I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I am sure glad Chris Kyle is on our side, but I wouldn't want him to be my neighbor. This is where Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell differ. Luttrell seems like a very humble and all around great guy. Chris Kyle comes off like a bit of an a**hole who seems to want to be a celebrity. He also goes through great detail to let the reader know how much of a bad a** he is. Sure, he says things to the contrary multiple times, but that just makes it seem worse. That said, he is a bad a** warrior deserving of respect and gratitude for his service, he just is not very humble about letting the reader know it.
I did like the book very much though. It is your basic autobiography format and goes through a brief pre-Navy history and a more detailed accounting of his life as a SEAL. His story is a good one. Very entertaining.
The narrator was average. There are parts in the book were Chris Kyle's wife steps in to write her point of view from whatever time is being discuss at that point in the book. Here the narrator uses what I guess is what he thinks is a female voice. It sounds really stupid. There is one or two other times in the book where I guess he thinks the writer would cry and he starts to break down and cry a little. It's bad. Luckily, there is not much of that.
All and all I was happy with the book and I no way regret reading it. I would recommend this book.
I liked the pace and structure of this book. So many battle stories I've read are so long and drawn out that I lose the flow. This was quick stories, to the point, and clear. I also liked the reader. All the details about the weapons was lost on me but I'm sure gun lovers can really get into that. What I had trouble with was the authors personal beliefs about God and country, marriage, child rearing, and the like. Yes, I know it really was the whole point of the book, and I don't have trouble with it being included. But it requires the reader to deal with his attitude toward war, his marriage, etc. And personally I found I didn't like the guy much.
I realize there are these type of people out there - and I'm glad they are on our side, but I would not choose him as a good friend - and I'm sure he wouldn't like me much either. I respect him as a soldier. I honor his sacrifice. But I wouldn't want his type of person making up the rules and running things. There are just other things to consider in war besides "killing the savages." I don't consider these type of people as heros. They join the military because they like to fight, they like to kill. I don't see that as heroic. His story of the soldier that jumped on the hand-grenade to save his buddies - that was the hero. Someone who goes into harms way because he likes war and likes to kill people, for whatever reason, is a soldier doing a job. Conversly, I see this guy as so humble that he would probably be the last person to call himself a hero. I wouldn't call him a savage brut. He seems to be introspective, humble, teachable, caring and even quite sensitive about many things. It is just hard for me to see both sides of these characteristics in a single person. I guess that's just my narrow thinking.
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
I want to thank his family for creating the circumstances that gave us this remarkable person. What a tragic end to an American Hero, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
The alternating perspectives between Chris and his wife throughout his deployment made this book feel more real to me. Chris did not presume to speak for her or to interpret her views but rather allowed her to speak to the reader directly.
The honesty of Chris through the book showing the reader things they may think disturbing, reprehensible or even just pathetic. These were paralleled with moments that make Chris and others around him easy to relate to.
As someone who has watched quite a few interviews with Chris Kyle, I think John Pruden allowed the personality of Chris Kyle and his writing to shine through.
The soul of an American sniper.
When he took down the drug dealer thinking he was an actor in a role-play scenario and when he moons his neighbor.
Great pacing and I also liked that the book gives his wife Taya's perspective. Her POV gives insight into the sacrifices those left at home go through.
Just because the protagonist is a good ol' boy from Texas, this doesn't mean that he is a rube! And, be assured, that's how the narrator plays the character. Distracting.
Finish the story as quickly as possible to limit the pain.
Not exactly 93 Kills nor Master Sniper.
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The book I found to be very interesting. However, it is a sad state of affairs that we must use a person with extraordinary skills and luck to engage in such necessary activity! The world we live in, now & in the past, seems to want to kill each other in the name of God!
We can only hope & pray that it comes to an end soon! In the mean time “Thank God” we have such men as the Navy Seals…!
The honesty from the writer was sobering. The input from his wife made this real. It made me realize the immense debt society has towards guys like Mr Kyle that are willing to risk everything for the rest of us, whether you are an American or not.
Good reading. At no point did I get the idea that he was not part of the story.
Yes, but I could not. Trivial things like work and life kept me busy!
Chris Kyle wrote a great story. I enjoyed every minute of it and was sad when it was done. He achieved a lot and one forgets that it is because he was in a fight more than everybody else, he was good at what he did, he was well prepared, he had excellent guys around him, he had a goal and a reason why he did all this, and finally he was probably very lucky as well. The stuff he survived was incredible. I sometimes got the idea that he was born to fight.
But these guys do pay a price that the rest of society does not. These guys pay with their lives, friends, and families to allow the rest of society to stand in the presence of a free nation and critisize evrything of their choosing even the very men that protects that freedom. They deserve respect and support in battle and when back at home. I am not an American, but I do think that the American soldier today deserves more from some their own people and the free world in general.
Thanks Chris, for sharing yours and other soldiers experiences. Made me even prouder to be living in this great country, and knowing that good young men and women are still fighting for our freedom!