• Way of the Reaper

  • My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper
  • By: Nicholas Irving, Gary Brozek
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,687 ratings)

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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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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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fantastic book

great book, it's entertaining yet insightful. not your typical modern war story. 10 10 of a story

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And exciting but heartfelt story of brotherhood and combat.

Quite simply this is a great book. It is told without any pretense and The words seem to come straight from Nicholas Irving's heart. It is written like a thriller and yet it takes a hard look at the effects of combat on the human psyche. It never gets "preachy. "It is fast-paced and the reader quickly develops a relationship with The author and the men of his unit. I highly recommend the reaper to all those who are interested in military history. We get the rare chance to go inside an elite unit and hear about the stress as well as the moments of comedy and love that bonded them together. If this country is going to survive it needs people like Nicholas Irving and Rob O'Neill to be the tip of the spear against those trying to harm us. Not only is it the reflections of a highly trained and deadly warrior, but in the end it leaves us with a message of hope. I highly recommend it to all. It makes the perfect fathers day gift for any dad who was in the military or has an interest in military affairs.

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Just another amazing story

And accounting of the sniper trials and tribulations of the impact coming home and how he survivedonce he returned from hell

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A series of war tales - not like 1st 5 star book.

Unlike his first book that was like Platoon - with a real story, characters, etc. This comes across more as random missions without much story or characters. From A to B-.

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Ok. Just Ok.

I feel like i just donated to the Reaper retirement fund. This book is so similar to the original that they may have just moved some chapters around and put a new cover on it. Save your self the disappointment and just re-listen to the original....

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True Story of Nick Irving. #1 American Sniper

I found this book to be very enlightening and disturbing at times.
Nick, takes you back to when he was a young soldier. He is able to help you understand his feelings as he accumulates to being a full time college student.
I gave this book a four star because I got bored with it in spots. I also liked his honest writing in the first book. I don't recall him talking about saving his brothers. That was a line and feeling from Cris Kyle book. I also found one chapter that sounded extremely similar to Kris Kyle.

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more of the same but that's a good thing. more foc

more of the same but that's a good thing. more focus, words work on the phone with the storage

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Horrible Narration!!!

I couldn't listen for more than 10 mins. the narrator's performance was poor, sounding as if he was bored and as if he had only just learned English. Would have been passable if not for the constantly out of place pauses, pauses where no comma should be, which gives the Narration a staccato-like quality from a near-monotonistic voice. I wish I could get my money back and just by the digital or paperback version.

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Good follow up book

So much liked the first book, I thought about giving this one a shot. It was a great follow up to the first book, but was just wanting a little more.

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  • aidy
  • 05-21-22

brilliant

fantastic insight, well red and written. slightly different layout compaired to his 1st book. brilliant

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  • Harry
  • 12-15-21

Top Gun, Top Man!

Love everything about Nicholas, he's a good sniper, and one tough man. From start to finish, a really good in sight into his operations, dangerous combat missions etc...

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  • Peter Candeland
  • 11-25-21

Great Insight

Great insight into what it's like out there and how much it effects people

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  • BlackenedNeo
  • 04-25-21

Moving story

I cannot express how much I loved listening to this book. Mad respect for the guys who went out on those missions. 🤘

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  • Lisa
  • 03-02-21

Fantastic read

Great second book, well lated out and enjoyable, looking forward to his next book. Hmm

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  • Austin Clarke
  • 07-23-20

amazing book!!! couldn't reccomend it enough

it goes deep into his mind and the mind of a sniper and dealing with PTSD and spoke to me deeply

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-20

Fantastic listen

Another fantastic listen, could not stop listening to it. Much like his first book but a bit more detailed. Excellent book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-17-18

Respect

Amazing story, perspective, respect, honour, comrade, life, death, war, these are but a few things this book will give you an insight into.

If you pick this book you will enjoy it

guaranteed

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  • Thomas Jacklin
  • 05-17-18

Get this!!

The book was absolutely fantastic! never bored me once and it kept me engaged the entire time! definitely get this one!

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  • michael
  • 04-08-18

Brilliant Book Would Recommend To Any One..

Brilliant Book Would Recommend To Any One.. There Was Even A Little Tear Jurking Moment..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-17

Yes

These books need to be made into a movie... absolutely brilliant... thank you for sharing the experience...

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  • Justin
  • 07-11-17

this isna really powerful book for me. thx irv

this is truly a nice sequel book
enjoyed it alot.the ending was very
very.. real... good.job guys.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-21

Don't get it twisted..A total badass but humble .

just an all round badass with the humility of a spirituality of. Sharman. absolute Boss

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-19

great book

really enjoyed this book aswell as last one could the description really puts you there

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-20-19

Amazing

Absolutely loved it hearing the story of a true soldier who became one of the greatest

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-18

Story ok but bogged down by too much detail

Story ok but bogged down by too much detail and insight. Have read much better books about similar things