|To read an excerpt click HERE.|
What a vividly charged book! "American Sniper" by Navy Seal Christ Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice provides the "autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history." I found myself nearly in disbelief at the toughness of this man who holds the most recorded sniper kills.
Kyle shares in raw, memorable, man-speak about what it was like to train as a seal and then be shipped over to Afghanistan where he served several tours on active duty. He paints the picture of what the war is like that our Americans are fighting over there -- and it isn't pretty. One of the things I most admire about this book is that Kyle says what many of our military personnel are thinking and that is the politicians really have no place in deciding how a war should be fought. Our military men and women are on the ground (and in the air and on the sea), risking their lives and know what kind of work is needed to succeed. Kyle also includes what life was like on the home front, written by his wife, Taya, who is also one tough woman. They explain the strains on their marriage and how Kyle's job impacted his feelings on fatherhood. Taya also writes about how Kyle changed.
I appreciate the humble attitude Kyle has towards the number of his kills (though the actual number is not released) and speaking out that it was just because he ended up getting opportunities and being in the right place at the right time. There is also honor given to our own warriors who fought alongside him. In his first-person account, Kyle speaks on being shot twice, other injuries he sustained, and what he went through when two close friends died.
The way this book was written it seems to mostly be in chronological order but snippets of different experiences are interspersed. It is easy to follow and easy to read. With all the different sections in each chapter there was no challenge to set the book down to do something and come back to it. I will admit that although the book is riveting there are some boring parts (to me, but probably not to others) where much technical information on his weapons is shared. Also, because of the nature of this book it was difficult for me to just sit and read it for long periods of time, like I usually do, just because of my emotional response to what Chris and our other seals/soldiers/marines were going through.
This is an amazing read, though, and I highly encourage almost anybody to read it. If somebody wants to understand more fully what is going on "over there" and what has gone on, I definitely recommend this book.
In fact, if you want to read a free excerpt on Scribd go HERE.
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