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The Reaper

Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers
Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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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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Very good!

Great listen. incredible story from a record breaking ranger sniper. I highly recommend to people interested.

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Awesome book!!

This book is probably my all time favorite now and am going to start listening to the next one right away!!

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A breathtaking experience of a read

an incredible book. the story pulls you in immediately and you can not stop reading/listening

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Really good

the book was amazing ! I want to buy a real copy of it lol

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  • TK
  • 2018-09-18

Wow, what a life

It would not be for many, let alone everyone, but Nic's life and experiences are worth observing through his eyes for the impact it could have on your own life. It's a story that is inspiring, eye-opening, tragic, enlightening, and all too real. #Audible1

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really good book

I heard about this book watching demolition ranch. he just so happend to be on one of his videos and they were talking about it. and it sounded like an interesting book. And I am very glad that I bought it. I am looking forward to listening to his next book now.

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  • 2018-07-05

War is not Fun.

A first hand account of what the war on terror looked like. Enlightening. Raw. For real.

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Absolutely Riveting Story

I loved this book !
The story was so well done and very easy to pay attention to.
The Narrator did an amazing job on telling the story aswell.

Huge props to Nicholas (The Reaper) Irving on being an amazing author and for sharing such a life changing experience.

Thank you for this book.

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Epic!

I couldn’t stop listening, and didn’t. I enjoyed every minute and wish it could have lasted longer than the day start to finish.

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the best book ive ever herd

I first heard about the book was demo ranch and I thought is sound pretty cool so I searched it up and it's probably the best book I've ever read.

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  • SteveS
  • 2015-11-18

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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  • Carlos Gonzalez
  • 2016-08-17

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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  • John
  • 2016-07-18

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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  • Gary
  • 2015-02-27

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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  • Daniel Kirkpatrick
  • 2016-02-28

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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  • Susan
  • 2016-07-15

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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  • upon1cbr
  • 2015-06-16

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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  • Michael
  • 2015-02-13

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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  • Tom
  • 2015-02-04

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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  • Tyler
  • 2015-07-14

Moderately Okay

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.

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