The commemorative American Sniper: Memorial Edition, by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice that releases Tuesday, October 15th offers more than a beautiful new dust cover and binding. The Memorial Edition includes the original text and pictures from American Sniper with eighty additional pages of pictures and writings from those who knew this courageous Navy SEAL best.
Treasured insights penned by Chris’ wife Taya portray the reality of marriage to a career Navy SEAL. She never romanticizes her husband, but lives with the “messy reality” of the career he chose because the couple was crazy in love. Crazy included times of laughter, times of anger, times of fighting and times of separation that never lasted because of their deep love for one another. She knew her husband well and today has serious questions about the real cause behind his death.
The touching notes inset mid-book from Chris’s young son “Bubba” and daughter, “Baby Girl,” remind readers of the price this family paid because their husband and father served his country with passion and renowned honor. Their promises to love him forever, “even if he died” and how much they miss him bring tears.
Other accounts from friends, parents, fellow Navy SEALS, veterans and wounded warriors he worked with all portray a humble, Christian man. From his well-earned reputation as the deadliest American sniper in military history to his legendary “2,100 yards kill shot outside Baghdad” pictured mid-book. The historical shot that exceeded the “dope card range” he had mounted on the side of his rifle and caused him to “eyeball” it due to his physical and mental training.
While the enemy called him "the Devil of Ramadi" because of his extreme accuracy and kill count his Navy SEAL brothers called him “legendary.” Chris Kyle was a true American hero. His realistic and gritty first person account penned by the man who lived it, portrays his love, “sacrifice and service” for his country and fellow Americans.
Although the book reads like a fiction story, it’s a true account that celebrates the life and legacy of Chris Kyle and his fellow warriors. All of America owes this amazing man and his friends a huge “thank you” for their service that saved fellow American lives.
American Sniper: Memorial Edition, William Morrow, by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice, October 15, 2013, 480 Pages, 978-0062290793, $29.99
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