My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor by Brendan McDonough

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Read My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor Online Free - A gripping first-person account by the sole survivor of Arizona's disastrous 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire, which took the lives of 19 "hotshots"--firefighters trained specifically to battle wildfires.

Brendan McDonough was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team of elite firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their leader, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the unit, and perhaps seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew's skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh's firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battle a number of blazes and eventually win the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers.

Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough--"Donut" as he'd been dubbed by his team--served as lookout, they confronted a freak, 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks.

My Lost Brothers is a gripping memoir that traces McDonough's story of finding his way out of the dead end of drugs, finding his purpose among the Granite Mountain Hotshots, and the minute-by-minute account of the fateful day he lost the very men who had saved him. A harrowing and redemptive story of resilience in the face of tragedy, My Lost Brothers is also a powerful reminder of the heroism of the people who put themselves in harm's way to protect us every day.

Title : My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor
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ISBN : 0316308188
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Steven rated it ★★★★★

November 04, 2017

Gripping and inspirational. I felt drawn to this book because I’ve been through wildland firefighter training, so I have a ton of respect for the guys who do it for a living. And I always appreciate people who are willing to tell their own stories. Especially tough, intensely personal stories. Tel...

Chris rated it ★★★★★

June 21, 2017

So...this book is sold in the UK as 'Granite Mountain' but is the same work. The story detailed within this book has been in my mind off and on quite a lot over the years (since 2013), due largely to being familiar with the area where it's set. In short it deals with the June 2013 death of the 19 f...

Casey rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 23, 2017

Most folks will find this to be an interesting and exciting book. After 24 years working for two of the biggest federal agencies in wildland fire, I find it extremely frustrating, starting from the very beginning. As represented, the author and another crew member basically go out cowboying on a...

Cassie rated it ★★★★☆

October 06, 2017

Good read! I would have finished earlier but busy life made it hard!!! Read this so I could see the movie this month!

Katie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 02, 2016

This book started off with multiple typos in the first few chapters, and went downhill from there. The author seems to be more or less a scumbag who is making is living now off the deaths of his co-workers. Example: He talks about how his friend Chris and he were always there for each other, and...

Ash rated it ★★★★★

November 24, 2017

“My Lost Brothers”, (newly re-titled “Granite Mountain” in the U.S.), has been at the very top of my reading list ever since its release. I’m a Prescottonian. Born, raised and still live in Prescott, Arizona. Everyone here knows someone who served on the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, whether or not...

Jordan rated it ★★★★★

September 23, 2017

In the close-knit brotherhood of America’s Bravest, there is an elite few who dare to do the impossible by confronting the most menacing conflagrations imaginable. They are wildland firefighters; the tip-of-the spear when Mother Nature turns up the heat. Of the twenty-thousand wildland firefighte...

Valli rated it ★★★☆☆

January 11, 2018

I had just driven through Yarnell on my way to Prescott before receiving this book as a gift from a local resident. It was a good, conversational read, bolstered by the co-author's eye for storytelling detail. I didn't expect to learn so much about fire and the terrain in the dry mountains of Ari...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★★

November 02, 2017

I made the mistake of reading some reviews prior to reading this book, and now I cannot help but comment on some. This book is a man's story, it was what he lived, and survived. It's easy to sit back and judge everything he did or describes sitting at home in front of a computer. I do not think it...

Joy rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 19, 2017

Interesting, sad tragic story. Brendan could have saved a couple chapters if he had of dropped the swearing. Sadly, his story would have been even more powerful if this book had of had a good editor to clean up the language.

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