Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm is about the story of Adam Brown, a kid from Arkansas who was extremely proud of his state. He wasn't the biggest kid, but he had the biggest heart who saved a boy with Down Syndrome from being bullied, obeyed his parents even if it got him picked on by his friends and was always doing crazy stunts. He was always well-liked and respected. Eventually, he got into drugs and ultimately landed in jail. One day, he met the woman who would be his future wife and between her, his parents and God, he got clean with just a few relapses. He decided that he wanted to go into the Navy. But, in the usual Adam Brown fashion, he didn't want to just be on a ship; he wanted to be a SEAL. With the determination he has shown his entire life, he persevered to achieve his goal. On March 17, 2010, with a highly decorated career, he gave the ultimate sacrifice while trying to protect his team.
While reading this book, I was struck by how much he and his team were like brothers. You always hear that it is that way, but if you were never in the military (and I wasn't), you just don't know the extent until you start reading a book like this. These guys went shoulder-to-shoulder into danger to protect our freedoms and you could just imagine the sense of brotherhood when these guys spoke of Adam with such respect, love and grief. Even though I knew how it was going to end, I still cried reading about the grief of his family and his friends, his brothers. Eric Blehm said it himself in the Afterword, "Even with the knowledge that Adam truly was ready-body and soul-to give up his life in the line of duty, the final chapters of this book were heartrending to write. I knew what was coming, but I hoped for a different outcome...somehow." I knew how it was going to end and I kept hoping he would pull through and go home to that beautiful family of his.
I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter how you feel about the War on Terror. There are so many other men and women who died serving our country whose stories we don't get to hear. They, and Adam Brown, deserve for us to take the time to read about the sacrifices they go through while we sit in our homes, playing with our children, griping about how we have to do this or that that, in the grand scheme of things, really aren't that bad. And, through it all, he never lost his faith in God.
Get a sneak peek by reading chapter one here.
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Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I did not receive compensation for a positive review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.