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
Thank the powers that be for men like this. Chris Kyle is a great American and I am grateful that he was on our side. He is perfectly human and fallible and demonstrated a commitment and professionalism that comes from an unwavering integrity. Thank you.
I thought the character was interesting but I do not think it will be a literary icon in the future.
If you have a spare credit and want to get into the trenches with a soldier this is a good listen - I do think that there are far better accounts of military action - think Black Hawk Down....
His voice is great & his timing is good.
Not too much...
I would not rush out to buy anything else he may have written but I think it was a good listen for a long run. It kept me entertained...
This is a must read. This is a good story that keeps you entertained, and you feel the emotions of what possibly could happen to him through this adventure story. I would recommend this book to anybody.
An easy engaging listen. A little amateurish in its structure and tone, but fascinating in its psychology. Obviously strung together from interviews, but authentic nonetheless.
Makes you remember what the flag stands for. And what it means to be a patriot and what it takes to give us the freedoms we Americans take so easy for granted.
I read, or listen to books to help me do better professionally. But I also like to read books on politics and US History!
Great story and sure I missed some of the details.
The personal side of being a warrior.
Cried and laughed.
I love to read but I have found I love to listen even more. The Outlander series are my favorite books of all time.
Not my usual style of book. Loved the humor of Chris Kyle. He is sorely missed. He didn't pull any punches. The narrator brought it to life.
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