Monday, February 18

Fearless by Eric Blehm

The SEALS are the United States’ elite military force. Those who enlist undergo intense training for their missions. SEAL Team SIX especially has received much attention after the raid which resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. But that is not their only story.

Adam Brown was a member of SEAL Team SIX before the raid. He grew up as a young boy in Arkansas and was a person who never backed down. He’s the kid who jumped off of roofs and who jumped off a bridge from a moving vehicle as a teenager. Adam was also the kid who refused to take off his life vest when boating with friends because he promised his parents he wouldn’t. Loyalty was something Adam held close. But, as he grew older, that loyalty began to be overshadowed by darkness. He fell into the wrong crowd and his life spiraled in addiction, and then to jail.

But this was not the end of the story. With help and encouragement, he began to heal, and he set his sights on the Navy SEALs. Adam’s time in the SEALs is nothing short of amazing. He stood courageous in the face of many difficulties when others would give up.

Fearless is the sort of book that looked easy to gloss over. At first I thought it was an attempt to capitalize on news reports of SEAL Team SIX. While the coverage probably will draw interest to Fearless, this story stands on his own. Adam’s story is at times harrowing and at other times funny and thoughtful. Eric Blehm does not gloss over the troubles in Adam’s life, and this makes the triumphs all the more wonderful and it makes the sorrows even more heartbreaking.

4/5 stars

I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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