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 US 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 US 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.
- Very good
It is very good, I enjoyed the story a lot. Thank you Brown family for your sacrifice
- Amazing Heart-wrenching Story!
This book walks you through Adam's life from a young boy growing up in Arkansas, to hitting rough times with addiction, to amazing determination as a SEAL. The focus Adam had once he knew God is amazing.
I found the SEAL training/missions to be the most interesting parts of the book. What sheer determination these men have. And even through everything Adam went through, still having that determination seems impossible!
I've finished the book almost two weeks ago and still I think about it everyday. It's a MUST READ!
- Great and powerful story
Well worth the time spend reading/listening to this biography of Adam Brown.
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- Outstanding Book! Outstanding Author!
Best book I have listened to in a long time! I'm a Molly the Owl follower (MOD) so heard about this book that way... and I am so thrilled to find that this is a fantastic Christian book! Eric, I'm totally in awe!!! <3 (©v©) Watchnover 8-)
- An inspiring rendition of how a young man salvaged his life from being on the rocks to that of a courageous leader in one of the world's elite organizations. I would urge evry young person to read it and have the opportunity to be inspired by the message
The author and reader both did an awesome job with the story. While the content and theme may not be for everyone, there was a clear message presented that would serve every reader well in helping them to understand what makes a person complete. Adam was a strong person as a young man but he was uncomfortable with himself despite his success. He was missing something valuable. He tried to destroy himself with the drug experience, however that was not to be because of his parent's and Kelley's love for him. Not to be overlooked is God's relationship to all the principals in the story. Adam weathered the dark experience essentially because of his family's (+Kelley) support and their persistent faith in what God can/will do when we stay true to his instructions. God indulged Adam on his early journey (by being patient with him) with drugs and as Adam emerged from that experience I believe God endowed Adam with the strength and will to persevere through any challenge he faced and develop into a man of courage and great character. As a veteran of naval service during the Vietnam era and now nearing retirement after 44 years of law enforcement service, I can easily relate to this story and am inspired by it's message. I have encouraged my three sons to listen so they too can appreciate what the Adam Brown meant to his family, friends and country. In the end as his life passed from his body he learned God was sending him onto a new mission. It seems Adam prepared his family for his early departure, leaving them strong and courageous. God bless them for all they have endured and in the future.
- Heroic transformation of a fallen man in a fallen world.
I am not an American..I am an Aussie, so American patriotism and geography are not my strong suit. It took me a few chapters to get into the book and it was quite long. There was a lot of detail provided about Adam's achievements that I just let wash over me because it was too much detail. I liked the narrator's voice...but his attempt at female voices did not work for me.
That all said, I did enjoy this book from the point of view of celebrating someone who turned their life around so dramatically. Though I knew the outcome, by the time of his last deployment my heart was in my throat just aching for him to pull through.
I shrugged off the female voices, intricate detail and American patriotism that glorified killing etc. I focussed on Adam's transformation and the witness of his growing integrity. However if you are one to always read critically you may struggle with aspects of this book and it's reading.
- Honor and Dignity
I've never been in the military, but I highly value and respect our military personnel. Unfortunately, the left-wing liberal "drive by" media usually limits their news coverage to sensational stories of injustices, cowardice and body counts. Here is a story of a true military hero, one that understands meaning of human dignity in time of war.
I noticed a complaint about the language. There were less than ten profanities in the 10.5 hour audiobook. Although the writer is not a Christian, he treated the spiritual context with great thoughtfulness, consideration and honesty. Eric Blehm does not shy away one bit from exploring the faith of Adam Brown and the spiritual imprint he left upon those close to him. He chronicles his spiritual journey, which included time at Teen Challenge and his ongoing struggle with addiction. I found it interesting that he mentions one of his friends having been to a Christian commune in Switzerland, La Bri, no doubt.
This is clearly a book that can be shelved with Christian inspiration as well as Guns and Ammo fans. Well written and well read. Highly recommended.
- Narration suits the text well
'Michael’s resonant baritone and Midwestern twang suit the text well.'
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- GOOD READ!!!!!!!!!
I thought it was a picture of God's grace. I also like the fact that it was written by what i assume is a non evangelical about and evangelical. There is very little christianese talk in it which is so prevalent in other christian biographies. It a great book for evangelism to non christians. Especially non christian males. Adam was stud!
- Inspiring Book
This is a very inspiring book that is well narrated by Paul Michael. Don't plan on it being a highly theological book with very carefully articulated doctrinal points. The author is not a Christian (at least wasn't when he wrote the book).
As for the cursing...I was surprised to see that mentioned by one of the commentators. I hardly noticed any...especially since this is a book about a junkie who becomes a Navy Seal. I know there is some, but from what I can remember it is relatively tame and infrequent given the subject matter.
- A Godly Warrior
This book has become one of my favorite books. For a guy, listening to a book about a real hero really hits a masculine hot button. I'm sure that other men will relate to many of the feelings and to varying degrees to the experiences that Adam Brown experienced during his path through life.
Most of us have temptations and sin in our lives and we all have varying success in resisting those temptations. Adam was man enough to tell his family that he wanted his whole story to be told. He wanted the low parts of his life and the unwise decisions to be told along with the good times should he not come back from the conflicts.
It was very interesting to hear stories of the extreme level of training that he and his fellow Seals experience. It takes an incredible person to endure this training. Adam's tenacity was obvious in the extreme while he fought through physical impediments to his goal of becoming part of Seal Team SIX.
Adam's compassion for others was evident in his acts of kindness to the kids that he saw while over in the war zones. After hearing about bad things that some of our soldiers have done which have been unfairly emphasized by the press, I was pleasantly surprised and proud of the rules of engagement which called for women and children to be removed from the middle of the violent action even at the peril of the team that was engaged with the enemy.
Paul Michael does a wonderful job of narrating the book. You really get the feeling that he was part of the action.
Although most know the path that the book is to take, it hits very hard to listen to the life of Adam Brown unfold. We are used to the great ending at the end. Adam's life has indeed come to a great ending. It just is a different ending than you see in the movies.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an inside look at the inner and outer battles that our brave fighting men and women endure when they agree to defend our freedoms.
I received this audio book free from http://christianaudio.com Reviewers Program in exchange for posting a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Rough language
There was too much cursing in this book especially since it is being promoted in the Christian genre.
- Fearless to a Fault
I was given this book by Christianaudio.com in exchange for my honest review. I have a great website about Adam you should go check out, which you will find in my review below.
I am really on the fence over this book. Personally I did not care for the book at all, and it took everything I had in me to finish it. In fact I had a deadline for this review back in May and sadly just couldn't make it on time.
The writing by this author was not very good at all. There was so much information given, sometimes just thrown in randomly, that my head would spin. This would be highly technical information and abbreviations only someone in the military would know or could relate to. (did we really need to know every one of these details to get the basic idea of the story?) If it was a print book I would have had to flip back numerous times just to set the story straight. However, I was listening to a digital recording so that proved to be not very easy. (You should never have to do this if a book is well written.) Many times the story would be rolling along and then in an instant change to something entirely different. Once they were at a funeral rattling off the many accomplishments of the deceased, I think it was Adams funeral actually, and the story stops abruptly mid sentence and goes into Kelly's dialogue. Another time Kelly was getting ready to meet Adams plane in Delaware, and all of a sudden she is in Virginia, or was it Arkansas, with her family. Somehow she got from Delaware to Arkansas with a brief stop in Virginia awfully fast and without any explanation. One minute they were at the funeral, the next they were staring at a vacant piece of land, and then building a house on it. There were so many other instances of this happening all throughout the book from the beginning forward, I couldn't keep track of them all. Characters were introduced at a rapid pace as well and then you would find them popping up later on in the story after completely forgetting about them.
I also got the feeling that Adam was a saint and no other human or SEAL could ever match his accomplishments. Every SEAL goes through the same training. They are the best of the best we are constantly told. So it would seem to me that his grand feats of skill and accomplishments are not unique to only him. But yet we are constantly told how great this man was, and there was no one else on earth like him. Well, that may be true, but there are many people who have accomplished huge things after being addicted to drugs. I felt this book minimizes the accomplishments of so many others who may have come just as far, if not farther. The book also minimizes everything his entire family and friends did for him, and makes them just side characters to "his" story. (yes, I know it IS his story, but the people in his life that affected him the most should not be minimized)
This story moves along very slowly while focusing on his usage of drugs. I quickly grew tired of hearing about the many times he returned to the drug after saying "It won't happen again". He was so determined and strong willed about everything in his life, but yet he couldn't handle the demons calling his name. For a person to be this strong willed and driven I find it hard to believe he would give in so easily. (yes, I know drugs can do that, but the book is pounding his greatness into our heads quite hard that it makes him sound like he should be able to lick the habit instantly)
By the last few chapters I was literally in tears. It is sad to hear how his death went down, and there is room to second guess whether what he did was necessary, or if his death could have perhaps been unavoidable. Was his decision to do what he did made too quickly? And how about all of the soldiers who attempted to save his life? Their story was played down, but they were true heroes too.
Finally, I would like to say that the narrator does a huge disservice to the characters. He speaks well most of the time, but when a female voice came in to play, he was terrible! He gives Adam's mother, sister, and wife a southern drawl like you would not believe. I knew this sounded terrible from the first moment he read their dialogue. I thought to myself "this cannot be how they really sound"! And sure enough, I found an awesome website with an interview video of his friends and family. His mother, sister, and wife DID NOT speak with a heavy southern drawl at all. In fact, they sounded perfectly normal with barely a hint of an Arkansas accent. He gave the women very quiet voices as well, almost a whisper at times. But the most bothersome was the way he read Kelly's thoughts and words. If you watch these video clips you will hear that she comes across much differently, and she would not have said the things in this book the way the narrator reads them. He just really had the female characters all wrong. I believe for Adam, on the other hand, he probably nailed it.
Please check out this website if amazon will let me print it here: http://burnpit.us/2011/09/patriot-profile-adam-brown or you can go to burn pit dot us and put Adam Brown in the search box. It's not one to miss.
Being a tough guy, military story, you can expect there to be some language, although coming from a Christian company it did catch me by surprise when I first heard it. There are quite a few "effing", F-you or somthing like that which are never spoken fully, but said just as I have written it. There are a few Sh!ts or B!tches (I can't remember which one it is now) which are spoken in full.
In the end I am left thinking this guy was the perfect guy, who was the perfect Christian, had the perfect life, the perfect wife, the perfect family, the perfect SEAL team, the perfect childhood, the perfect attitude, the perfect death, the perfect EVERYTHING. He can do no wrong. HE was perfect, and everything he did or touched was perfect. We can only begin to dream to be as worthy, but will fall disgracefully short, and that is how the book will make you feel. Unfortunately the book also makes him out to be a real jerk too.
- Great Story!
I recently listened to Fearless by author Eric Blehm for the christianaudio Reviewers Program (http://christianaudio.com).
What a fabulous book! Author Eric Blehm did a fabulous job in the construction of the life story of Adam Brown, of Seal Team Six, who lost his life fighting for our freedom. Far from the typical plotline found in many books of like genre, the author takes the reader down roads and into areas that would not be expected in the life of one of America’s great heroes. The message of the book is inspirational and exhilarating. It gives incredible hope for the seemingly lost cases in life.
Eric Blehm conveyed not only the human and natural side of this elite Navy seal but also walked one through the process that this man was engaged in while he shifting between interacting with his family, and fulfilling his position as an elite fighter for our country. It is a book with a lot of heart and soul packed tightly into an emotional plotline.
Paul Michael, the narrator, did a great job. His “rougher voice” seemed to add to the experience of listening to this book, and helped create the mental atmosphere of rugged and military terrain.
I was a little surprised to come across swearing and inappropriate language in this book, being that it is marketed in the Christian genre. The language is definitely not what one would expect out of a Christian book, and I believe nothing beneficial would have been lost if it would have been left out.
Overall, this is a mind-stretching and insightful book, the message of which is desperately needed today.
- A fitting epitaph for a very human man who showed true fortitude.
First off let me say that I'm not an American so the US Navy Seals don't hold the same level of Hero worship for me as they might for others, but nevertheless this was a really interesting listen of one mans journey to becoming a hero, and not just through the sacrifice of his life in service to his country.
What is so important in this story though is that Adam Brown is not immediately whitewashed but rather is portrayed as a very human person who through his own self determination, and that of his family and friends, fought his way from drugs and foolishness into the seals and into the realms of loyalty, honour and conviction through hard work and selfless determination and through his faith commitment too.
It's a story of mistakes and hardship, of having it all and losing it, just to find it again and then make good on it.
It's the story of a hero with a heart and it's a fitting epitaph for a man willing to sacrifice all for his family, his faith and his service.
On the whole the story is well told, the author has written a well researched and interesting book with lots of imput from those that really knew him.
In terms of the Audio Book edition, the narrators voice is for the most part easy to listen to, with good pacing and clear diction.
However when it comes to the womens voices it then degenerates into annoying insipidness and mimicry!
The women he is talking for are strong women, women of real fortitude and moral fibre, women who stand up to, and with, Adam Brown and yet when the narrator speaks for them he turns them into insipid and simpering females due to the way he voices them.
This is a real shame and really detracted from the story for me.
However that aside and despite it, this audio book was well worth the listen, and I feel priviliged to have heard the story of Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Brown.
Due to the narrators jarring reading of the female voices in this audio I feel I can only give this edition 3/5 stars, although the authors work itself is worth 4/5 stars.
I recieved a copy of this audio book as part of the christianaudio.com review program. This has not influenced my review in anyway and this review is entirely based upon my own reaction and impressions from listening to this AudioBook.
- Professionally Produced, Narratian Average, Content of Book Difficult to Transition to Audio
The book’s primary emphasis is on Adam’s life and marriage as a Navy SEAL although his entire life is covered. Adam’s death would come several months before SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden. Eric Blehm traveled from coast to coast to interview the men of SEAL Team 6 Adam trained with, deployed in combat and socialized with.
Blem’s meticulous, comprehensive research is exemplary. The information Adam’s fellow SEALs were able to provide about training exercises and SEAL deployments is remarkable and the book reflects this. The last operation leading up to and including Adam’s death is as detailed and thorough as it could have been.
Michael’s narration is clear and well-paced albeit undistinguished and the quality of the audio is professional. There is some profanity as one would expect within a group of NAVY Seals though it is on the periphery and not pervasive.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this audio book as part of christianaudio’s review program. I was not required to write a positive review and have been encouraged to give my honest review. These are my own thoughts and opinions.
- This Book Will Rock Your World
Adam Brown's life ended in an isolated military clinic in the mountains of Afghanistan, his body riddled with AK-47 bullet holes from Taliban militia. However, Adam Brown's legacy lives on, described in his biography by author Eric Blehm. The book, Fearless, released today (May 22) is a moving account of the struggles, redemption, and sacrifice of Adam Brown.
Adam Brown was a Navy SEAL operator serving in Afghanistan with the elite DEVGRU team, otherwise known as SEAL Team Six - the group that took out Osama bin Laden. Brown's journey to the top tier of military excellence is the story of a small-town American boy with a penchant for recklessness, an addiction to hard drugs, and a complete lack of fear.
Brown's life was changed when he met Jesus in a grimy Arkansas jail cell. His problems didn't disappear. But his sinful heart was changed, and his life would take a totally different direction.
Fearless chronicles the life of Adam Brown — from humble birth to tragic death. The book tells the story of his wife's courage and persistant love. The book communicates the heroism of SEAL Team Six. The book conveys the pathos of war. Most importantly, Fearless shows how the love of Jesus can change a sinner's heart.
Thoughts on Fearless
- Eric Blehm writes a good biography. He may lack the polish of an Erik Larson (Garden of the Beasts), but his style is simple and compelling. The power of his writing is its research and accuracy. Blehm set out to write a straightforward biography, not a sensational bestseller.
- Adam Brown's life is an inspiration. Ever since I was a kid, I cherished dreams of joining the Marines or Navy SEALs, just to prove to myself that I was powerful and capable. I'm probably not going to be heading into BUDS training, but I appreciated reading about someone who did. Adam Brown was the best of the best (SEAL) of the best (DEVGRU), working against unbelievable opposition and overcoming incredible obstacles to get there.
- Brown wasn't just a meathead and military machine. He was a compassionate humanitarian, a devoted husband and father, and a disciple of Jesus. I appreciated his acts of kindness toward the Afghan children, and his brave witnessing to hardened SEALs.
I'm thankful for our military. While I am not a fan of the ra-ra-beat-em-up-kill-em-all-send-em-to-hell approach to our nation's defense, I do appreciate those who serve in the armed forces. I am especially thankful for those, like Adam Brown, who bring compassion and maturity to their task.
- Most importantly, I marvel at the grace of God. Eric Brown's life, just as it is with anyone who has been redeemed, is a testament to God's infinite love and kindness. I was encouraged to be a channel of this kindness to others, and a faithful witness of his gospel. There are Eric Browns all around us. They need Jesus, not our judgment. They need grace.
- The audio version of the book was decent at best. I had hoped for a better production. The "southern" accents seemed artificial and affected. The narrator seemed to lack pathos and passion.
I encourage you to read Fearless for its dazzling display of God's grace, and its compelling story of sacrifice and courage.
This book review first appeared on the blog www.danielthrelfall.com
- Epic Biography Of An American Hero
Fearless by Eric Blehm is the true story of Adam Brown, a member of Navy SEAL Team SIX, who struggled with drugs as a young adult, found God and turned his life around to the point he was a member of one of the most highly trained teams in the world. It is an incredible journey with many twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
This book has it all from a psycho young man striving to be the best at everything he tried to a drug addict throwing his life away to a Navy SEAL saving lives and taking out evil people. In between these three stages of life are many struggles, injuries and life experiences that are interesting to hear about and at times breath taking to behold.
The best thing about this book is that Adam Brown was not a perfect man but he overcame his troubles to excel in a field that few succeed. He wanted to make sure that his complete story was told, so as to help others who may be struggling with addiction based issues that threatened to wreck his life.
This book does contain some pro-war propaganda and I am not a supporter of the war but it is to be expected as it is a soldier’s perspective of the war. Although I don’t support the war, I have the utmost respect for the soldiers that are over there doing their job and hopefully making the world a better place and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis should not be underestimated.
The narration was quite interesting because the narrator, Paul Michael, attempted to play multiple people including women. I think it would have worked better if a woman did the female voices and he just spoke the male voices but I quite enjoyed the overall effect. I found the narration quite interesting and it helped convey the different opinions of the people central to Adam’s life.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time because it was so interesting and inspiring to see someone who didn’t start out perfect but achieved so much in such a short space of time to become a true hero.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- well-worked but doesn't stand out
Eric Blehm did his research for this book. He traveled across the United States to interview Navy Seal Team 6, the team responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. This book isn't about bin Laden, though. Rather, it is about Chief Special Warfare Operator Adam Brown and the events that surrounded his death in Afghanistan on March 17.
Blehm worked hard to tell of Brown's life mission, utilizing transcripts of interviews combined with retold flashbacks of events prior to his death. Putting together a picture of Brown, Blehm tells the story and accurately shares the important message that needed to be shared.
Michael gives the audio a staunch, gruff narration, sounding like the stereotypical armed forces voice. Slow to medium pace, and slightly monotone, Michael speaks with an organic, smooth flow. Overall, the narration is a good attempt, but unimpressive. The quality of the narration, and work behind this book, is much deserved and appreciated, but this work only scores three stars on the scale. This book, while scoring three stars as well, is better as a print message, not meant for audio retelling.
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