Top critical review
Great story, too many extra thoughts.
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2018
American Sniper, the autobiography from the perspective of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, opened my eyes to what war can do to a man. Although I had to pick through some unnecessary and puzzling thoughts, the book has many great parts and moving quotes.
Sometimes books about war can get boring and flat; however, there are a few points in this autobiography that keep the reader intrigued in ways other than suspense. This is why humor is one of the strong points of this book, because even when everything is going badly, Chris Kyle finds a way to make a comical remark about it.
Painting pictures of war are hard to do in literature. This quote from page 98 is the best description given about who they were fighting, “The people we were fighting in Iraq, after Saddam's army fled or was defeated, were fanatics. They hated us because we weren't Muslim. They wanted to kill us, even though we'd just booted out their dictator, because we practiced a different religion than they did. Isn't religion supposed to teach tolerance?” I felt this quote best shows how Kyle illustrates images in your mind as a reader.
American Sniper isn’t a book that can be read in one sitting, but it is definitely worth the read. The New York Times Bestseller starts off very quickly, and I’m sure other readers can agree being thrown into Mr. Kyle’s life story can leave you feeling lost. Plus there is a 6-page section in chapter 5 that is entirely devoted to talking about guns the SEALs used in Iraq and totally sidetracks the reader from other conflicts in the story. I did watch the movie version and thought it did a better job of captivating the audience, but the book is more humorous and gives more details and statistics. Overall American Sniper is a good read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about the Navy SEALs and legendary sniper Chris Kyle.