I'm not a fan of war. But this was so well written. I learned a lot about being a sniper. I am Patriotic. I appreciate the honesty and humbleness of Chris. God Bless all Soldiers and their families.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
I listened to this book in preparation for the movie. It is a first person account of an American young man's war experience. It is not particularly well written although there is enough exciting material to put together a far more interesting book. The narrative does not flow.The authors who helped this young man write down his experiences did not do him any favors and I would certainly not read anything else by them.
I would not particularly recommend this book because it is poorly written. The story line is choppy and the characters lack dimension.
The narrator did not particularly bother me. I hope the twang he affected is true to the "hero's" accent. I think listening to this book might have been better than reading it.
It may be interesting to read about the sniper's short life after his experience in the SEALS. I understand he was murdered while trying to help another vet with PTSD. Should there be a second book, I hope other authors are engaged.
This is a war story told from the point of view of one very young man with a gift as a marksman. It is not particularly philosophical but it could have been much better written; as it is, it does not even manage to entertain. Let's see if the script writers can make this the action packed film it could be.
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The novel was interesting, however there are much better works out there that pretty much cover the same material. Other than the Mr. kyle's kill count there is nothing really remarkable about this novel. The funny thing is you get the sense that the writing is shallow almost like he used a ghost writer.
I just really enjoyed this book . Think that the honesty from the author & comments from his wife make this book real. From a military point of view , this is a great book.
I really enjoyed American Sniper. It gives an in depth look at what a SEAL sniper is capable of. I really never understood how much combat actually took place in Iraq due to the lack of coverage on the national news channels. You basically got how many soldiers died today due to IEDs and how inept George W. Bush was (I disagree). This book really tells you what was going on in Iraq's hot spots and how the SEALs were used to counter the insurgents. Our soldiers rules of engagement are too restrictive. The perspective of Chris's wife was very insightful as to how difficult marriage to an operator is. The part about punching out "scruff face" was hillarious. He deserved it for running his mouth. The narration is very good, he has a southern accent that fits the author. If you enjoyed Howard Wasdin's SEAL Team Six or Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor you will like American Sniper.
No. The book subject, Chris Kyle's service and actions as a special forces operator in the Navy Seals, smacks of self-aggrandizing tales of conquest (including an apparent incident involving a fight with Jessie Ventura at a bar frequented by Navy Seals. An incident that has not been corroborated or verified by the Seal community), brutish bigotry toward Iraqis, and a childish inferiority complex regarding serving officers in the Seal teams. I felt like I was hearing one drinking story after the other, with each story getting more incredible and fantastic.
My lasting impression of the narrative is one of grave disappointment. I was hoping for the sober recollection of Chris Kyle's service and actions as a Seal Sniper in a manner similar to Michael Durant's memoir (In the company of heroes), or the critical examination of his own actions that are exemplified by Phillip Caputo (Rumors of War) or Robert Mason (Chickenhawk). Instead the story unfolds like that of a country bumpkin that became a Seal sniper. I think the most objectionable aspect of the memoir is Chris Kyle's apparent fidelity to the Christian faith as a means of comfort, yet without any examination of his beliefs or perspectives pertaining to Iraq or its citizens. His clumsy presentation of faith at best makes him come across as a crusader and at worst a very stupid man.
I think what Special Forces operators do is very dangerous, difficult, and requires heartfelt dedication and esprit de corps that is uncommon, and as such forms the basis of my review. Not just anybody does become a Navy Seal, nor should they, so what gets published or presented as fact should be judged so accordingly. Overall I don't think this book does many favors for the Navy. From this book's rendering it would seem that Navy Seals are ill-disciplined brutish killers incapable of higher reasoning or deliberate thought, a charge I doubt is true.
I thought John Pruden gave an excellent performance. His Texas twang and delivery made the character of the book authentic.
Maybe. I went to see Seal Team 6 and was surprised to see that the producers of the film at least tried to enter the complexity of their subject. However, I am not expecting the quality of The Hurt Locker, Homeland, or Zero Dark Thirty. If the film is made by a good executive producer who can present the Chris Kyle's objectionable bigotry as a facet of a complex personality, then the film might be pretty good.
A bar fight with Jessie Ventura, after Jessie apparently disrespects his fellow Seals? Seriously?
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.
I chose this book because the movie trailer was masterfully done; gripping and suspenseful in less than 30 seconds. I knew going in that the writing was simplistic, I'd been warned about that, but I was hoping for some first-hand introspection on war, invasion and the line between innocent and enemy from a combatant's perspective. Instead, what you get is a series of short war anecdotes. If you prefer your war autobiographies to be more "'Muuurica!!" and less "Tolstoy" than this is the book for you.
Unfortunately, the author was murdered in February, 2013 while trying to help a fellow veteran with PTSD. I would have liked to have seen whether or not the passage of time may have broadened his perspective and made him a bit more reflective on our involvement in Iraq.
The narrator elected, or was instructed, to read the book with a "good 'ol boy" twang that was, apparently, indicative of the author's own accent. Sometimes this lent a sense of authenticity, other times it was grating. The narrator's choice to vocally emphasize, and sometimes over emphasize, particularly eye-raising opinions held by the author only served to highlight Mr. Kyle's rather jingoistic world view.[I'm probably lucky, he seems like the kind of guy who would hunt me down and beat the crap out of me for daring to question his sense of morality, all while explaining to me that he's just a "silent professional" who wouldn't normally do that kind of thing... followed up by a story of how he and his buddies once beat the crap out of a guy for being a wuss.]
Somewhat entertained, mostly disappointed. The author's explanations of tactics and weaponry were fascinating, but his opinions of war and the righteousness of America struck me as simplistic at best and borderline psychotic at worst. To the author, the individuals he encountered in Iraq can be summed up as follows; they were either "the enemy," "worthless," or "in the way." He didn't even bother to pay lip service to the notion that somewhere, among "the savages," their might have been a few innocent people who deserved some thought. Mr. Kyle was openly dismissive of the idea that winning the hearts and minds of the country was of value. To him, killing "bad guys" was the only answer to saving American lives, and the All-American hero pulling the trigger was the only one qualified to discern between innocent and enemy. He also made no bones about the fact that, if he had his way, it would be shoot first and ask questions later. In his world, only wussies and fat bureaucrats care about things like collateral damage and being held accountable for the lives of non-combatants. Rules of engagement simply got in the way of Chris Kyle doing his job... which was to kill anyone who, in his sole discretion, was a "bad guy." The author fully admitted that, to him, the world was pretty much black and white and through his writing it becomes clear that a person is either a "bad-ass" or not worth his time. Such an outlook might serve a Navy SEAL well in combat, but it makes for a lot of grimaces for a listener who was hoping for something more thought provoking than CALL OF DUTY: THE NOVEL. After listening to the book I doubt I'll see the movie.
I have the deepest respect and gratitude for Chris Kyle's service, but as a person and author, I have to say I think he's kind of a jerk. The story (stories) weren't well told, and his life choices seemed ego driven. I couldn't help thinking over and over about how selfish and self-motivated his decisions were.
I wish him success in his professional training business, and in his family life. But I won't buy another of his books.