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

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

by Eric Blehm

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

New York Times bestseller

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 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.”
Long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—he was a fun-loving country boy from Hot Springs, 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 was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a
promise to his parents.
But after high school, Adam fell in with the wrong crowd, and his family watched as his appetite for risk dragged him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail. Battling his inner demons on a last-chance road to redemption, Adam had one goal: to become the best of the best—a U.S. Navy SEAL.
An absorbing chronicle of heroism and humanity, Fearless presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior who would enter a village with weapons in hand to hunt terrorists, only to come back the next day with an armload of shoes and meals for local children. It is a deeply personal, revealing glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood that also shows how these elite operators live out the rest of their lives, away from danger, as husbands, fathers, and friends.
Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and 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’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307730718
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 39,003
File size: 7 MB

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.

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Author’s Note

Adam Brown’s civilian and military life has been recounted to me by his family, friends, and teammates—all eyewitnesses to each event portrayed in this book, including what Adam told them directly about his history and spiritual testimony. I also used official documents, statements, military records and reports, criminal records, family archives, letters, e-mails, and journal and diary entries. Some dates, locations, times, distances, and names (including those of some civilians) have been changed; faces in photographs obscured; and military tactics, techniques, and procedures altered in order to maintain operational security for the safety of the U.S. Navy SEALs
and those who work alongside them.

All information about the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, the SEALs, and individuals (including the use of real names) has already been published widely by the media and is deemed common knowledge. Nearly a dozen active-duty SEAL operators—including those in leadership roles—have unofficially, but no less meticulously, reviewed this manuscript for factuality and to point out any issues that might endanger lives in future operations. I have removed or rewritten sections to their approval, and in the few cases of discrepancy among the operators, I went with
the majority. Any vagueness in the manuscript is intentional, to protect these men and their allies.

All quotes, slang, inner thoughts, dialogue, and descriptions have been conveyed to me by those intimately involved in the story to the best of their ability and individual memories. Nothing has been contrived, dramatized, or fabricated.
What you are about to read is the account of an American hero who bravely gave permission in his final written requests to share his journey, from small-town America to the gutter to jail to Jesus to war to the top tier of the U.S. military: SEAL Team SIX.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

1 Foundations 3

2 Something Special 10

3 The Wolf Pack 21

4 Slipping 29

5 The Dark Time 37

6 In God's Hands 47

7 Kelley 61

8 Rising Up 78

9 Pays to Be a Winner 88

10 A SEAL Is Born 97

11 The Calling 109

12 War 123

13 Something Important 138

14 Green Team 152

15 Top Secret 166

16 Heart of a Warrior 185

17 Objective Lake James 199

18 I Got It! 214

19 Unconquerable Soul 226

Epilogue 241

Afterword 251

Acknowledgments 254

In Memoriam 256

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Fearless: The True Story of a Man's Heroic Sacrifice and a Woman's Unwavering Devotion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 229 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Love, strength, caring, fearlessness, faith, dedication, selflessness, these are all qualities that Adam Brown possessed. As a Navy Seal he epitomized the American warrior. Of the many stories that could be told of the Seals, his comrades invariably pointed to his story as the one they would like told. He was no saint. He would would be the first to admit he had his faults and his demons. Shortly out of high school, he became hooked on drugs, after he failed to find a direction for his life. He fell to the depths of lying to and stealing from his own family to support his habit. The turning point came when his parents realizing they could not help him, turned him in to the police. His mother was overcome as she and her husband watched him being handcuffed and taken to jail. Adam was crushed, but found remorse and the Lord while in jail. He resolved to beat the drugs and to once again become the type of person of whom his parents would be proud. It wasn't an easy road. He was helped by his new girl friend and future wife, Kelley. He determined to enlist in the Navy and become a Seal, the best the Navy had to offer. How could a man who admitted he was addicted to drugs turn his life around and become a Navy Seal? This book is the story of a man's struggle to overcome all odds. He started by devoting his life to faith in God, by not taking no for an answer, by not allowing others to tell him he could not get where he wanted to go. Adam Brown overcame obstacles that would stop most men dead in their tracks. At one point in training he lost the sight of his right eye in a training accident. Instead of giving up he trained himself to use the other eye to aim with, maintaining his marksmanship qualification. Later on a mission, the fingers of his right hand were crushed and nearly severed. He endured the pain of having his fingers reattached and when he found they would not work efficiently, he trained himself to shoot accurately with his left hand. He accomplished all of this with the support of his family, his teammates, and his faith in God. He seemed to be able to overcome any odds, until that night raid in Afghanistan on March 17, 2010. This is a very good book which recounts the life of a man who stood for all the best this country has to offer. He was selfless and brave. A man of faith and family. He was a man to look up to. His story, one that in these times truly needed to be told. The way he led his life was inspirational. A man any of us would be proud to know. This book was provided by the publishers for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of these books, and as I know an ex-Seal, I usually look at these books as crossing the boundaries of what should and should not be discussed. This book was written for all the right reasons in my opinion. What a phenomenal story that shows the true power of persistence and faith. I truly feel lucky to have been able to read this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To have gone from nothing to this tier one operator is amazing. I have no words to describe this book. Deserves more than a 5 star rating.
LCHM More than 1 year ago
I have not been so affected by a book...since reading Marianne Pearl's "A Mighty Heart" (about the kidnapping and murder of her husband, "Wall Street" reporter Daniel Pearl, by terrorists in Pakistan). I have never been so moved by a book as I was by "Fearless". When I reached the last couple of chapters I was sobbing. My heart ached for his wife and children, mother and father, brother and sister...my heart ached for the rest of us, who will now...never chance meeting Adam Brown or have the privilege as those who did. I have never been so inspired by a book....I have a reserve which I draw from to push myself harder when need be and only excuses can detour me otherwise... This reserve has a new mantra...Adam Brown, Adam Brown, Adam Brown... Eric Blehm has brought us a gift with the story of Adam Brown. Adam made one bad decision in his life... Adam by far... made more honorable and great decisions throughout his life. I no longer can say "I can't"...Adam has made me realize I want to be a better person....Faith, family and country have always been important to me...yet, I now know, I can always kick it up a notch. Eric Blehm has skillfully brought to light this humble hero and I feel the urgency to know the names of all these heroes...quietly they serve us and fight for our freedom. Their names should constantly be rotating through our thoughts and hearts...they have given and continue to give us our lives while interupting or giving up theirs. If I could sum up Adam Brown in one descriptive word...perhaps, disciplined? Committed? Courageous? So many more as they adaquately describe him...but "heart" is what made Adam Brown all those things....Adam put his heart into everyone and everything.....Adam put his heart in and then gave his heart to...America and Afghanistan.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
About the Book (from publisher): Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators. An absorbing chronicle of heroism and humanity, Fearless presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior who would enter a village with weapons in hand to hunt terrorists, only to come back the next day with an armload of shoes and meals for local children. It is a deeply personal, revealing glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood that also shows how these elite operators live out the rest of their lives, away from danger, as husbands, fathers and friends. Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and 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 US military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s 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 thoughts: First of all, a caution - There is some rough or course language at a few points. This is not prevalent and is indicative of the occasion - unredeemed. Now about the book and the life and men it is about. This is a biography. A story of the courage of a man and of men. It is also a stronger story of redemption. A lost soul is redeemed by a Saviour, Jesus Christ. And a struggling, lost individual who is given a chance to redeem himself personally by that "second chance" repeated more than once by other men and by his work. It is about a dark period in the life of Adam Brown. But you see his childhood. You see how he comes through and out of that dark period by the grace of God and the support and love of a woman. You see a man who seeks constantly to prove himself and who seemingly doesn't let fear get in the way of making it to the top. I can't really say more and certainly can not say it better than the publisher has in the overview of the book (see above). I can say, though, that it awes me to think that American men can push themselves to such physical, mental, and emotion limits and still push on. It awes me the sacrifice they are making to provide a safe America and a safer World. I would say this is basically a man's book. It will appeal mostly to men. However, it behooves all Americans to know this story. And to know the story, the book should be read. Is this "Southern Lady of-a-certain-age" glad she read it? Yes! You see, I had no concept of what our military endured and sacrificed for us until I read it. Now I've had a glimpse into that world. Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of Fearless by the Publisher, WaterBrook Press and Blogging for Books in order to provide an honest review. I was in no way compensated and under no obligation to render a favorable review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, very inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed. I cried. I hugged my husband and son harder. Adam Brown and his teammates are true warriors. Adam's strength and courage are like nothing I have ever seen before. Read this book. You will not regret it.
ConsideringTheFields More than 1 year ago
Adam Brown did this: he lived with all his might while he lived. That is one thing that shines through Blehm’s book Fearless. It was refreshing to read of a man who knew his strength was from Another. It seems Adam’s life could be summed up in this, “not I, but Christ.” Funerals are telling of a man’s life and it was clear where Adam wanted the spotlight shined at his. Going from crack addict to elite SEAL operator is humanly impossible. There was a lot of brokenness in Adam’s life and he wanted those things known so that His Savior’s grace would shine. Adam Brown was a man alive. He understood and lived what most of us just long for. His life was marked with that rare sort of determined abandonment to mediocrity that looks to some like simple recklessness. Recklessness it was not. He understood that life was a gift and that every good and perfect gift was from above. He treasured his wife and children. He treasured the breath he was given and the tremendous giftedness he possessed. Fearless tells of a man with a rare, deep maturity that blends together things that don’t seem like they should go together. Meek and bold; humble and tenacious; longing to show compassion and tenderness –how many shoes did he give away to Afghan children!? Yet, he was ready to deal lethal violence for those to whom it was due. Chesterton’s comment seems to capture well the warrior ethos that Adam possessed. He fought not so much out of hatred for the enemy in “front” of him, but out of love for what was “behind” him- his family, his brothers in arms, his country. “No matter what my spirit is given to the Lord and I will finally be victorious,” wrote Adam. He understood that death had lost its sting because Christ conquered sin and death once for all. And so his funeral, where his body was laid to rest was not an act of closure. Rather -as much of his life- it was an act of defiance. Death will not have the final say for those like Adam Brown whose hope is in the Lord of Life. Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions and review of this title are entirely my own.
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"Fearless" by Eric Blehm is a book that details the life of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator, Adam Brown. Let me start by saying that this book was not at all what I expected - it was so much better! What I expected was all military, war, and battle stories, but this book starts at the very beginning of Adam's life, chronicling his intense love, commitment, and drive to accomplish his goals. The story of Adam Brown sees us through the full scale of emotions, but through it all we see an amazing man, driven by love for his family, friends, and God. I have to admit, that this book sucks you in from the beginning. Even though it is essentially a biography of Adam Brown's life, it has all of the suspense, intrigue, and empathetic qualities of a good novel. This book pays amazing tribute to Adam Brown, and proves that not only was he a great father, friend, and an upstanding member of society, but that he was someone we can all look up to - he was a true hero. I would highly recommend this book to anyone - It is an amazing book about an amazing man.
PaulStephenson More than 1 year ago
I missed my opportunity to be a warrior for my country, but Adam Brown inspires me to be a better husband, a better father, and a better patriot. Thank you, Eric, for telling Adam's story. It is a powerful testimony of God's redemptive work in the life of a man who was not perfect, but stayed the course. "Although a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again, but the wicked will be brought down by calamity." - Proverbs 24:16
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW: This book was truly amazing and it's because it is about an amazing man who, against huge odds, became a Navy Seal and protected our country against the evil. I knew when I saw the book that it was going to be a great story, but I was unprepared for the odds that Adam Brown went through to get where he was. Spoiler Alert: I ususally try not to give away too much of the book, but it's hard not to in reviewing this book. If you don't want to know details, please skip down to my recommendation. Adam Brown was a boy who pushed the envelope and I was amazed at some of the high places he decided to jump from! As a Mom, I can just imagine the terror he struck in his mother's heart when he would do these things. One thing everyone in the book commented on was his good heart and his love for others. However, he got caught up with a girl that got him hooked on drugs and suddenly, Adam had a monkey on his back. He got clean, had a family friend vouche for him, and went into the Navy. His goal was to be a Navy Seal and, against a lot of odds, he did just that! He was injured severely several times, but instead of taking disability, he kept on keeping on. His tenacity was so inspiring!! Unfortunately, Adam died serving his country by flushing out a terrorist cell. I can't tell you how many tears flowed down my cheeks while reading this. Recommendation: I highly recommend this book! It shows what our brave men and women go through to protect our country. It also shows what their families go through while their loved ones serve. I also loved how Adam's Christian faith was always at the forefront of his life. I had a hard time putting this book down because it was such a great story and well written. Fearless was inspiring, funny, and heart-wrenching. Do get a copy and read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever. It truly tells of the love of God and hoe God used him to save so many lives while being a deadly killer in war. Giving shoes out to the children who had none in the war ridden proidences of Afganistan. A real man of courage and such strong values.
StephanieN More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the life story of this Navy Seal. It is amazing what God can do when He changes a life. What this man did for our country is truly commendable. As far as reading this book goes, it was not my favorite. I kept finding myself wanting to hurry and get through it so that I could read another book. I believe most of my lack of enjoyment came from the amount of military terms in the book. I believe this would be a very enjoyable read for someone who has had experience in the military themselves, or has had a family member in the military.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have already recommended this book to my friends. The book is written so that it just keeps flowing as you read it. You don't want to put it down. What a remarkable story and to know that it is true! This book helped me understand a little more what our service men and women go through and why they are willing to sacrifice all that they do. I also appreciate that the Brown family was willing to share their family story so others can be inspired and realize what is truly important in life. It touched my heart in so many ways reading his story and it made me realize there are so many deserving heros in our land that we don't even know about. I think it was very well written and handled all sensitive areas extremely well.
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
When I read about this book from the author that email that was sent to me. I was like yes I want read about this. I really did enjoy it. It about the life of a Navy Seal named Adam Brown. It take you though this live from when He was born to when he died. The story starts out with an interview kind of setting. Though it goes though from How his parents meet and then and it goes though focus on Adam life. I really is a good read. It got to my emotions a bit twice though out the book. There are somethings that Adam does that are strange but also some really bad things. You will be surpirese to see where he end up being. It quite amazing at what he was able to to do and fight though to get there. If you want a good read and Non Fiction book this is a good one to pick up and read. It read though this family and teammates and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for sharing this story of an American hero, very well written. A must read for all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book moves a bit slow in the beginning as it is an account of just how messed up Adam Brown's life had become. The constant and continuous relapsing into drug use was a bit monotonous and has the average reader screaming, "alright already!, we get it, he's messed up, move on to the redemption stuff!". Once you get to the turning point in his life and the training he, and every other special operator, had to endure, one is left with a question; how could somebody seemingly so uncoordinated and reckless, albeit gung ho, make it into a brotherhood of individuals who count on each other not to be uncoordinated and reckless? The authors account of Adam Brown's training, his mishaps (stabbing himself between the eyes) and his obvious disregard for his own safety make this an interesting story of a very human individual who, against seemingly insurmountable odds, had an amazing drive and character that propelled him to the highest levels of the spec ops community and have him regarded with tremendous respect amongst the relatively small band of quiet professionals that Adam Brown operated with. The story is very human with a bit too much bible thumping, in my opinion, but beyond that this story had me balling like a baby at the end and thankful for men like Adam Brown and his teammates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about a true hero. Not justfor his military service but because of his past demons he had to get through
hardcharger More than 1 year ago
A MUST read if you are at all interested in the Military in general and the SEALs specifically. I think this is one of the finest books about special operators written. There is nothing special about me, I was a regular Hospital Corpsman serving with the First Mar Div in the Gulf War. But I know the truth when I read it. Rather than the other good books out there re the Teams. This is a story of courage, hitting bottom in life multiple times. Getting back up and struggling until one reacheds the top of the summit. (dont want to give too much away). It is inspiring to read how this man became fearless. In reading this I now understand why personally I am fearless....one of those people who runs to gunfire etc. The last portions of the book had me frikkin sobbing as I know why the Good Lord kept me alive today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the absolute best book I have read so worth it such an inspiration. Wish there were more stars
Anonymous 5 months ago
A must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put the book down. Have read many books about seals but this one tops them all!!!! Adam Brown is a inspiration to us all!!!!!
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While Fighting his own personal demons he was fighting another set of demons to protect our way of life. Great story.
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