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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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By Carlos Gonzalez on 08-17-16

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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By SteveS on 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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By Jut on 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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By Amazon Customer on 07-17-17


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

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By Ross McDougall on 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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By Charlie Drummond on 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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