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
Chris Kyle is an amazing sniper but to read his book, he has told one hell of a story! I laughed and cried simultaneously at times! Definitely a MUST READ! I know I'll read it over and over!
I liked the book. I like that it didn't feel too violent and that Kyle portrays himself as an American doing what he believes is right. I couldn't stand the narrator! He was hokey and terrible with his accent, he never sounds sincere and is just boring. Wanting to hear Kyle's version of events is the only thing that kept me going through the awful reading.
I think if he had told the story with less boasting. Maybe told some stories from his training with a little humility. Some self-depreciating humor wouldn't have gone amiss. I found I just couldn't get past the first chapters of the guy revealing how full of himself he was.
No, just because one book is bad doesn't mean others would be.
Not bad. It's hard to sound good with bad writing, much like a bad narrator can ruin a good book, bad writing can make a good narrator sound bad. It's hard to separate one from the other.
The first scene was good, and it probably got better once he got into the action. I may go back and try to get the to that part, if ai can try and stomach the tone of the first few chapters.
Really enjoyed the reader, the accent really brought out that Texan appeal - good country guy becomes warrior but holds to certain values, like his marriage and perspective. Glad the author shared his story. Now I want to watch the movie.
An amazing book! I hate such a legend had to be taken so soon and from the hand of a Marine. Chris Kyle deserved better. Outstanding biography! Great read
I just finished listening to this book for the 3rd time, catching some details I may have missed before.
I like to listen to this book and others like it.
hearing the stories from and about these service men makes me feel like I'm getting to know them just a little and wish I could thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Learning about them and their amazing accomplishments allows me to talk about them to help keep their memory alive and try to honor them.
Interesting and intense stories throughout the book, but written in a very vague and non-descriptive manner. Worth a listen, but I definitely wouldn't put it at the top of my favorites list.
yes, I am obsessed with this man and how he felt it was his duty to protect us all!
all the times he talks about Taya and the children
I think all the negative comments made here are a product of jealousy, men are alot like women in that way. The claws come out when there's a King of the Hill around!
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