This is my fifth or sixth "Special Forces" type book. Most I've liked. This was slow. Maybe too many writers (I count four, including bits from his wife). Lack of compelling details. I'm sure Kyle was a good soldier but as for book writing, hopefully there will be professional writer that will do justice to his story. Standing in the kitchen doesn't make one a chef.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I get that a lot of people will hit the 'no' button when asked if this review was helpful, but somebody has to tell the truth. I believe that the majority of reviewers are proud Americans with a 'Let's kill all the Hajjis' type of mentality. Which I understand and can appreciate on certain levels. 3 Stars is actually kind though with respect to this book... Obviously we are swayed by the sacrifices of Americans that defend this great country. Even with Scott McEwan in the middle driver's seat - This book was only listenable to those who discount writing in order to praise heroics. They are not the same thing. I realized going in that this wouldn't be like listening to "Sniper Elite" by Scott McEwan... But I was hoping for something much better then this. The Story was very - Start/Stop. It had a very Po dunk sort of feel to it - Like a good ole boy attitude would put us on a level playing field. It seemed like the musings of someone, who took time to make a pseudo diary. Not a Diary like the "Notebook" mind you. It was also very opinionated in a way I couldn't relate to - Wether I agreed or not. I 'Could not' finish listening to this book after grinding my way through the first half. There was no continuing story line to follow, so I found it very hard to stay involved with this book on any level. Sorry for the non conformist attitude.
For what its worth............ J
First, thank you to Chris Kyle for his service and to all those who put their country first and bravely fight the battles few of us could even fathom. I appreciated this book immensely. It vividly paints a picture of the battle front and the rollercoaster of emotions our fighting men and women endure. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It and "Lone Survivor" are two must read books.
Yes, but i mostly prefer audio format because it enables me to do a variety of other things.
Dealing Death and the Fallujah bits.
What a bad ass, high speed, hard charger.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I listened to American Sniper 4 years ago and have since seen the movie. Kyle was since killed and his estate sued by a clown. The judgement was large and in favor of the clown, but the case has gone in favor of the Kyle's family in appellate court. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.
I served three years in Iraq. They are a very screwed up people for sure, but killing these people was not difficult. At times, too easy. Almost child's play in a sick way. I don't have all the answers for what we did but I'm not sure history will flatter us.
Although I admire the skills and the discipline I can't abide the blind devotion to a government driven by greed controlled by the puppet strings of the likes of Haliburton. The fact that we were at war was all the reason Kyle needed to kill his targets. He forgets that we invaded a country under false pretenses. There were no WMDs! How does he know all his targets were "truly evil" like he says when some were more than a thousand yards away? I guess you have to possess the mind set of a soldier to pull off the stunts he did. It makes me sick that we can use good men like Kyle to do our dirty work while brainwashing them with rhetoric so that Cheny and his ilk can line their pockets.
San Diego Guy
Sure, the reader was fine.
The sniper. His good vs. evil outlook felt too shallow.
It felt at times like he was talking about Call of Duty instead of real human lives. To hear him describe how he killed two combatants with one shot -- it felt more like bragging.
First of all, I'm a patriot and I love and respect our troops and the sacrifices they make for our great country. This particular story I do not find compelling. Frankly it was quite boring in many cases aside from this guy being a sniper. many other people in the military could've told eventually same story about their service. The narration I thought was especially poor. The fakeTexas accent really grated on me. When you pronounce every word ending in ING though it didn't have the G just drove me nuts. And sometimes he forgets and pronounce it the right way. I had heard that the movie was amazing, so I wanted to hear the book 1st. I may still see the movie but the book was a huge disappointment.