(Review) Three Wise Men: A Navy Seal, A Green Beret and How Their Marine Brother Became a War’s Sole Survivor by Beau Wise and Tom Sileo

Publisher and Publication Date: St. Martin’s Press. January 5, 2021.
Genre: Nonfiction. War history. Biography. Autobiography.
Pages: 304.
Format: E-book.
Source: NetGalley. I received a complimentary e-book copy from NetGalley, but I was not required to write a positive review.
Audience: Readers of war history.
Rating: Excellent.

Link to an article about the Wise parents: The Washington Post.

Amazon link to pre-order

Facebook page for the book: Three Wise Men.

For more info @ St. Martin’s Press: Three Wise Men.

Three Wise Men is the story of three brothers who served in three different military branches during the time period of the war of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and the Iraq war.
It is Beau Wise the youngest brother who tells their story.
The brothers are Jeremy, Ben, and Beau. They have a sister named Heather. They grew up in the town of El Dorado, Arkansas. Their parents are loving and supportive people.
Each brother joined the military after the 9/11 attacks in America.
Jeremy served as a US Navy Seal. He later worked CIA contract work in Afghanistan.
Ben served as a US Army Green Beret sniper.
Beau served as a US Marine.
After Jeremy and Ben were killed, Beau was pulled from serving in combat operations.
Jeremy recreates their stories: sharing boyhood memories, tender moments with family, the dedication and perseverance during their military service, and the ultimate sacrifice while serving.

My Thoughts:
This is the second book I’ve read about those who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
This topic touches my heart because my own son served in the military during the war in Iraq.

I have several thoughts about this book.
1.The first is what better person to pen the story and narrate then the brother who both served in the military and has fallen service family members. This brings a different perspective, rather than an author with no personal attachment to the war or of the experience of loosing a loved one.
Beau understands personally the sacrifice of serving in combat operations.
Since Beau was in the Marines, he understands the military language, training, the stress of combat, and the decompression time after a combat Veteran returns home. He also understands life post war and military.
2. Three Wise Men is told in a serious and somber mood, but there are moments of humor and fond memories shared.
3. Three Wise Men is not described as a Christian book, but there are several Bible verses included. For example: Isaiah 6:8, 1 Corinthians 13, Philippians 3:12-21, Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 12:1-2, and 1 John 3:18.
4. I feel the book depicts a full-length picture of the three brothers.
5. The subject is told both in a chronological format, but it is also told retrospectively.
6. Three Wise Men is a testament for all of those who have served in the military during a time of war.

Why does this story matter?
Three Wise Men is a record of an exceptional family who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is their legacy that demonstrates valor both on the battlefield and at home.


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