Before I wrote the first book in the Always series, I read a couple of non-fiction Navy SEAL accounts to gain an insight into the psyche of the planet’s greatest warriors. When we watch them in movies or television you’d think that was all Hollywood exaggeration depicting how strong and unbreakable these soldiers are. Little did I know that when it comes to the SEALs, they are nothing short but real-life superheroes.
I read Lone Survivor and watched the movie as well. It was hard. The four SEALs were outgunned and outnumbered against dozens of Taliban fighters. Riddled with bullets, and suffering from numerous fractures, their mental toughness and never-say-die spirit still took down a chunk of the enemy forces.
However it was the book FEARLESS that left an indelible mark on me. It was about the life of DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6) operator Adam Brown. He passed the SEAL Team 6 selection process one-handed and with one eye (separate incidents injured his eye and gun hand—he had to relearn to shoot with his left hand). His struggle climbing out from hitting rock bottom because of drug abuse into becoming one of the most legendary operators of DEVGRU was amazing. I always wondered how a SEAL can transform from deadly warrior to loving father and this book gave me that.
My thanks to all the men in uniform, past and present, for their service to this country. Our freedom wouldn’t be possible without their sacrifices.
Here’s an excerpt in Times about the book … Note the phrase “Naked but covered in bubbles.” 🙂
During my interview with Heath Robinson, another teammate of Adam Brown’s, I asked “How do you do it?” referring to how they transition from lethal missions—shooting and killing people—and then coming back home, sometimes just hours later. Heath answered using his friend’s horses as an analogy. “His wife and daughter have horses,” said Heath. “Nothing makes [them] happier. Well, horses are dirty animals, every weekend he puts on his waders, goes in the barn, and shovels the manure…the dirty hay…their piss. It’s not a good job, it’s miserable, but somebody has to shovel the shit so the family can enjoy what they have.”
Kelley Brown, Adam’s wife, recalled the one time she saw “that side” of her husband. He had just returned home and was relaxing in a bubble bath when a very unlucky burglar attempted to break into their house. Adam, naked but covered in bubbles, flew out of the tub and the look in his eyes was someone she did not recognize. Moments later, the intruder bolted in fear and Adam returned to being her loving husband and the adoring father of their two young children.