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
Yes, because as a female who isn't aware of the logistics of sniper rifles it was kind of hard to get through those parts. The narrator did help out some!
The whole thing is pretty memorable. He was an American Hero and it was pretty cool to see the different training and missions they have to do.
Being from the south myself, i can say that his accent was a little too thick at times, but it wasn't bad at all!
Unfortunately no. I know this is geared more toward the military and men audience, so i wasn't expecting romance or anything like that. I get emotionally attached when i read stories, so when certain deaths occurred it made me sad and i had to pause it to get my bearings back.
Chris was a true patriot and hero. I watched the movie adaptation for this, but it didn't have the same effect. You got to hear what his thoughts were and really understand his need to protect his country. Knowing the outcome of how his life ended truly makes me sick to my stomach. He endured and lived through four tours only to come home and be killed by someone he was trying to help. I'm very glad that his life and accomplishments are as well known as they are. If only it were like that for all of the heroes in the military. Unfortunately their sacrifices get looked over far too frequently. Hopefully we can change that. I'm not typically the 'autobiography' reader, but i'm very glad i read this!
Truly inspirational, especially for a wounded veteran like myself! after reading and listening to this book, I now have the answers about myself and answers to questions that I have not been able to answer before.
I felt this book took me through his life. At times it made me cry but not because it was sad but because these men and women sacrifice so much to give us peace. I encourage everyone to read or in this case listen to his life story before his death.
It was a great account of a true America Hero who was dedicated in serving and protecting our country.
God bless Chris and his drive to serve.
I highly recommend this book to others.
Love books...love to read. If I can not read I need to listen. My favorite books of all time are here :)
He even sounds like I would imagine Chris Kyle to sound... Awesome!
A Great American Hero!
I'm not a very political or military person. I don't understand much about the war in the middle east, but I loved this book. My biggest pet peeve about this book was how the author "talked down" very often in the beginning. The writing wasn't great, but it was a story that is worth reading.
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The narrator rushed too quickly through Taya Kyle's narration the the story
it sounded awkward.
otherwise the book and narration would have been perfect.
I loved the movie and was more enterained by the book by the obvious that it had so many more stories that I hadn't remembered or knew about from the cinema version. I kinda wish it went on past his career in the military but a good book none the less.
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