He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called "the devil" by the enemies he hunted and "the legend" by his Navy SEAL brothers.
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war - of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.
American Sniper also honors Kyle's fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle's wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.
Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.
©2012 Chris Kyle (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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.
He mentions too often how badly he wants to kill people. Ok... He also takes the tough-guy persona to a douche level. Especially when he thinks it's awesome to have bar fights and kill people. Chris desperately wants to be a cowboy, and he is living that life, killing and hurting the whole time.
I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.
Oh I love books about exceptional American's doing jobs that are tolling on both the mind and body. I could sing praises about this American but that only is a bit about this book on its own merits. Its like reading a modern day Audie Murphy story.
I love the description of training. Every single person that has gone threw basic in some form or other has multiple of these types of stories. I have my own memories of basic and this brings back how much fun it was.
This is a first person story so this doesn't really apply but its as if Chris was sitting down in a bar with you and he has a good story to tell.
American Sniper. Straight shooting from one of the greatest sharp shooters. ... I have no idea how this could ever be made into a movie it would be incredibly graphic and far to un-PC for Hollywood
This is a good book, in the style of
Om my gosh NO not anything relating to Chris Kyle.
Narrated by John Pruden - Yes he made the book worth finishing.
No No No! Chris is from Texas where everything is always bigger better faster. Pity I cannot give away spoilers and Prove this guy is a glory seeker in the best form. He did mention in the book about the gun imprinted on his sights - so true.
John knew where the story had to go and he took it there with a very solid performance. I am going to find a good book he narrated to fully enjoy his work.
Chris Kyle. He is just not worth reading about. I read an article about the book and the glory he claimed, they advised against reading the book but stubborn me had to read it. Proven in the story it was all a numbers game.
I was really disappointed and expected a true Hero not gloating. I have read less fiction in Red Country.
Not recommended for anyone. The boasting, the ego, I, I, I and the short and meaningless chapters.
This isn't a story worth publishing
The narration is good, so good and makes me hate this book so much because he brought out what the author and the subject is like for real (probably)
2 chapters dedicated to a rifle, bloody rifle. What a bore.
If you're looking for a book about a sniper in the american army then this is it. Now, if you want a book that would show you the war in Iraq in a wider range of aspects, through the eyes and thoughts of an american soldier, then this is absolutely, positively not it.
The other words... I killed the bad guys, man. And this is how I did it.
Good enough to stand on its own. Doesn't need all the inappropriate descriptives and vulgarity. Would be a wonderful book without it. Especially for young men considering the military.
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