Yes. Being a Vietnam Vet I can identify with some parts.
Both sides of the husband and wife relationship were equally told in great detail.
Once again the military/industrial complex sends young American males to die for WHAT. Please tell me what was gained from this war or any other since WWII.
Loved it. I enjoy the parts about helping our veterans after their service the best. A lot of great work is being done for wounded soldiers but more is needed. God bless.
Say something about yourself!
According to the book jacket, Chris Kyle recorded the most career kills in the United States military history from 1999 to 2009.
The autobiography tells of Chris growing up in mid Texas and his love of excitement and physical activity. Among his activities in his younger days was busting broncos.
Early on, Chris admits that he likes to have fun. He was brought up in the Christian faith and if he had to prioritise his beliefs they would be God, Country and Family.
Chris's story is told in brief episodes of his life and experiences. He tells how, when he decided to join the military, he went to the Marines first but they were out to lunch, then he considered the Army and thought of being in the Army Special Forces but it was when he was leaving that recruiter's office that a Naval recruiter spoke to him and asked if had ever heard of the NAVY SEALS.
Chris had four deployments to Iraq and describes his training to become a SEAL and some of the physical activity he had, from training, to getting into trouble in bar fights.
He finally met Taya, his future wife and we learn about their courtship and marriage.
As a SEAL, Chris doesn't disclose the names of his fellow SEAL's for fear that someone might want to cause them harm. We do learn of a number of his friends in the SEALS who were killed in action or died from their wounds at a later time. In these moments Chris's love for his fellow SEALS is easily seen and his description of a seal from his sister platoon, Mike Monsoon's death in battle and the manner in which he saved the lives of others resulting in him being awarded the Medal of Honor was touching.
Another aspect of the autobiography that added to our understanding of this American Hero was reading about how events affected Taya. There is a very high divorce rate in the SEALS and it is easy to understand why. Even when Chris was back in the States, he was often going for more training and carousing. He tells of a time that he was supposed to be home for his daughter's birthday and couldn't make it because he was in jail from a fight.
To understand the mind of a hero, this book was helpful. At times, I felt he could have been more personal. In his actions with his family, he never mentions his children's first names, even when worried that his little daughter might have had leukemia, she is always referred to as 'my daughter.'
There were excellent action descriptions of Chris in action in Iraq and the reader is given a glimpse of the difficulties that Chris and other Americans faced. For many of the Iraqis and members of terror groups like al-Qaeda, their goal was to kill Americans. We might never realize how lucky we were to have heroes like Chris taking the attitude to prevent the killing of Americans and to kill the enemy first.
Calm portrayal of action that was nicely done.
Yes: I would like to know what happened to Chris Kyle's family.
Not as descriptive and paced as a fiction novel, but the point comes across well. The things he's seen and did were amazing and tragic at the same time.
Chris Kyle was falable, imperfect & his language & political views mighr not be PC. But the book shows an honest portrait of his character. I only wish it includes a postscript about his senseless murder.
Yes. Most certainly.
It's not a guns blazing war book. It's an american hero, husband, son, father, friend ... book.
The scene that entails; balloons, bullets and bad guys.
Not only is this a part of the book only readers get to enjoy vs the movie go-er but it's the story telling side about having a good outlook on some ugly attributes of war.
If time alloted me to do so, I would have.
The book is broken up nicely. So you can enjoy it all at once or in intervals
You have a piece of his job, his personnel life, what his families point of views were then back to his job and life experiences ect.
My only wish would of been having it narrated by Chris Kyle himself.
I thought the book itself was excellent but there were times when the narrator almost put me to sleep. his accent seemed almost fake. if so, I think he would have done better just telling the story in his own voice about this true American hero. If that actually was his voice, than you should have gotten a different narrator. Like I said though, as far as content, the book was excellent and I would still recommend it!
I am a retired Banker. I am currently fighting liver disease. I am a bereaved mother also.
I loved listening on audio! This made it easy to enjoy the book without stopping to change page!
The story was riveting at times ,and I would recommend it.