• The Reaper

  • Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers
  • By: Gary Brozek, Nicholas Irving
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7,805 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-22

great audio book

loved it, listened to it twice now, still immersive, you can imagine being there

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-22

brilliant story

I will listening to this again I really enjoyed it, it kept my attention

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  • Einar Lárusson
  • 12-16-21

Really interesting book

This 9ne is really interesting and gives a glimpses into the snipers world and the total focus on their mental status.

I will listen to this one again very soon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-21

excellent

An excellent story that I highly recommend is worth listening to, will be listening to again in the future

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  • 10-15-21

Great insight

into the life of a sniper, the pressures and demands must be phenomenal for them. they seem to carry a lot of responsibility with regards to their fellow soldiers safety as well which is something that never seems to get mentioned.

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  • christopher meth-cohn
  • 05-27-21

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
  • 05-17-21

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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  • 09-11-18

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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  • 08-22-18

Amazing story telling.

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

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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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

must read for shooters

I'm a big fan of Nick ever since I got into target shooting and his depiction of what it's like to have living targets is a real eye opener but it was addictive to listen to and finished it x2 in 4 days if your into military/shooting it's a must read

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  • 09-02-21

Well told history

This book does not shy from the truths of war, it’s hard hitting truths are well told and you loose yourself in the story and can feel the emotions that are being experienced now the book. 10/10 recommend for anyone who like military history & autobiographies.

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  • Grahame Bourne
  • 06-24-21

Grahame

It is an excellent story well written and nerated. Kept me enthralled. Best story yet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-19

Amazing book

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-19

great book

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