• by Thom Shea
  • Narrated by Brian Troxell
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A highly decorated Navy SEAL shares stories of his years of combat experience in Afghanistan, providing leadership insights that will shift your view of yourself and provoke life-altering change.
Before leaving for combat in Afghanistan, Navy SEAL Thom Shea promised his wife that he would write to his children in case he didn't make it back. What was initially intended to be a private memoir for his family turned into a powerful set of lessons for anyone striving to perform beyond what they believe possible. Shea's stories, while action-packed and entertaining, provide incredible insights on leadership, family, and excellence.


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Don't let detractors deter you from getting it!

Someone, perhaps even just a single person under several aliases, is trying to smear Thom's good name, in an effort to make him look like a bad person. This can be witnessed in the Amazon reviews of this book.

I watched a talk on YouTube with Thom, and liked his genuine style and way of thinking. To me, he comes across as a soft, well-intentioned guy. Perhaps the smear-campaign is by someone who's a less good guy, somehow being offended by Thom's humane way of relating to his work and colleagues. As you can read in the book, Thom is an honest guy, not afraid of saying he's a sentimental dude who can cry tears, get annoyed by socks crumbling up in his boots during operations, and such.

The book has also gotten some criticism for being poorly edited, lacking flow. I disagree with that. I was reluctant to get the book, as I like well-written, well-edited books as much as any other book aficionado. I'm glad I did get it! It's well-written, well-structured, and one of those books I felt like relistening to, as soon as it ended. For me it was a real page-turner.

It's also unique in how it also features occasional writings by her wife. It's a book not just about being a SEAL, but also living in a relationship, dependency on your partner, supporting each other, as well as an overall theme on being mindful and deliberate about the thoughts you think, and the way you talk to yourself. All stuff right down my alley.

Overall, the content in the book speaks VOLUMES about Thom's sincerity and wamth as a person, with high probability-rate putting my money on Thom rather than those (or that) poor detractor(s) who are trying to put him and this book down.

It's a great book. Not "ze bestes bookz evaz!" but a great book, worthy of your time:)
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- Oliver Nielsen

Listend to it twice!

I listened to this twice in about 30 to 45 days time. I just finished it and could listen again shortly I bet. This is not your normal navy seal book about BUD'S and a few missions. This is basically a diary with heartfelt guidance for his kids that translates to all of us. it's about family and what it takes to be strong and not let your inner voice get you down. Thank you for your service and for sharing this book with us Mr. Shea.
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- Tammy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio