Hiding in Plain Sight

My Life and Adventures Protecting Celebrities

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
364 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2021
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Author Biography

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT – My Life & Adventures Protecting Celebrities is my true story of how a boy with a firm purpose behind his dreams, overcame personal obstacles, challenges, sacrifices and injuries to forge a life dedicated to ensuring the safety of others

As a five-year-old, I was like most kids my age, full of energy, dreams and imagination galore. But, unlike other kids as a youngster I had a stated purpose . I told my father that, one-day, like my hero SUPERMAN, “ I want to fly around the world protecting people”. And, well it seems, that’s exactly what I did.

Today, as a former champion power-lifter /strongman, a martial arts hall of famer, and considered one of the world’s most renowned experts in the field of Executive Close Protection I have traveled the world ( 45 countries) , providing protection for top-name personalities in the corporate and entertainment arenas. And now, through my book is my story of “how” I did it. It's my life's journey that will, I'm sure inspire readers everywhere.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Hiding in Plain Sight: My Life and Adventures Protecting Celebrities is a work of non-fiction in the memoir and autobiographical writing sub-genres and was penned by author Thomas LeBrun. The work is intended for the general reading audience and contains stories from the fascinating life of the author, who has specialized in Executive Close Protection for many years and become a world expert on the subject. From his formative years idolizing superheroes to his martial arts training and movement into the lives and protection circuits of some of the world’s most influential people, this is a read that will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what the people in suits and sunglasses really take on when they decide on this career path.

I was fascinated from start to finish by author Thomas LeBrun, who has crafted an engrossing life narrative with plenty of candid explanations, amazing anecdotes, and emotive moments to offer his readers. Whilst it may appear from the initial premise to be quite an attractive and glamourous-sounding tale, the reality that LeBrun unveils during his masterful storytelling uncovers a fascinating world that is nothing like I expected, and all the more intriguing for it. The work balances the practical with the anecdotal perfectly, never overbalancing into either gossip or boring instructional work, and keeps entertainment and candid honesty at its core throughout. Overall, I would highly recommend Hiding in Plain Sight: My Life and Adventures Protecting Celebrities to fans of authentic memoirs of unusual and lesser-known career choices, confident autobiographical writing styles, and for those interested in a protection career everywhere.

Romuald Dzemo

Hiding in Plain Sight: My Life and Adventures Protecting Celebrities by Thomas LeBrun follows the author’s journey as he pursues his childhood dream of becoming Superman. Readers encounter a real person who grew up playing Superman games and collecting Superman comics, with the desire to be like Superman one day. Young LeBrun’s bravery will eventually lead him to make a mistake that lands him in the hospital. He builds himself and his confidence by reading works of writers like Tony Robbins and books by business self-starter gurus Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar. He shares his experiences of training every day, lifting weights and wrestling, to meeting people who played a part in his personal and professional growth. This book is the story of how he became an Advance Man, offering security to top celebrities and important personalities across the globe, fulfilling a dream he has had since childhood.

Hiding in Plain Sight is filled with adventure and, at times, it reads like fiction. The author’s journey takes readers to dangerous places, like the Whitney Houston Concert for a New South Africa Tour, where over 500 firearms were detected and seized from persons seeking to enter the concert grounds. The book captures the imminent danger and the pulsating action to protect the celebrity. Readers follow this author as he serves as an Advance man to people like Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, and many others. Thomas LeBrun’s story is one of courage and a young man’s persistence in following his dream, a story that shows readers how the quality and kind of exposure we have as kids can be the stuff on which we build the heroes of tomorrow. It is well-written, entertaining, and utterly inspiring. It is sprinkled with lessons on personal growth and pursuing dreams.

Vincent Dublado

Thomas LeBrun’s autobiography, Hiding in Plain Sight: My Life and Adventures Protecting Celebrities, shows real-life superb episodes in the life of an Executive Close Protection. LeBrun takes you into a step-by-step story on his early beginnings and how much he had developed both as a person and as a professional. It is a personal story that demonstrates how the seed of a childhood dream, if cultivated with passion and hard work, can grow into something far more than what one expects. As a child, he told his dad that he wanted to fly around the world protecting people like Superman—and fly like the Man of Steel he did. From working as an Advance Man for the three-city Whitney Houston concert tour in South Africa to covering Bill Gates’ business trips, this autobiography showcases LeBrun’s impressive credentials in protecting some of the world’s influential personalities.

Hiding in Plain Sight is a story of a rewarding and fulfilling journey. Writing this autobiography was worth the effort, and it provides the rightful credits where they are due. Thomas LeBrun makes it clear that the path to his success would have not been possible if not for the people in his life who were instrumental in shaping and inspiring him. His experience working as security for Whitney Houston greatly reminds me of the film The Bodyguard, minus the romantic angle. LeBrun keeps his focus on the job. He continues to grow and further adds value to what he does best. Hiding in Plain Sight is a real-life story that is interesting enough to sustain your curiosity to keep reading, and be inspired to work on your own goals in the process.