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Groundbreaking, thrilling and revealing, The Reaper is the astonishing memoir of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving, the 3rd Ranger Battalion's deadliest sniper with 33 confirmed kills, though his remarkable career total, including probables, is unknown. In the best-selling tradition of American Sniper and Shooter, Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, when he set another record, this time for enemy kills on a single deployment. His teammates and chain of command labeled him "The Reaper," and his actions on the battlefield became the stuff of legend, culminating in an extraordinary face-off against an enemy sniper known simply as The Chechnian. Irving's astonishing first-person account of his development into an expert assassin offers a fascinating and extremely rare view of special operations combat missions through the eyes of a Ranger sniper during the Global War on Terrorism. From the brotherhood and sacrifice of teammates in battle to the cold reality of taking a life to protect another, no other audiobook dives so deeply inside the life of a sniper on point.

©2015 Nicholas Irving (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Vivid and Sincere Military Spirit

Would you consider the audio edition of The Reaper to be better than the print version?

Have only listen to the audiobook. But I would have to assume that if the written copy is like the audiobook than its good to go.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reaper?

The part were Mike falls into that underground cave which was some 75 to 80 feet below the surface and his only injury was a broken Tibia.

What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeff brings this story to life through his own spirit and annunciation of the outstanding story which Nick lived while he went through his many tours of duty. He brings the story full circle in a very unique way which brings authenticity and a true military demeanor through its chapters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Afghanistan the land of the Reaper and the U.S. Rangers.

Any additional comments?

Want to take the time to extent a sincere THANK YOU to Nicholas Irving for his selfless service to God and Country during his years as a Ranger Sniper. May God continue to bless him and his entire family always. Hooah...!SGT Gonzalez, U.S. Army 910625-000505.

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  • SteveS
  • Discovery Bay, CA United States
  • 11-18-15

Great story

This is a very interesting description of modern combat and how our Rangers operate. Nicholas is a very brave Ranger and this shows how our Rangers take care of their own and risk their lives for their brothers. I'm glad we have men like Nicolas. My son is an officer in the Rangers and I'm very happy he has men around him like this.

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Disjointed and tough to follow

Irving is a great man but whoever edited this story could have helped structure the flow and dialogue to be more engaging. It seemed like they let him just talk into a dictation machine and then they simply spell checked it.

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Moderately Okay

It's a basically a play by play of a mid twenties guy in a war zone. One real fascinating mission, the others are fluff pieces that are very unexciting. You can tell the author was in his twenties with his constant use of the word awesome. He repeats several stories from his past over again. Your best bet is to check the wiki page on this guy and save your money.

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Guts in War, Brains over guts

Being a prior sniper this is a fantastic story that includes all of the mental aspects of the job. I enjoyed the decision making process illustrated in the book. Glad he made it out, and glad he contributes like he does as a civilian.

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Intense and full of action

This book is full of action and intense moments that were unbelievable. True act of patriotism, and heroism. Nicholas Irving describes his action as if the action is never stopping. One part that I really liked about this book is suspense it builds up to the action and the combat. I would recommend this to anyone who loves autobiographies. And like to hear war stories.

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good sniper book

I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend reading it. it kept my interest clear down to the end.

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St Martins lets another warrior tell their story

If you have read any of the other books by Chris Kyle, Brandon Webb, Jack Murphy, Marcus Lutriel or the other great men from the SOFREP family you will enjoy this one as well great job with the interviews on Nick and good narration thank you gentlemen keep on being on time and on target

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

This was a very well written book I was definitely very entertained and really appreciated another understanding of what a United States soldier goes through overseas thank you very much for reading this book it was a pleasure listening to it please continue to write more books and thank you very much for your service

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  • Tom
  • Arvada, CO, United States
  • 02-04-15

Roger that

Great story. Irv keeps it real. I especially enjoyed how he wove in stories of Jessica, growing up and training. The training stories were great and made me smile as some reminded me of my own back in the 1980s. Sounds like he needs to hang on to Jessica, she's a keeper

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  • Jut
  • 02-10-15

Great book if you like the spec ops world

A great listen, superbly narrated and a must for lovers of edge of the seat war narratives, the only downside for me was the fact that it had to end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-17

Compelling

Grabs your attention from the start. Makes you feel immersed in the story as if being there.

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  • GMGarbutt
  • 06-08-17

A more human story than one might expect.

A good book with less of the "gung hoe" attitude that American writers often portray. Much more of a human story of a talented man doing his job. This book isn't a slick over edited story, it's written by a soldier with a soldiers writing style.

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  • 11-18-17

Good army book.

Informative and enjoyable listen. Recommended. The time flew by and I was hoping to hear more.

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  • Paul 'Snipey' Graham
  • 11-17-17

Great insight

A great aspect from a Sniper who was in the thick of it conducting missions. immersive and yet simplified so not bogged down in too much technical detail.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-17

great read

love it so much detail and a really likeable guy someone that you would want watching your back no hyped up story or hero rubbish just a genuinely great story

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  • brook w.
  • 10-08-17

reaper<br />

awesome book loved it. really good story
must be read really good stories that is such amazing reality

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-17

Loved it!

I downloaded this book because of a recommendation and after the first chapter I became obsessed with it. I love this book and will be starting Nicholas Irving follow up book to this "the way of the Reaper" very shortly.

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  • M. C. Johnston
  • 06-14-17

Spoken by a robot

The guy reading this book is wooden and ruins the book - he's like an American Stephen hawking . If you suffer from insomnia then this guy will put you to sleep .
I recommend getting ' the operator' read no robert O'Neil . He reads his own book and there is no disconnect with the listener. He shot bin laden .

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  • Ross McDougall
  • 10-31-17

down to earth and terrifying

really great firsthand account of war. I liked how Irving didn't let himself get carried away with the hyperbole that the rest of the army and the enemy were thrusting upon him.

Irving's writing makes you feel like he didn't heavily censor his stories, lending them an air of authenticity and realism. The mistakes made be him and his crew are left in, as is the tendency for people to revert back to self-preservation when their life is at stake.

Even some of the weird random details work toward this end - I was questioning a few times 'why did that get in?' and often thought to myself 'I guess Irving wanted to put as much as he could to provide an accurate account, not just reinforce the Hollywood stereotype...'

At the end of the audiobook there is a small interview with Irving himself which I really liked, as well as him reading the foreword.

I completely understand that an author may not want to read their own book, but I really appreciate it when they do. It increases all parts of tension in the story and further draws you in. With that in mind I have to say that Jeff Gurner who read the audiobook does a stellar job of lending his voice to Irving as a character through sensitive and intelligent interpretation of the tone and point Irving is trying to make. I'd go as far as to say that Gurner's reading of Irving's story is better than some authors reading their own work that I've listened to; He was thoroughly entertaining!

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  • Charlie Drummond
  • 08-29-17

An easy listen, with some powerful insights!

Overall a very enjoyable book however in between the action scenes I thought there was perhaps a bit too much filler. I did enjoy the technical details, however as it was a story based on someone's life it lacked the drama that Hollywood action movie's have led us to expect. What an amazing life experience.

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  • Justin
  • 05-17-17

going for the sequel book now.

storyline was nice a calm.. and feels real.
4 stars this book. will definitely read his sencond book"way of the reaper"

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  • Ben
  • 11-24-16

just another book about the same thing

my title may be a bit harsh. yes a very heroic individual but the story is just a bit generic. still enjoyable but not overly memorable

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  • 11-08-16

Could have been much better

Poor narrator took what little dynamism there was out if the story. The background is inspiring, but the author lacks the ability to convey any depth of emotion or context to what should have been an amazing biography.

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  • Victor Borghero
  • 10-26-16

Sniper

Interesting to see how the snipers have to live while on their missions. Their focus has to be so intent whilst in deployment against such a diverse enemy who are in their own environment

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  • Mr William J Diprose
  • 05-28-15

Awesome

Awesome story, well worth the. Listen. Up there with Carlos hathcocks book . As good as American sniper

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  • Tim
  • 05-25-15

Wished it was longer

Loved this title especially actually hearing the authors voice awesome addition to feel even more real

1 of 2 people found this review helpful