Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice) takes a more unassuming and approachable tone in narrating his improbable journey from a modest Texas childhood to becoming a sniper with SEAL Team 3 and serving four deployments in Iraq: "my so-called â€˜legend' [has] a lot to do with luck." As with other recent books about the SEALs, they are depicted as a breed apart: hyper-competitive, with the most intense training, hazing and bonding rituals (the latter involving much drinking and fighting). Kyle is unapologetic about his own conservative persona, and perhaps not the ideal spokesman for military public relations. The highlights of the narrative are the grim yet often funny accounts of Kyle's violent battles all over Iraq, most of which are described crisply. The author describes his participation in numerous urban battles, such as the protracted struggles for Ramadi and Fallujah, and asserts that elite operators like himself contributed to Iraq's evolving stability--"it took violence of action to create a situation where there could be peace." Kyle provides a few surprising moments, as when he writes eloquently about his fellow veterans, including SEALs killed or wounded in battle. "There's no reason someone who has fought for their country should be homeless or jobless," he writes. Kyle's wife offers her counterpoint narrative in italicized passages, driving home the surreal life of difficulty bestowed on professional warriors' loved ones. This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs. If you're read and enjoyed Love Survivor by Marcus Luttrell - then American Sniper is a must read. Chris paints a very transparent picture of what it was like to be a SEAL, sniper, and new father while being deployed in the war. He holds no punches back. This book was extremely hard to put down. As for "the vet" that gave this book ONE star and trashed Chris's book... Have some respect. You asked "what did he do?" ...I'd say laying down his life to protect our amazing country is something. If having the highest kill count as a sniper in US history wasn't enough... Some people amaze me.
The story is a military original and allows one to get a peek at what the mindset of a warrior must be. The overall book is an A+. Certain aspects could be elaborated on, but it doesnt affect the meaning and power what the author is trying to get across. ---
This book was everything I thought it was going to be and then some. Chris Kyle not only tells the story of his life, but takes you to the battlefield with extreme detail through every foot step he took and round he fired during his time in the Middle East.
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Evil in the Crosshairs Late March 2003. In the area of Nasiriya, Iraq I looked through the scope of the sniper rifle, scanning down the road of the tiny Iraqi town. Fifty yards away, a woman opened the door of a small house and stepped outside with her child. The rest of the street was deserted. The local Iraqis had gone inside, most of them scared. A few curious souls peeked out from behind curtains, waiting. They could hear the rumble of the approaching American unit. The Marines were flooding up
Published on May 30, 2013