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
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.
This was one of the most eye opening books I've read in awhile. Chris & Tia both sharing the sometimes harsh realities of serv
I believe every American should read this book. When I say it's hard to read or technically listen to It's not because of bad writing or bad performance. It's so real it strikes right at the heart. It's an emotional rollercoaster. Certain points made me laugh out loud. While others I had to struggle not to cry. This is not fiction. This is all real. This is the best description I've seen and heard of the art of war
I think someone coached the narrator poorly about how to do a Texas accent. Apparently they thought Texans are incapable of pronouncin' the 'g' sound at the end of -ing words. The narrator also sped up quite a bit when switchin' to Teya's voice. But otherwise the narrator was good.
I liked the story for what it was, especially the insights into how his career as a seal affected him & his family physically & emotionally. It was fun listening to all the action he experienced, but it went on a little too long.
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