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
Keven & Marianne
Wow! this book is amazing. the recounting of actual events in Iraq, the pain if war and of our heroes families is remarkable.
American Sniper puts you on the front lines, as well as the edge of your seat. As you step inside the shoes of a solider, and his wife, you feel as if you're there. Every emotion flows from the book into the reader. I didn't want it to end.
This book(audiobook) captured my attention from the very first few minutes and had me up all night. I stayed up until the early morning hours to finish it, It was that good. If you like war stories and learning more about how navy's seals operate this is a great book to start with. The narrator did an amazing job as well. Ive read/listened to all the top rated navy seal and war memoirs/autobiographies and this one is my favorite. I've listened to it in its entirety several times just because I enjoyed it that much. Amazing to hear the things that our military men and women have gone through so we as Americans can enjoy the freedom that we have.
Unfortunately, this book does not really have much of a storyline and instead is a repetitive series of similar vignettes. There are jumps from his narrative to his wife's and because the reader's voice doesn't change, it was jarring. In fairness, I don't believe I was the target audience. While I gained insight into the brutal realities of serving as a Seal sniper, his lack of personal insight, the strong doses of testosterone and the blind spots related to his own wife and children made it a challenging book to get through.
I'm curious as to why there is no epilogue or mention of his subsequent death at the hands of an acquaintance and how this impacted his family. Such a terrible tragedy.
Perhaps this book is better recommend for those who have been there and served in the military. This is not your book if you are looking to read a well woven, cohesive story.
Many have criticized Chris Kyle for his lack of feeling towards the enemies he killed. However, he appears to have always acted within the parameters for each mission. I am glad that soldiers like him can make the difficult choices, even when careless leaders put him and those like him in an untenable situation like the Iraq war.
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