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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
by Chris Kyle
Edition: Hardcover

168 of 200 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly unenjoyable. Do not waste your time., 22 May 2012
Nobody expects ex-forces guys to be world-beating authors but even when taking that into consideration, you begin to ask yourself why at some point during the production of this drivel did someone not take him to one side and say "Chris, this isn't good, not good at all in fact. Tone it down a little."?

You could forgive the bland writing style, the corny see-through patriotism and the unengagingly cardboard dialogue, if only the author didn't come across as one of the world's most conceited men. Every single anecdote is a poorly veiled attempt to make him look super-great, whilst simultaneously trying to make everyone else look like a complete idiot. If you only believed half of what was said in this book, you'd be forgiven for thinking the US Navy SEALS are 99.9% incompetents and 0.01% Chris Kyle. And it's only that 0.01% that gives them their deserved reputation.

Just when you think it can't get any worse along comes the dialogue from his wife. I doubt she had much of a hand in writing any of it because they're in exactly the same vein as the rest of the book. It just reads as manufactured and wooden. I've read better porn scripts.

I'm not in the habit of ranting, but I'm having difficulty finding something good to say. The only reason I read the entire book was out of morbid curiosity. After reading it I tried to reason with myself. I began wondering if I had just read the tone of the book all wrong. Perhaps his writing style needed to be interpreted differently? So I typed his name into a search engine to get an idea of the man and came across a few Youtube links and articles of the author, and you know what .... he's exactly as I pictured him.

I can't imagine anybody finding this book to be an engaging read. What scant little detail there exists is constantly overpowered by the author trying to paint himself as the ultimate macho soldier. It's sad because it had potential. I don't doubt he's had many real life achievements. I don't doubt he made an adequate soldier. And I hope that behind closed doors this persona of his is just a façade for a decent guy. But the way it was portrayed was over-glorified and as if it were through the eyes of a slow child. The type of child who'd sit at the back of the class feverishly eating his crayons.

The only thing I can compare it to is the absolute worst of 1980's straight-to-video action films.
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ASUS VE278Q 27 inch LED Widescreen Full HD 1080p with HDMI Display Port 2ms Response Time Picture in Picture
ASUS VE278Q 27 inch LED Widescreen Full HD 1080p with HDMI Display Port 2ms Response Time Picture in Picture

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very capable monitor, 15 Nov. 2011
After doing some research I settled on this monitor. Upgraded from a 22'' to this 27'' and the difference is amazing. Not only in size, but I was expecting a little degradation of quality. I was wrong. It's crisp, clear and performs well.

It displays text clearly, there's no ghosting whilst gaming and it represents colours accurately. The construction is sturdy without being cumbersome. The glossy black bezel surround was something I wasn't sure about. I thought it may reflect light too easily and thus detract from the screen display, but it doesn't. Another nice feature is that the power LED isn't prominent and like a laser beam. It's tucked away nicely under the bezel and at a sensible brightness. You can see it if you look, but it's not distracting.

The screen itself doesn't reflect light, so if you're in an office with a window behind you, you still get a decent view of your screen. Colours are deep and well represented. Blacks are deep too. Light coverage on the screen from the LEDs is actually quite uniformed. Sometimes LEDs will light the edges better than the centre of the screen, but it's surprisingly consistent across the entire surface. On it's highest setting, the screen is very bright, with whites being represented as a brilliant, eye-melting white.

As with most monitors, it comes with a host of features that you'll probably never use. Most people plug a monitor in, spend five minutes setting it up and it stays that way until it either breaks or it's upgraded. So the features of picture-in-picture and lots of colour profiles are nice to have but rarely used. I have this connected to my pc via a dvi cable and I also bought a freeview HD box and connected it via the hdmi socket. It handles both. The PC display is excellent. The freeview display is adequate. Far better when watching HD channels.

The speakers are like most monitor speakers, in that they're underpowered and lack any real bass. I've yet to find a monitor with good speakers and as most PCs have independent speakers it's not really a problem. They're adequate though. Reasonably loud and clear. better than most I would say.

The stand is small but functional. Glossy finish to match the screen bezel. You can tilt the screen up and down and viewing angles are pretty good.

All-in-all I'm really happy with it. I'm giving it 4/5 stars. In order for me to give a product 5 stars it'd have to be exceptional in every aspect, so 4 out of 5 is actually a high mark from me. Buy it, I really doubt you'd be disappointed.
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