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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ECPA BESTSELLER, GOLD AWARD—Over 500,000 copies sold! 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 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.
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Captain Van Hooser pinning Adam with his Trident minutes after the three-and-a-half-mile swim.
Adam was seated in the front right seat of this Humvee when it was involved in an accident on the road to Kandahar.
Adam’s hand looking remarkably good with his fingers reattached.
Newlyweds Adam and Kelley, during the period Adam was training for boot camp.
Adam’s daily workout included throwing Nathan into orbit.
Before Adam deployed for his final rotation in Afghanistan, Kelley asked a gate guard at the base to snap this family photo.
New York Times bestseller
Praise for Fearless
“As a rule, we don’t endorse books or movies or anything regarding the command where I work—and Adam Brown worked—but as the author writes in Fearless, ‘you have to know the rules, so you know when to bend or break them.’ This is one of those times. Read this book. Period. It succeeds where all the others have failed.”
—Anonymous SEAL Team SIX Operator
“Adam Brown’s zest for life led him down a few dark alleys and more than one dead end. Kind-hearted and wild, Adam led a life that lacked direction. God, a woman, and the U.S. Navy gave it to him. Fearless is a love story...several love stories: a man for his woman, a warrior for his team, parents for kids, and soldiers for their country. There is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for his friends. Be warned—reading Fearless will change the way you see the world.”
—Stu Weber, veteran Green Beret, pastor, and author of Tender Warrior
“When people know they are going to die, often their one regret is that they didn’t say ‘I love you’ enough. Adam Brown never had to worry. His life was about love: love of God, family, friends, country, his fellow SEALs, and the Afghan children who worshipped him. In his latest book, Fearless, Eric Blehm does a marvelous and moving job uncovering the man—the men—beneath the SEAL mythology of elite, rock-hard warriors, renowned for their courage and skill. The SEALs in Fearless hug their children, seek comfort from their wives, wear Batman briefs, answer to names like Big Bird and Fozzy, mourn lost buddies, and risk their lives to rescue civilians from the field of fire. This is a stirring, revelatory, heartbreaking story.”
—James Campbell, author of The Last Frontiersman and Ghost Mountain Boys
“This is not another SEAL book about ego; this is a powerful book about perseverance that will absolutely inspire everybody. Adam was a warrior in the truest sense—courageous, compassionate, intrepid, and humble. And his dedication to God, country, family, and the Brotherhood was genuine and exceptional. This book will motivate you to challenge yourself to be…fearless.”
—SEAL teammate of Adam Brown, BUD/S Class 226
“There is a quote from the Bible etched onto the memorial that stands in the shadow of World Trade Center steel that resembles a massive trident: ‘Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”’ That was Adam Brown. Fearless is a clear and deeply honest portrait of an authentic American man who lived and loved with an intrepid personal velocity. For most of us, the failures and disappointments in life take their toll. Not for Adam Brown. He vanquished all life’s heartbreaks with faith, humility, and hard work. His commitment to his family and his friends helped forge Adam Brown into the rarest of warriors. Long live the Brotherhood.”
—Kurt Johnstad, screenwriter, Act of Valor and 300
“Fearless stands unique among works of modern combat literature through author Eric Blehm’s masterful weaving of a fallen Navy SEAL’s professional war-fighting life with his complex personal victories and travails. Rich in detail and captivating in its honesty, you won’t put Fearless down once you read the first page. Read it and prepare to learn a whole new world of life as a Navy SEAL.”
—Ed Darack, author of Victory Point
"Fearless is a vivid account of one man's journey from all-American boy to all-American hero. Blehm's writing takes you beyond the battlefield and right to the heart of the personal battles, sacrifices, and triumphs of one of America's elite warriors. Anyone looking for an inspiring story of inner strength and courage will be richly rewarded by this book."
—Eric Greitens- Former Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author of The Heart and the Fist
"Be prepared for the full range of emotions as the true adventures of a real American hero demonstrate that 'with God, all things are possible.'"
—U.S. Navy Chaplain Timothy Libertay
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 author's 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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B006ZAZ31U
- Publisher : WaterBrook; 1st edition (May 22, 2012)
- Publication date : May 22, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 7318 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,312 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He died doing what he most loved-saving his brother soldiers-and America is the luckier for having troopers such as Aaron Brown in their midst. Get this book and read it!
Adam’s story of triumph and patriotism is unmatched. I am so thankful that we have men and women that answer the call to protect our country. And few are as special as Adam Brown.
Considering Adam’s family, especially his wife and children, I want to say that they serve as well. I have spent a lot of time away from my wife and kids as a result of my service. Although, I’m never in harms way like a SEAL. But it’s easy to forget those who are left at home. This book helped show the importance of the family that a service member leaves at home. That was, surprisingly, one of my favorite things about this book - that it highlights the struggles of a mother and her children while daddy is away fighting for their freedom. It’s beautiful and tragic at the same time.
Adam’s faith renewed my own. I have been a Christian for many years, but my duties as a Sailor have consumed so much of me that I get off track. This book helped show me that a man can serve both the country and the Lord.
Today, I will kiss my wife a little longer. I will hug my kids a little tighter. And I will pray a little deeper. All because of one man who showed me, in his sacrifice, that I can play my role for America and be a family man that loves Jesus, at the same time.
Great book. Great man. I highly recommend anyone who loves America to read this.
A wonderful tribute to a great man and his family, to a great love story, and to the awesome men he served with.
It left me feeling pretty unaccomplished compared with everything he did. And I was a Green Beret in VN and have lived a full life.
Thank you, Eric, for telling Adam Brown's story. And thanks to his wife, family, and team mates for their openness in making the story complete.
And thank you for not leaving God out.
I stand in awe!
A person should never give up, no matter what the circumstances. Fearless by Eric Blehm is a true story about a man named Adam Brown who never gave up. Reading this book has inspired me to always give my best. Adam’s family motto in the book is, “You gotta do what you gotta do, and when you’re done, you’ll be stronger” (12).
Fearless starts out with a young man named Adam who lives in Arkansas. He was always small, but he never let that stop him from doing something no matter what it was. He found some things that messed up his life, but he would soon find that they actually help his journey through life. He joined the Navy and became a Seal overcoming all odds. He had done more than proven himself worthy. Adam ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice fighting for his country.
Personally, I liked the writing story of Eric Blehm and the detail he brought into the book by giving information about Adam’s daily life and where he grew up and lived later in life. Eric put some very small details in the book, but not so much that they made the story boring. I was always wondering what would happen next and it really grabbed my attention throughout the book. His choice of words and sentence structure flowed really well and the book never once got boring to me. I would definitely read another book from Eric Blehm.
This novel exceeded my expectations and really captured my attention. It is easy to tell that Eric Blehm put in a lot of research and time in this novel. Everything he put in the book actually happened to Adam Brown during his life and even after. The information never had repetition throughout the book. The novel was clean and well written throughout the whole thing.
Eric Blehm’s tone changed throughout the book because there are very different scenarios and stages in Adam Brown’s life. His tone would either be exciting or calm. It would be exciting when Adam was in battle and calm when he was home with his family. The author’s tone helped my reading experience by keeping my attention on the story the whole time. It never got in a rut of the same kind of tone. I believe that most males would find this book appealing and that most people serving in the military would as well.