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Way of the Reaper Audiobook

Way of the Reaper: My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper

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Publisher's Summary

From the legendary special operations sniper and best-selling author of The Reaper comes a rare and powerful audiobook on the art of being a sniper.

Way of the Reaper is a step-by-step accounting of how a sniper works, through the lens of Irving's 10 most significant kills - none of which have been told before. Each mission is an in-depth look at a new element of eliminating the enemy, from intel to luck, recon to weaponry. Told in a thrilling narrative, this is also a heart-pounding true story of some of the Reaper's boldest missions, including the longest shot of his military career on a human target of over half a mile.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, Nick Irving earned his nickname in blood, destroying the enemy with his sniper rifle and in deadly firefights behind a .50 caliber machine gun. He engaged a Taliban suicide bomber during a vicious firefight, used nearly silent subsonic ammo, and was the target of snipers himself. Way of the Reaper attempts to place the listener in the heat of battle, experiencing the same dangers, horrors, and acts of courage Irving faced as an elite member of the 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, while also examining the personal ramifications of taking another life.

Listeners will experience the rush of the hunt and the dangers that all snipers must face while learning what it takes to become an elite man hunter. Like the Reaper himself, this explosive audiobook blazes new territory and takes no prisoners.

The preface of this audiobook is read by the author.

©2016 Nicholas Irving (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    JLS 08-16-16
    JLS 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to this book!"

    Nick puts you in the battle from each action and the emotions of battle during and after. His first book was a great hit and this one brings it home. It gives you a great perspective on the mindset of a warrior and the toll it takes on you. God bless Nick and those like him for what they are called upon to do. Listen to this book and place yourself next to Nick as he tells his story. 5 stars!

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    Peter Moore 10-12-17
    Peter Moore 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    what a great follow-up book to the Reaper, I would truly enjoy another book from the author

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    The Handman PASADENA, CA, United States 10-04-17
    The Handman PASADENA, CA, United States 10-04-17 Member Since 2010
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    "completed what American sniper left blank"

    I hated American sniper. there was plenty of war stories but little introspection. This book is full of self doubt, criticism, and consideration. The battle stories highlight the deeper lessons about military life, and life in general. read this instead of American Sniper.

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    Anonymous 10-02-17
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    couldn't stop listening to this book I hope to find more like this on here

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    Harold Pike 09-22-17
    Harold Pike 09-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    Loved the book. I will definitely have to listen to the first one. You should too.

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    dominic Cassaro 09-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "better than the first"

    better than the first. lets you know more of what it's really like to be in us military

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    James C. 09-20-17
    James C. 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic Stories"

    Really amazing book with great performances. Would recommend to anybody who loves war stories or just wants a very true and very human account of a difficult time in somebodies life.

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    Joey G. 09-13-17
    Joey G. 09-13-17
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    "Perfect mix "

    This story provides the perfect mix of action, emotion and storytelling of the realities of a person in combat. I think it relays well the complexity of combat, military comrade and the emotions that arise from some of the difficult situations.

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    Emmy k 09-07-17
    Emmy k 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Insightful and Illuminating"

    The author does an incredible job of putting you right into the action with him. He tells some amazing stories of his time as a sniper team leader in Afghanistan during the war. He tells the story with humor and compassion but also the edge that is needed to make a good soldier. Made me proud to be an American!

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    Logan 08-31-17
    Logan 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another great book by the reaper"

    Good book that gave more clarity to the mindset that at least some of our nation's heroes are going through, downrange and back home.

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    "Thought provoking in places, forgettable in others"
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    I think I was expecting something a little bit like a 21st century "Homage to Catalonia", an infantryman's perspective on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with observations about the country, the people and the situation. But this is mostly straight war-stories of missions undertaken, fire-fights engaged in and enemies killed, and (I feel a little guilty saying this about a real man's combat experiences) they tend to blur together. However there is also a lot in this book that I found absorbing, his insights into the psychological stresses men are under in a warzone, and when they come home, make it worth the cover price and elevate it above simple tales of blood and heroics. Particularly memorable are his discussion of how the need for soldiers to be strong to support their buddies makes it hard for them to open up about their experiences. I also particular liked how the book disabuses the reader of the notions portrayed in some parts of the media that soldiers are permitted to run around playing cowboy and killing with impunity. The constant pressure to prove that each kill was "clean" (legal under the rules of engagement) runs throughout the narrative.

    I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a perspective on the lives of the men we as a society send out to do our killing for us, and then like to forget about when they come home.

    The narrator is OK, but not outstanding IMHO.

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