arlington National Cemetery.and#8221;
San Francisco Book Review, 11/10/14
and#147;Brothers Forever is a horrific yet gripping and engaging story of two American soldiersand#151;two heroesand#151;whose courage on the battlefield was astonishingand#133;This memorable account truly and finely honors the bravery of the late servicemen Manion and Looney.and#8221;
Palo Verde Valley Times
"An incredible tale of brotherhood and heroism...Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship family and war."
[is]and#133;a story of extraordinary courage, sacrifice, and loveand#133;a story of the price of freedom. All Americans should read it.and#8221;and#151;Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense
and#147;This is much more than a book about warand#151;this is also a book about friendship, family, military culture, and patriotism.and#8221;and#151;Philadelphia Inquirer
and#147;A deeply moving, true-to-life tale of two men, two brothers, two American heroesand#8221;and#151;Gary Sinise, actor and veteransand#8217; advocate
and#147;A staggering bookand#8221;and#151;Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away
"This heartfelt and loving tribute...of two young men will instill awe, inspire humility, and introduce tears."and#151;Military Times
"Will grip readers...[and] will hit you hard in the gut."and#151;Leatherneck
On September 11, 2001, two Naval Academy roommates made a solemn pledge to defend America; twelve years later their sacrifice has come to define a generations devotion to country. Today, they are buried side-by-side, brothers forever.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, two Naval Academy roommates made a solemn pledge to defend America.
tells the intimate and personal story of how two Naval academy roommatesandmdash;US Marine Travis Manion and US Navy SEAL Brendan Looneyandmdash;defined a generation's sacrifice after 9/11, and how their loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory. It is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war.
About the Author
is a nationally syndicated columnist and editor of The Unknown Soldiers blog, which Military.com named the best military blog run by a U.S. reporter in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He lives in Marietta, Georgia.
Col. Tom Manion USMCR(Ret.) is an executive at Johnson and Johnson and Chairman Emeritus at the Travis Manion Foundation. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve after thirty years of honorable service. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.