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
While the details of Chris' life are specific to Seals and snipers, his transition as a citizen, doing his patriotic duty for his country; his family and the connection to his core principles hits home for all of us who served and continue to serve. It also demonstrates the challenges of coming home and returning to civilian life with scars that show and those deeply hidden. A book worth reading.
what a touching story, and what a great man. from the way it was written, to the order it was presented down to the specific words used to describe certain feeling or situations, this book truly touched my should and changed my perspective for ever, I LOVED IT
The book talks about how many Americans acted like the Iraq war didn't exist and went about their lives like nothing was happening. That was me. This book really brought to life the events in that war from an on-the-ground perspective.
Some reviews found the narrators accent to be bothersome. I thought it was just fine. Don't let that deter you from this one.
No words can adequately describe how Chris Kyle grips you and guides you into details of his life. I can't imagine sitting down and writing an account of the things he has done. What a man. What a husband. What a SEAL. What an honor it has been to support his family by reading this book and the lives he has touched. I was sad to come to the end of this book, but I smile at the stories of love and grieve with him at the stories of loss, and my heart swells with pride during his stories of patriotism and bravery. Thank you, Chris Kyle for sharing your life with me. May your family be ever blessed, and see you in Heaven.
I loved how deep the story went in to what it means emotionally to be in our armed forces. I have such an appreciation for our military, and now I feel closer to what these men and women experience when they defend our freedoms.
That Texas twang was something I never thought I'd care for, but by the time I was halfway through this book, it became one of my favorite accents. The Taya sections were a bit jarring at first, but overall, very well spoken.
Thank you will never be enough to all the men and women who devote their lives to the safety of their countrymen, but know you all have mine.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
What Mr. Kyle achieved was truly extraordinary, and I am thankful and appreciative of his sacrifices. But as a story to listen to, there were too many details (e.g., about ammunition) that resulted in this not being a great listen for me.
I have to say that I was in doubt in get this audio book, and I have to say I don't regret it. I'm not much of a war fan, but I have to say that I could picture what he experienced. I haven't seen the movie but I'm afraid because books are always so much better then the movies. I highly recommend this book.
If you idolize Ronald Reagan and think the Iraq war was a brilliant idea, you will love this book.
Kyle was the prototypical impish rogue. He drifted through his early life without any particular objectives. He drifted into the military and eventually into the Seals. He faced the Seals' brutal training regimen. For a short time he focused on making it through. Thereafter, he went got into the passenger seat again. He drifted from one drunken brawl to another. He ignored his wife and family. The only thing he connected to was killing. It was his job. He was prolific. Between bouts of killing, he went back to drunken brawling. After he reluctantly left the military, he awoke to the life he had ignored for so long. Then, trying to help a fellow vet with a misguided visit to the gun range, he tragically died.
I really enjoyed this book, it's very entertaining, however I ended up detesting Chris Kyle!
He really comes off as a jock Red-neck and confirmed to me why America gets such a bad rep overseas. I find it very frustrating that he could not see the irony in his complete lack of empathy with the Mujahideen. I could not help but draw some huge parallels with a man who sported a Crusaders cross on his forearm and who's priorities were listed "God, Country and then Family" with the Muslim extremist he was gunning down.
Don't get me wrong, I think they were doing a job that had to be done, however I think Chris Kyle and other Americans felt they were fighting a holy war as much the Jihadists!
If like me your view of The SEALS has been tainted by this guy, check out Adam Brown's book, he really does completely renew your faith!
"Almost like being there."
A great listen, John Pruden's narration is spot on, his drawl is exactly what I would imagine Chris Kyle's voice is like. Every step of the way your alongside Chris listening to the thoughts of a proud and patriotic man giving an insight into his war. Theres a bit of technical detail but not too much to turn people off. In the end it's all about what he was feeling when he was doing his job, killing insurgents and watching colleagues die.
Thanks for sharing Chris.
"Respect to the fallen"
A heroic account of a snipers life, such a shame Chris Kyle is no longer with us. A life taken so needlessly after surviving countless tours of duty. Rest in peace "The Legend"
Great book and brilliantly narrated. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to know the real story of Chris Kyle, it makes you see even more how well Bradley Cooper portrayed him.
After reading a few reviews I purchased. One thing that sticks in my mind is he is almost as extreme as the people he is shooting. I think something of this was mentioned elsewhere in another review. I like America very much but he love of the country and zeal for it was a bit too much for me. Some very good parts very well told.
You will like this if you like books written by seals as opposed to books written by trained writers. Good story.
I watch the movie first and now the book as this man story as he and his wife struggle to keep together is so amazing story of this man and A inspiration to join the military as as I am going to
join the Royal Marines so can you get into the SBS
"Didn't enjoy it as much"
Too much cussing. I know it's a soldier's recount of his life. But cussing for the sake of cussing took away some of the seriousness of this book.
The late Kyle's attitude towards taking life made me cringe but that was his life experiences at the time.
What did I take away from this book. War is not nice. People die or come back changed.
An engaging account of war and his attitude to killing. I empathised with his viewpoint but didn't always agree. That's not a criticism of him or the book though. Tough times need tough characters, and Kyle was who you needed to get the job done.
This one kept me listening for hours, love this, one of my favorites, probably the best one, Chris Kyle rest in peace mate, I saw the movie first and I just had to see his story, and a few bits were blown out of purportion, wish they could of fit more things in, how he saved marines, but I like it how he doesn't see himself as better as everyone else.
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