Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fearless, by Eric Blehm

Title: Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

Author: Eric Blehm

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Date: May 21, 2013

Paperback: 228 pages

 About the Author
Eric Blehm is the best-selling author of The Only Thing Worth Dying For, 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.

About the Book
When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hind Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he 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.”

Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination were fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses, including drug addiction, and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. In a deeply personal and absorbing chronicle, Fearless reveals a glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood, and presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior whose final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as…fearless. 

My take
First and foremost, everyone should read this book. It is very inspiring. When I first received this book, I assumed it was going to be just about his mission in Afghanistan (no, I don't always read the back to see what the book is truly about). As I started to read it, I realized it was much more than that. It was about courage, strength, loyalty, faith, but most of all "fearlessness".

The author does a great job showing us who Adam Brown truly was. By taking us on a journey from his humble beginnings, we get to see the real person he was. The demons that he had to conquer and how his faith in God helped him through. He was a person whose book everyone should take a chapter from. It takes a lot to become a SEAL and he had everything that was needed.

The book also includes pictures from Adam Brown's life that shows him as a child through him becoming a SEAL. It also includes an epilogue that will tug at your heart as much as the book itself. You will also find an In Memoriam at the back of the book that lists West and East Coast U.S. Naval Special Warfare, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, and U.S. Army General Support Aviation Battalion men that gave their life for their country. Then you will find a section called Adam's Legacy which shows different emails or letters that people sent author Eric Blehm to show him how much Adam has inspired them.

Like I stated before, this is a really good story that everyone should read. 

This complementary book was given to me for my honest review.

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