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.

The book touched me personally and caused me to reflect on my own journey into the SEAL Teams.  I was kicked out of the house at age sixteen, the “house” in my case was a 47′ sailboat in the South Pacific. I found my way home back to California where I worked and lived on a charter dive boat until joining the Navy.  I’d grown up working on this boat since I was twelve. It was a great experience diving and surfing the remote islands off the California coast, but back at the harbor I had friends off the boat that were graduating from marijuana to heavier drugs, like Crystal Meth. My friends that I used to sail the harbor with (we had Sabots) and surf before and after school transformed themselves into junkies before my eyes. It scared the hell out of me.

I knew I had to get out of that environment and fear of turning into them is what nudged me to join the Navy and to be a Navy SEAL. I’ve seen the Hell of addiction and how it destroys good people. The fact that Adam overcame his addiction is a testament to himself, his family and loving wife.  I’ve had my own struggles and obstacles in life but nothing like what Adam faced and overcame.