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
I am a married Mother of 1 Son and 2 Step-sons. I have never served in the military and honestly do not have any close ties to the Military, other than my Father who served in Korea and a cousin who was killed in Vietnam during the TET offensive. Though I would prefer the world was all Love and Light with no war ever; that is just not how it is. I have strong feelings about the war on both sides of the issue, I respect others thoughts and opinions as their own; but no matter what I respect and support the courage, strength and patriotism of each and every member of our Military. I begin this review this way so that you can see I am a regular Jane.
This book is written from Chris Kyle a Navy SEal's perspective. It is about his life growing up in Odessa Texas and follows him through his life as a Navy SEal, from BUDS training to the war in Iraq and life during and after from his POV. If you are looking for fluff, BS and watered down opinions this book is not for you. Chris tells it like he saw it good, bad or indifferent from his POV. During the reading of this book I cringed, I smiled, I chuckled, I felt uneasy and a bit queasy, I cried and felt sad, but I was completely engaged the entire time. At no point did I feel lost or feel like I did not understand something. (Keeping in mind I am just a regular Jane); Chris explains acronyms, procedures and operations as the story moves along and talks in plain "Texan". Peppered throughout the book, Taya, Chris' wife gives us a heartfelt view of life with Chris. My heart could only bleed for her, Thank you Taya and "God Bless" you for all that you sacrificed for your country. And Chris for the record though you say (several times I might add) throughout the book that you do not consider yourself a "Bad Ass".........Uh Chris, you were a FEARLESS BAD ASS, period end of subject.
I am glad I decided to read this book; as honesty goes, Chris does not pull any punches and truly seems sincere in all his accounts of how things went down. I am not by nature one to believe everything I read and use quite of a bit of discernment as a rule, but at no point did I feel that anything but the truth as Chris saw it went from pen to paper.
Thank you Chris and every single person at home or deployed who Stand and Protect our great country. And thank you to all the Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Children who sacrifice so those brave men and woman can do just that.
This is a must read for anyone who wants to read a firsthand account of the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces endure on a daily basis.
I had to find out for myself, after viewing the barely watchable American Sniper, what kind of an individual Kyle saw himself as. My suspicions were confirmed as I listened to story after story from this simple minded, one dimensional, frat boy killing machine. The majority of the novel are rants that only himself and what I imagine to be a few other military die hards care about. Waste of time.
Heartless murder glorified in a story written at the 4th grade level!
The fact that the author was proud that he was a selfish self-centered liar...ask Jesse Ventura
Not at all
I found this text to be pretty single dimensional. While Chris is an impressive soldier, I found his recounting similar to action movie stereotypes versus a real human experience.
I admit this was my mistake. I heard the film was doing well and Clint was directing so I thought it was based of a great book. I am sorry but this is such fist pumpin drivel. I kid you not there are lines such as "Oh good I thought.....I'm going to kill bad guys today". If you're looking for a good ol boy story then go for it. If you're not then avoid this like the plague. I am responding to the book and how this is written not his active service.
Classic to cleanse myself
Don't think this is an available option at this point of time.
Narration was as horrible as everyone said. The fake Texas accent...really? Either get a real Texan to read the book or talk right.
I expected some good war stories. Deep insight into the feelings of a warrior. You get none of that. You do get lots of acronyms & what they mean. You get an entire chapter of the various weapons used and how they feel. Guess some would find that interesting. I kept listening...hoping to get to a good part. It never came for me.
I doubt I will see the movie...well, maybe when it gets to Netflix for free. I certainly won't be jumping to get the rest of his books. While Chris Kyle may have been a badass Navy SEAL sniper, he is not a badass writer.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
There's a thin line between hero and villain, and the subject of this book crosses that line in my opinion. Yet, this book glorifies his twisted views of war and murdering people he considers "inferior".
An embarrassment for all of humanity. I disliked this book and its author.
I love it! This book truly shows the struggles all service members go through. Not only the stresses of war, but it also captures a clear picture of what the other side of the relationship has to go through. I loved it
I am a Physics and Engineering student.
I am sure glad Chris Kyle is on our side, but I wouldn't want him to be my neighbor. This is where Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell differ. Luttrell seems like a very humble and all around great guy. Chris Kyle comes off like a bit of an a**hole who seems to want to be a celebrity. He also goes through great detail to let the reader know how much of a bad a** he is. Sure, he says things to the contrary multiple times, but that just makes it seem worse. That said, he is a bad a** warrior deserving of respect and gratitude for his service, he just is not very humble about letting the reader know it.
I did like the book very much though. It is your basic autobiography format and goes through a brief pre-Navy history and a more detailed accounting of his life as a SEAL. His story is a good one. Very entertaining.
The narrator was average. There are parts in the book were Chris Kyle's wife steps in to write her point of view from whatever time is being discuss at that point in the book. Here the narrator uses what I guess is what he thinks is a female voice. It sounds really stupid. There is one or two other times in the book where I guess he thinks the writer would cry and he starts to break down and cry a little. It's bad. Luckily, there is not much of that.
All and all I was happy with the book and I no way regret reading it. I would recommend this book.
This book is a really good insight of the ups and many downs of his life as a seal.
Watching the film only gives you a glimpse into his story. It gives a real insight into life within the seals and the dedication of all forces involved in war.
Saw the film which is good but the book is fascinating a look at the life of one soldier which must be the story of so many and also very strong women who back them
"Reasonably interesting biography"
Reasonably interesting bio, authentically written in Kyle's voice. Very well read - you feel you know Chris Kyle really well.
"Clint Eastwood made it into a better story"
I kept going till the end but I did not enjoy listening to this book - putting the subject matter aside it was disjointed and not well written - it did not flow well. I much prefered the film the main character is much nicer guy! I read the book hoping to find more detail and gain an understanding of the hype.
What strongly comes across is that the US is as deeply Indoctrinated in their views as the people they were shooting at.
Nothing in particular
A much better read is Sniper One by SGT Dan Mills - I couldn't put it down.
A good listen, the character was explained well including his history. The book was explained in detail without having the need for graphic "war" images
Inspiring, spoken from the heart, giving the true views, not clint eastwood's perspective on family, killing and protecting what you believed in, a fantastic book.
have not read it but cant wait to see it
the whole story was good hard to pick one moment
"A really well told tail"
This gives an insight into what these brave soldiers put up with as there daily routine, thank god for men like this.
"As real as it gets."
A very good True life story. That tells you what it was really like. Not what was shown at the movies.
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