American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Chris Kyle lets you inside the mindset of not only the war in Iraq but inside the mind of a seal; inside the mindset of someone who is trained to kill. Known as “The legend” he and his team became a force to be reckoned with. Kyle’s battlefield experiences are unforgettable and exhilarating even to the reader sitting safely at home. A small taste of what the war was really like gets left in the mouth of the reader but nothing like actually having experienced it yourself.
Chris Kyle is a retired Navy Seal sniper. He recounts his training and war experiences that lead him to become the deadliest sniper in American history, with more than 160 confirmed kills from 2003 to 2009 during the Iraq war. From BUDS hell week training to firefights in Fallujah and Ramadi, Kyle persevered through it all, a feet that only a very small amount of people could and have done.
Aside from combat, Kyle shows the mental impacts that war rages in the human mind. It plays tricks with you and makes you see things that are not actually there. War takes a toll on the human mind that can never be erased but only hopes to be eased to some extent. PTSD can be seen in the happening and how it is not something that a warrior can easily “get over” as some media says.
Chris Kyle sees things in black and white. He tells it how he says it with the same rigor that he would take into the battlefield. He doesn’t praise war but justice and doing what is right.
Review by Trevis M.