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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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Fantastic

What a great read/listen. Extremely easy to to listen to, full of suspense and action. My first audio book that I have listened to and I didnt want to pause it for 1 second. I first heard of Nic from Demo Ranch and Off The Ranch on Youtube. Go check Matt out now if you haven't. Thanks Matt for putting me on to this book and thanks Nic for writing your experiences down so they can be shared by many.

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Amazing story telling.

Absolutely amazing story, wonderfully narrated and written.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Brilliant.

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  • 25-05-2015

Wished it was longer

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

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great story

This is a great book, solid story all the way threw. I couldn't put it down, good on the blokes in his unit

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Wish the author read the book

Wish the author read the book. Otherwise it was a really good story. Good listen

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Amazing book

Absolutely loved it. A great telling of a true hero's story of honnor and brotherhood.

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great book

loved the book could picture everything described
would enjoy it as a movie for sure

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Great

loved it. Nick's story was excellent. His commitment to be his best and the best is admirable.

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Great Story

loved it from beginning to end. made my drives to and from work a lot more enjoyable. it's a great story by an inspirational man. can't wait to read your next reaper book Nick. keep them coming

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great story

great story, well read. just needs some facts checked, eg A-10's use a 30mm canon etc. just saying as a lot of the readers will be military or ex military.

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  • SteveS
  • 18-11-2015

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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  • John
  • 18-07-2016

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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  • Charley Gravelle
  • 17-06-2019

Demolition Ranch made me listen to this book!

I was watching Demolition Ranch when he had Nicholas Irving on and they were talking about his book, The Reaper. I have listened to American Sniper, The Lone Survivor, and Can't Hurt Me, all by Navy Seals in Iraq and Afghanistan, this was the first book by an Army Ranger I've listened to. All 4 books are similar in some aspects and all are very different in the stories they tell. I loved the story telling in this book, I loved how he brought the nuances of long range shooting into the story like measuring the height of a target by using the mil dots in his reticle or holding .5 mil for movement of the target. For me, that stuff made the story come to life and I could actually see what he was describing as if I were looking through my own scope.

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  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • 17-08-2016

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.

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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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  • Daniel Kirkpatrick
  • 28-02-2016

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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  • Gary
  • 27-02-2015

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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  • Susan
  • 15-07-2016

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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  • Tom
  • 04-02-2015

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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  • Michael
  • 13-02-2015

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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  • upon1cbr
  • 16-06-2015

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

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  • GMGarbutt
  • 08-06-2017

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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  • Jut
  • 10-02-2015

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
  • 17-07-2017

Compelling

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

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  • christopher meth-cohn
  • 27-05-2021

really enjoyed my first military autobiography.

I came across Irv on the demolition ranch YouTube channel and he seemed like a really cool, funny guy. Great to hear the tales of his life in the military. I have a new level respect for you guys now.

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  • Julian
  • 17-05-2021

Moderately interesting, predictable

Interesting to hear the experience, but reads a bit like a film. But to be fair, most of these kind of books do. 1/2 credit or sale material if you're not sure.

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  • Dodge
  • 29-04-2021

My fav loved narration overall amazing.luv y'all

amazing.maybe abit longer listen overral well done to nick erving peace x x x x

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  • M. Mcdermott
  • 09-03-2021

Painful

I'd seen this guy on a couple of youtube videos and he seemed OK, but this book is painful to listen to, after a few chapters I am returning it, as I can't endure anymore.

The narration needed to be at 1.7 just to make it even slightly bareable.

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  • olive rhealey
  • 18-02-2021

fantastic book, by a real life superhero.

First of all, I want to say that I did very much enjoy the insight into the life of someone who is essentially a real life superhero. the one bad thing I can think of to say about this book, is that i wad unsure at some points if the events had been dramatised by the editors. either way a fantastic product.

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  • Lisa
  • 30-01-2021

Very enjoyable

Great book really enjoyed it, looking forward to getting another of his. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-2020

Fantastic Listen!

I heard about Nick’s book on Demolition Ranch’s YouTube channel and thought it was a great listen and very well narrated. Nick is a hero!

Gives a very good insight into the experiences of a legendary sniper on the front line.

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