Inspiring story of a good man who turned his life around after wandering down the wrong path
Listened to "The Black Count", both performances were very good, easy to listen to and very clear.
A Must Listen
The interactions between Adam and his wife and children.
Wonderful, protrayed all the raw emotions in a way you could feel them.
Oh Yea ! Lost some sleep to listen to this one.
If you know someone fighting demons especially drugs get this in to their hands. I think it could be a game changer.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect in this book, but it is one of the best I have read and presents the story of a man who was not afraid of anything except failure and the struggles he had after a bad turn in HS turned him into a crack addict. Adam Brown overcame this trouble and ended up being an inspiration to many of his fellow Seals who overcame the loss of an eye to become both a Seal sniper and Seal Team 6 member. Highly recommended.
I am so thankful a friend of mine referred me to this book. I was challenged and inspired at many levels -- as a Christian, a man, a husband, a father, and an American. I am so thankful for Adam's life. He did not die in vain. More than once I was listening to the book while running and tearing up because of how moving it was. Eric Blehm did such a great job. His commitment and skill to simply "tell the story" is exemplary. I'm also glad Paul Michael read it. I've purchased multiple copies and have been recommending it and giving it away.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in real life sacrifice and triumph.
The personal interviews with friends and teammates were my favorite part
The funeral was the most memorable.
I absolutely loved learning the details of Adam Brown's life that I had never heard in news reports. I had NO idea of the troubles and difficulties he experienced early in his life. In my eyes, it puts his service into a different perspective and makes his dedication even more deserving of respect. There were many things making up his character, but perhaps the largest part of him was his unshakable faith. Without that faith, this would be a completely different story.
The descriptions of different moments during his Navy career are all obvious choices. But, what I will remember most is how his teammates were drawn to Hot Springs after his death, to experience this place that he loved so much. From the rope swing under the Hwy 70 bridge, to his home, to his grave.
Most people, even most operators, might have found themselves thinking they were 'done' after losing an eye in a training accident. Not, Adam Brown. The fact that he almost took it in stride ("well, I got dinged") and just kept moving forward. When he was seen as a liability, he changed everything about how operated until he was again an asset to his team. That, to me, took an amazing amount of determination and dedication. I don't feel as if he ever even considered that he might not be able to fight on. There's a huge lesson in that for all of us.
I am from Little Rock, Arkansas. Just a short 45 minute drive from Adam Brown's beloved Hot Springs. Even though I had heard of his death in Afghanistan and remember the days afterwards when the entire state seemed to shut down in order to pay respect to our fallen warrior, I had NO idea of the man that Adam Brown really was. I doubt there is anyone that couldn't take lessons from his story. By the way, his "put a bubble over Arkansas and we'd be just fine" theory is 100% accurate. This is a special place - and even more so for producing a man like Adam Brown.
The story detailing Adams life was incredible.
Not used different voices for women.
This is not a Detailed Seal Op Book. This is the story of a true American Hero!
This is likely one of the most inspirational books ever. Adam Brown is a true legacy that through his trials and tribulations that will impact thousands of lives via his story. When the going get tough, this man buckles down and excels at everything ever tossed his way, which is both good and bad. It is a shame that we don't expand more on faith as part of the education system here in USA as this story clearly displays the impact faith can have on one's life.
When Adam overcame his "disabilities" to become one of the best CQB ops and Snipers in the world.
For sure, until the end, while you knew what was coming it was truly heart wrenching to hear it played out. God Bless Adam and his survivors, thanks for your service.
The is a story of a true super-hero. From beginning to end this book touches on every emotion. I have enjoyed many of the latest batch of military books (Lone Survivor, American Sniper, etc.). This one is the best! I actually started to listen to it again to pick up on parts that I may have missed. You witness a man rising to the pinnacle of the military special forces only after crawling from the depths of drug addiction and despair. Like the other reviews, I am starting to sound like this book is only about Mr. Brown's personal life and struggles. Don't worry, there is lots of SEAL team background and action! You will not believe how hard this guy worked to stay on top. Just one example: Losing an eye and fingers and having to teach himself to shoot with his weak hand/eye. Unbelievable! This is one book that could easily be transitioned to a fantastic movie.
I thank Mr. Brown for his heroic service to our country. My deepest sympathies to his wife and children.