When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn't know he would die that night in a firefight with insurgents in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for his teammates and his country.
In his new book, FEARLESS: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown, award-winning author Eric Blehm tells the powerful, inspirational, and deeply moving story of a dedicated warrior who overcame incredible personal and physical challenges to rise to the elite level of SEAL Team SIX. Blehm conducted extensive face-to-face interviews with Brown's family, friends, and teammates, including more than half a dozen of Brown's SEAL teammates just weeks before they were killed in action in a devastating Chinook crash.
Adam Brown was a country boy from Arkansas, a daredevil with a fierce loyalty to his friends and family. At a loose end after finishing high school in Hot Springs, he fell in with the wrong crowd and became addicted to crack cocaine, an affliction that eventually landed him in jail. His family was devastated but found the strength to help him try to turn his life around. He met a young woman, Kelley, who would become his future wife. Her unwavering love and belief in the man Adam could become drove him to fulfill his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL.
Never the biggest, fastest, or strongest of his peers, Adam persevered through grueling qualifying tests that resulted in injuries - most considered career-enders - including being shot and blinded in one eye and having the fingers of his shooting hand crushed in a Humvee accident in Afghanistan. His determination to beat the odds on the way to the top tier of the U.S. military earned him multiple commendations, including a Bronze Star with a combat "V" for Valor, and the respect of his teammates and commanders who called him "the best of the best - the top one percent of the Naval Special Warfare community."
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 and eliminate 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. Adam Brown's story is one of faith, dedication, courage, and strength - traits that defined his life and the lives of so many of his brethren chronicled in this book.
In the spirit of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken and Marcus Lutrell's Lone Survivor, Blehm has written a benchmark account of the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood, and an unforgettable portrait of a man who was by all accounts FEARLESS. [more...]
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 Last Season is the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and was named by Outside magazine as one of the ten "greatest adventure biographies ever written." Previously, he was the editor of a national outdoor sports magazine and his writing and photography have been published internationally.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
FEARLESS By Eric Blehm
A Searing Portrait of an Unlikely Hero
and Fearless SEAL Team SIX Warrior
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