Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm (Review)



"FEARLESS takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.
When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, but Adam was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

But long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—there was a fun-loving country boy from Arkansas whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam Brown was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents … until he grew older, and his family watched that appetite for risk draw him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail.

FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam Brown's final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

FEARLESS is the intimate story of a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as just that—fearless."

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My Thoughts:

With our house being hit recently with the flu and stomach bug, I have found myself up late at night tending to the girls, and not being able to sleep due to the up and down calls.  So, I have been able to take this time and catch up on some reading.  I have had "Fearless" sitting on the end table for a couple of weeks now, but never found the time to read it until this past Monday.  And, once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.  The book is based on the life of Navy Seal, Adam Brown, who gave his life on May 17, 2010, doing what he loved best, serving his country and protecting us from harm.  Little did he know when he awoke that day that it would be his last.  But, like many in the military, he was ready to give his life to protect his country and those he loved.  I am in awe every day when I hear stories from friends who have spouses and relatives in the military and how they continue to re-list, as they feel it is their duty and calling in life.  I can't imagine serving, or for that matter re-listing time and again, if I had a family with young children.  And, in Adam's case, he had a wife and two small children at home, waiting and hoping for his safe return.

This page turning will introduce you to a heroic man, who relied on his faith and love of family and friends, to give him the strength to fight day and day out for his country. Adam overcame so many obstacles in his life including drug addiction, to find Jesus Christ, and ultimately become a fearless man, who will inspire all those read his story.

I was moved not only by Adam's story, but also found myself being moved to tears as I looked at the personal photos of Adam and his family and friends which are interspersed throughout the pages of this book, as well as personal letters written by Adam for his family (in case he didn't make it home), along with powerful scripture, which he always included at the end of his letters.

Adam Brown was and will always remain an amazing man and hero in the eyes of so many who got the chance to know him personal.  But, for those who will learn about Adam through this book, will also feel a connection to him.  And, by the time you finish the book, you will take a look at your life and want to make sure you tell those around you just how much they mean to you, and how much you love them.  Adam's family knew this, and even though he wasn't able to return home alive, his memory will live on in his wife and two children.  God bless the Brown family and those who knew Adam.  And, Adam, thank you for all that you did, and for giving the ultimate sacrifice.  Your heroic story will live on thanks to this book written by Eric Blehm.

About the Author:

ERIC BLEHM is the best-selling author of The Only Thing Worth DyingFor, which recounts the harrowing story of the first Special Forces A-team to infiltrate Taliban-held southern Afghanistan weeks after 9/11. It was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. The Last Season, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, was named by Outside magazine as one of the ten “greatest adventure biographies ever written.” Blehm lives in California with his wife and children.

Disclosure:  "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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