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.
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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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
"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
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
"Vivid and Sincere Military Spirit"
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.
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.
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.
Afghanistan the land of the Reaper and the U.S. Rangers.
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.
"Brought some PTSD back in a good way. Thanks Nick"
I loved this book loved the memories it brought back. Had a few friends that served with 2nd RANGERS made me regret the only thing in life I should have done. Good job Nick.
"Awesome story by an awesome soldier!"
Even though nick is credited with 33 kills in 4 months he writes the book in a humble manor which leads you to believe he didn't care about his amazing accomplishment. The battles are intense and if shooting is your thing, you will learn things about shooting you never would have thought about. He also does a good job of leaving you with a good image of the other characters in the book and the relationships he had with them. He wasn't keeping score, he was keeping his men safe. Great book! Not only was The Reaper himself a great shot and a great leader but for his age at the time his story was told, he was wise beyond his years. Thank you for your sacrifice Irv! Our country really appreciates your bravery abilities to get it done when asked!
"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.
"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.
"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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