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 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 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.
a very emotional and heartfelt journey of one of many of America's true heros! gives a very emotional and accurate perspective on not only a soldier's mindset in battle but their struggle with home life while here and away.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I've read most of the audible books on SEALS. This is the best by far. It doesn't go into too much detail on SEAL stuff, but gives you just enough to tell the story. And oh what a story it is! Chris has lived a VERY exciting life. He gives insight into the way a SEAL thinks, and even criticizes the leadership quite a bit. This book is good for the military man, as well as the civilian; pretty much anyone who has an interest in the SEALS as people....not so much their tactics.
This book is a riot, Chris Kyle... I salute you. I am 82 ABN veteran, and this book sums up all the emotions that somehow Veterand cant figure out how to explain to anyone, even ourselves. This book made me laugh made me smile and made me understand, it also made me Proud to be an Amreican, something the Author would be proud to know. It also made me very proud to have worn the Uniform with pride and respect.
This is a fantastic story of the reality of our Navy Seals. I hope it brings comfort to other Seals and families. I also hope it will bring an understanding of our freedom to life peacefully in US because of men and women who dedicate their lives to serve our military. I am forever grateful.
This book is a fascinating account of someone that lived a horrifying scenario without blinking. A Navy Seal, a man, a dad, a patriot, and a Christian which laid his life on the line for his fellow fighting forces, and in his belief his country, all to prevent evil from succeeding. Say what you want to about agreeing with the man, but call him a true man and a hero in the process. He is non-political. He is just a man that answered a call to duty from his country, and was extremely lethal at the task given. This single minded soul, concentrated on the task at hand and accomplished what we asked of him.
If you are looking for a book that questions patriotism, the reasons the USA went to war, move on to another book. However, if you want a glimpse in to a well trained mind that had a little fun along the way, and a few hardships, then this is a great book for you.
Ok, this will probably do no good since this is so prevalent in audiobooks but just because your main character is from Texas; that does not mean you need to perform a bad imitation of Will Ferrell doing a bad imitation of George W. Bush.
As a native Texan, the narrator's accent was just so irritating. Or should I say
"Bit disjointed but overall good story"
Jumps back and forth a bit, but overall a good story. I think the format works better as a book, but still good as an audiobook
"Gung Ho Bull!"
Whilst the story was interesting broadly, it was spoilt by gratuitous ego stroking, which just went on and on. I found this monotonous, grating and cringeworthy!
A potentially great read ruined.
A bestseller it might be, clearly this is expectation driven, let's hope the film meets that expectation, the book won't!
"powerful yet compelling"
As an introduction to audio books this was without a doubt Probably one of the best reads.
"GUN HO RUBBISH"
I HAVE LISTENED TO HUNDREDS OF AUDIOBOOKS I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS IS THE MOST BLINKERED GUN HO PRO USA CRAP I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO.
FUNNY THING IS I LIKED THE FILM.
"Fast paced, heart wrenching - life as a Seal!"
This made for a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Chris Kyle really provides a no holes barred account of life as a Navy Seal. From it's camaraderie and brotherhood, to the almost ludicrous rules and regulations each soldier has to follow while in combat. The way Kyle writes and talks so nonchalantly about killing really shows the psychological impact fighting in a war has and also the bravery that each soldier faces and that which often gets so overlooked in the reports we see on the news.Even through the seriousness of this book, Kyle comes across as quite a funny guy, keeping things very light hearted and entertaining which I find really helps break the monotony of the battlefield. I found myself beginning to care about Kyle and his 'brothers', to care about his family and the pain his wife must go through each time he's deployed - sharing her husband with the US government. John Pruden was a great narrator and you really feel like you're actually listening to Kyle speaking. He was very clear and made it a very easy listen.All in all I thought this was a great listen and would highly recommend it. I'm not really a war time book fan but I found myself unable to 'put this down'.
This is not easy to listen to if you don't like to hear the truth , a very honest account of what Chris Kyle had to deal with in Iraq
Sometimes it reads like dull autobiography, sometimes like warrior legend, and other times as a unintended satirical portrayal of himself.
Nevertheless, this book also offers a good
description of American's dogma of their exceptionalism and its roots.
Very enjoyable and interesting book! A great insight into modern warfare and what a typical navy SEAL experiences. Buy it
"fantastic book well worth a read"
a real fantastic read real life experiences from a war hero gripping from start to finish
"I have read this book aswell still just as good"
Great book I enjoyed it just as much as the hard book I have at home it is in my top ten easily
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