Call of Duty
As an European I found this story fascinating. A much more interesting story than that of Dakota Meyer, "Into the Fire".
The author's style reminds me of sitting around a campfire and listening to a friend's war stories. They're good stories, with some level of detail, but they are certainly not objective nor highly informative. I found Marcus Luttrell's book a bit more engaging, and Mark Owen's recent book a better narrative--progressing logically from point to point, rather than just moving down a timeline of events. As a Texan, the book is reminiscent of storytellers I've known, and I found the book mostly enjoyable.
Narration was the weakest point of the audiobook. I have no idea whether the narrator is a native Texan, but the accent is overdone. The pace is sloth-like. Listening at 2x speed created a more natural pace, but the accent was distracting throughout.
Overall, I found this to be one of the weaker books from recent military veterans describing their experiences. There are good stories, but they seem to just be collections of good stories tied together by an arbitrary timeline--no central, unified theme stands out.
killing, killing and killing, nothing but killing, no insights, boring
insights of the war
nothing, it is a book only
No Easy Day...similar story
The story as a whole will change the way you look at the sacrifices that members of the military make.
Chris does not become tangled up in Command level decussions, gives you the ground level downrange story.
The story goes back and forth between Chris and his homefront wife whom deals with the stress of deployments, family life, the media bias and the death of team mates. Caused a discussion between my wife and I and her feeling of dealing with similar issues
I had never asked her about.
The Team holds mock court prior to Chris's wedding, the results were funny as hell.
Chris has a junior team member who becomes gravely injuried, but goes on to be an inspiration, what happenes next really makes you examine what you do with your life and limitations.
The ending is a little flat, but then after a life at the authors pace, everything else is not high-speed. Thanks to all those whom make peace a profession.
This isn't my usual type of reading, but I like to learn from experts of all sorts and look into every corner of life and see how it works and this book delivered just what I expected from a pro telling his story. He really is a straight shooter, and writes that way (with help from the co-writer, I guess). No sugar coating, not propaganda, just very interesting reading (if you can stomach this sort of thing).
This was a very enjoyable autobiography by a very talented sniper. A very interesting read.
Enjoyed the book. Far more casual writing style than some of the other books on being a Sniper.
Down to earth as he sees it
Chris he is not perfect and tells his story as he sees it it is not al glory
keeps you listening and gives the character a voice putting your deeper into the storey
KILL OR BE KILLED
Would and have, every American should read!
Could not stop listening!!!!
Thank you Chris Kyle, for the look into what some of our wonderful warriors due for us and for your service to our country!