I don’t normally read SEAL books but somehow this one grabbed me. I emailed the author of FEARLESS, Eric Blehm, to talk about a SOFREP radio interview. He agreed but asked if I’d read the book yet. I had to come clean and say, “No I haven’t”. I’ve done radio interviews with hosts who haven’t read my own memoir The Red Circle, and it can sometimes be frustrating. “Well, nothing left to do but read the book”, I said to myself.
It’s a small community and there’s a thin thread that connects us both. I briefly met Adam once at our sniper training facility in Indiana, he was the crazy one-eyed SEAL who had just finished sniper school and taught himself to shoot left-handed. I wasn’t his instructor but I’d heard all about him and what a great attitude and inspiration he was to everyone. At the time I was the west coast Sniper Course Manager and we were in the process of integrating east and west coast courses and consolidating training at the Indiana compound. My fellow cadre had just put him through the course and they had nothing but praise for Adam. Your reputation in the SEAL Teams is everything. There are some guys who have a solid operational reputation but are not liked by all their teammates, this was not Adam. He was among the rare, special breed of men who was liked by all in our community and everyone who ever came into contact with.
These special men are shaped this way by their life experiences and Adam’s life was not an easy one. He struggled with drug addiction and a rap sheet prior to getting into the Navy and ultimately overcoming immense obstacles that lead him into the US Navy SEALs. Lessons we can all learn from.
Fearless is an amazing look into the life of a true American hero and Special Operations warrior. I know his place is secure on the second deck, as is the tradition and it gives me comfort just thinking about it. If you don’t know what “second deck” means it’s where the operators of DEVGRU work, a place historically reserved for warriors and the entrance is lined by Lost Heroes.
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Very favorite book I've ever read...all 3 times.
Though I originally read "Fearless" months ago, his story will never get old. As I reread it I can't help but think about how this book has touched me so much. Adam was truly amazing as is Kelley. I bought it for a friend's son who wants to be a sniper in the military. Blehm is an amazing author. I'm now reading "The Only Thing Worth Dying For."
This book was riveting! This is the reason why I now read Sofrep.com. I had no knowledge of Brandon Webb or such a deep appreciation for those like him until I read about Adam Brown. I thought men like Adam only existed during WWII. He joins the ranks of those WWII heroes and the hope that men like him still exist today
I picked up Lone Survivor about 6 months ago because it was one of my son's favorite books. He's currently in AF tech school and I wanted to be able to share it with him. Lone Survivor is an inspiring story, I can't wait for the movie (But Mark Wahlberg as Marcus? Really?). I am now addicted to the stories of our brave warriors, and, since the media tends to ignore them, feel a duty to read not just the books, but every profile of every person we lose. They need to be remembered. I've also read American Sniper, Fearless, and Oliver North's book that profiles a number of special operators, and just finished Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer. I have been inspired, angry and heartbroken over these stories. Inspired by such dedication to both country and family, angry with the ROE and military bureaucracy (ESPECIALLY in Into the Fire), and heartbroken at the loss of such special men. Don't miss the profiles of Adam Brown at NRA Life of Duty: http://nralifeofduty.tv/#/home/search/adam%20brown Yes, The Red Circle is on my TBR list :)
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Adam was an awesome man, I am so happy they told his story!