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This review is from: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Paperback)
Bought this two days ago on a whim as I expected a Navy SEAL with stunning prowess behind a rifle to be a collected, well-rounded, smart and perhaps quietly confident individual that would write an autobiography that would make up for an (as expected) average grasp of writing with a plethora of interesting stories, novel insights and awe inspiring recollections on his time as a sniper.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
The first sixty pages of American Sniper are a woefully dull account of Chris's upbringing that hold little interest, the only drive onwards - through the swathes of idiotic self postulating and sigh-inducing one liners that end every section - held within the hope that the story might become more exciting after he makes it through training and gets deployed on tour.
Even if you forget the wearisome one-upmanship and the onslaught of achingly pointless bragging (rather curiously for a man that uses the word "Y'all" he says the British "speak English funny") you're still fed endless streams of school-level writing with the same amount of colour and vividity as Satan's bathroom fittings. Basically, this is how "The Hungry Caterpillar" would read if the caterpillar liked chewing tobacco and firearms.
I'm only half way through but tomorrow I will be calculating the elevation, drop and windage needed to launch this book 2,100 yards into the nearest recycle bin.
Then I'm off to Waterstones to buy the absolutely glorious, throat-catching triumph that is 'Sniper One' by Sgt. Dan Mills.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2015 18:14:38 GMT
Love the Hungry Caterpillar sentence!
Posted on 19 Apr 2015 06:00:17 BDT
I too loved your review, which made me chuckle, while raising interesting points.
At the risk of sounding pedantic, I would wonder how you know Sgt Dan Mills's book is glorious and throat-catching (sounds unpleasant) if you have not read it already, unless you liked it so much the first time around that you have to go and buy it again. (or Sgt Mills said he has you in his sights and you need to purchase another copy, "or else")
That said, I loved the line on working out elevation and windage.
Now off to read you other reviews to see if this was a one-off or if you hit your mark regularly (feel free to groan at this atrocious pun)
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2015 08:07:13 BDT
Ahh, I had the joy of owning it upon release some time ago but lost it while moving flat.
You'll be less impressed with my other reviews, I find writing insight into things you dislike is a lot easier than something you're fond of. As Francis Bacon said:
"Anger may make dull men witty but it keeps them poor."
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 17:14:07 BDT
Mark Pyne says:
No pleasing some a'holes! How dare you judge a man, sadly missed, who saved countless lives! How close have YOU come to being in battle. Like all you other negative reviewers, WHY did you read this book? Answer - to completely denigrate a f...g hero! Shut your mouths and get back into the REAL world! I can't get my head around ROEs (Rules of Engagement) in war zones as, for me, its dog eat dog! Unfortunately, in this world these days, people like Chris had to justify EVERY kill, with split seconds to decide whether a figure was an insurgent or not. People like you make me vomit!
Posted on 5 Jan 2016 23:45:48 GMT
tiggrie AKA Sarah says:
"I'm only half way through but tomorrow I will be calculating the elevation, drop and windage needed to launch this book 2,100 yards into the nearest recycle bin."
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