Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Fearless by Eric Blehm
The subtitle, "The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown," makes it clear this is a biography of a man who was admired by his peers. Brown's story is unique for several reasons. He lost his dominant right eye in training and still became a sniper using his left side. He also nearly lost the fingers of his right hand. Brown was known for mentoring new guys instead of hazing them and giving hundreds of shoes to Afghan children. But what makes this book an inspiring read has little to do with Brown's membership in an elite military unit. Incredibly, Adam Brown reached the top tier SEAL unit after years of hard core drug addiction as a civilian. The book details how he was able to overcome a destructive life to become a selfless teammate and family man. In a sad postscript, several of Brown's teammates who paid tribute to him in the book were killed before it was published when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in 2011.