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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!
Very good read, kept my interest through the whole. He truly was an American hero and he should never been forgotten. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Published 17 months ago by 7mm Sniper

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Shot
Chris Kyle served four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, making 160 confirmed kills of enemy soldiers and insurgents. In this biography, Kyle begins by describing his early life, his decision to join the Navy, and the courtship of his wife, Taya. The narrative then alternates between Kyle's military experiences and his home life with Taya and their...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Shot, Feb. 23 2013
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John M. Ford "johnDC" (near DC, MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Chris Kyle served four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, making 160 confirmed kills of enemy soldiers and insurgents. In this biography, Kyle begins by describing his early life, his decision to join the Navy, and the courtship of his wife, Taya. The narrative then alternates between Kyle's military experiences and his home life with Taya and their children.

Kyle's descriptions of training and camaraderie in his Navy SEAL unit are similar to those from other military biographies. The training is hard, the participants are tough, and the officers in the "head shed" have them do some stupid things. The deployment sections of the book describe battle with Iraqi insurgents and the tactics that do and don't work against them. Kyle gives names when praising heroic actions of his fellow soldiers and uses unflattering labels when describing those for whom he has less respect. Don't miss what he says about "Runaway." Kyle comes across as a true solder--capable, patriotic, loyal to his comrades, and ferocious to his enemies. The enemies include opponents in bar fights as well as the Iraqis. We remember more than once that soldiers are very young as well as very brave.

The domestic segments of the book are less exciting, but have a depth not found in the combat stories. Kyle has trouble transitioning to his stateside life. And his wife has trouble understanding the war he leaves behind--and feels he must return to. His personal code of loyalty to "God, country, family" in that order is only a little different from Taya's. Why can't he move his family up to second place? We watch them go through the same growth struggles that all couples experience along with the unique challenges imposed by wartime military service. There are some useful lessons here.

It is clear that Chris Kyle was a heroic solder who served our country well. While his book has its moments--like the time he failed to hang up his cell phone before a fire fight and his wife heard the whole thing--it is a bit less than it could be. Certainly this is not because Kyle's life is uninteresting. But he could have shared more details about his work as a sniper. That's how the book is advertised and that's why most readers will pick it up. By that standard it falls a bit short.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!, March 11 2013
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Ce commentaire est de: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Hardcover)
Very good read, kept my interest through the whole. He truly was an American hero and he should never been forgotten. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, very well done., March 13 2013
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Ce commentaire est de: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Hardcover)
Chris describes the American soldiers very well, gives praise and credit to his fellow Marines, SEAL's and Army soldiers before even thinking about himself. His detail about his action and contribution for his country is outstanding. We have lost an American Hero, but the legend lives on. May Chris and God watch proudly over his family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novel., Aug. 20 2014
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I really enjoyed American Sniper. It gave me a small insight into the life of Chris Kyle and what kind of tasks Navy Seal members are trained to deal with. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Military style books, fiction or not.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't hold your breath ..., Feb. 25 2012
Ce commentaire est de: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Hardcover)
Don't hold your breath waiting for something amazing to happen in this book, but don't hold your nose either.

The book isn't great, but it's not bad. It's written in an almost folks-y style, with small words and short paragraphs. It is a quick read, and fairly informative of the SEAL though process, but it's also very accessible to younger (or less educated) readers.

Also: This book is full of american rhetoric. Talk about how great the common man is, and how horrible the government treats its citizens (yes, "its" is correct, you don't apostrophe the possessive for an object). There are a few contradictions, such as the author praising the humility of the SEALS, and then explaining how they try to cause a larger disturbance during a bar fight than the last group of SEALS. Also, the author claims to be a humble and calm man when not in battle, but then talks about how he wants to shoot other drivers on the road, and his raging alcoholism problem. It doesn't ruin the book or the facts in the book, but it does ruin some of the credibility of the opinions of the author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little simple but really intersting, July 31 2012
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Ce commentaire est de: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Hardcover)
Excellent Book!
The sentence are short, the text is easy, but that's what to expect from a book written by a soldier. The text is
easy to read and express well what's going on in the head of a special force. I suggest this book to anybody that want to know more about what's going on behind the war scene.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, May 21 2012
Ce commentaire est de: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Hardcover)
I've read many military autobiographies, and this one is easily up there with the best. I couldn't put it down!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story over a beer, but not for a book., June 19 2014
You can tell when someone digs down deep and writes from the heart, or when they ramble on into a tape recorder and transcribe what was said afterward. For me, this read was the latter. The content was very superficial, the prose pedestrian and the experience unfulfilled. A good autobio should provide you with an in-depth look into the author or the events they write about. This book did neither.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and excellent, Oct. 28 2013
Loved the conversational nature and the honest tone. So sorry that Chris is no longer with us. A true hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Oct. 4 2013
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I love all of the background detail on what it takes to be a sniper. Very well written and easy to read.
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