Eric Blehm’s Fearless is one of the best books I have ever read. Fearless is a biography written about Adam Brown, a SEAL Team Six operator who died in battle while trying to save his teammates. From start to finish, it is an amazing story filled with accounts of courage, bravery, personal struggles, redemption, and sacrifice. Adam Brown was quite simply an amazing human being; he overcame so much to be the best of the best.
The book begins with Adam’s early life as a carefree daredevil, jumping off bridges and standing up for his siblings. Unlike most books you will read about SOF guys, Adam’s story takes a turn into drug addiction. He became a thief and a liar to feed his addiction. After time in prison, followed by rehab, Adam met his future wife, Kelley, and his life took an upward turn. With help from a family friend, he joined the Navy. I do not want to give too much of the story away, but Adam’s journey still involved a hell of a lot more obstacles on his way to being the best of the best as an operator in SEAL Team Six.
All these obstacles that Adam faced make the story all the more remarkable and humbling. Throughout the book, I could not help but be in awe of his generosity and constant will to do good for others. The part where Adam gets shoes sent to the Afghan children so they don’t have to wear sandals in winter is particularly touching, and sums up the type of guy Adam Brown was. He comes across as the type of guy everybody liked and respected, which is not easy to achieve in any military.
He was a devoted father, husband, and son, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his teammates. The last few chapters of the book were particularly poignant, and I challenge anybody who reads it to not shed a tear. From start to finish, Fearless is an amazing story of a real American hero, and you will not be able to put it down.