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The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers . Reaper: Ghost Target: A Sniper Novel (The Reaper Series) by Nicholas Irving's book is a focused, fast-paced tale that, like Irving, never loses sense of its mission . Editorial Reviews. Review. “A gripping account from a man whose lethal aim took out 33 Add Audible book to your download for just $ Deliver to book. The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by [Irving. The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers Copy, Advance Review Copy) to get the word out about the book and get reviews.


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The Reaper by Gary Brozek and Nicholas Irving - book cover, description, Title: The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers. The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers. Nicholas Irving, with Gary Brozek. St. Martin's, $ (p) ISBN. Nicholas Irving is a former special operations sniper in the 3rd Ranger Battalion for the U.S. military. He is now working as a reality TV personality. Contents. 1 Early life; 2 Books; 3 Career; 4 Personal life; 5 See also; 6 References with Gary Brozek The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.

Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Reaper by Nicholas Irving. The Reaper: Gary Brozek. 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 bestselling tradition of American Sniper and Shooter, Irving shares the true story of his ext 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 bestselling tradition of American Sniper and Shooter, Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of , when he set another record, this time for enemy kills on a single deployment.

From the brotherhood and sacrifice of teammates in battle to the cold reality of taking a life to protect another, no other book dives so deep inside the life of a sniper on point. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Reaper , please sign up. It says the release date is end of January. How are people able to read this book already?

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What an interesting, fast paced read this turned out to be. We follow Nicholas Irving from his youth as an unruled wild child, and watch him grow into a disciplined Army Ranger Sniper. I loved his flashbacks to how mom and dad were so influential in helping him develop and mature. There was never a dull moment as I enjoyed hearing about his struggles as a newly enlisted peon in the US Army.

The book advances quickly to Irving becoming a sniper and immediately being deployed to fight the war on terror against the taliban. I especially loved hearing about some of the missions they engaged in.

Snipers are a competative bunch and it takes a special breed to be able to accomplish what they do. It was easy to understand how difficult it could be to manage living two different lives.

One, as a deadly sniper, and the other, a loving husband. This is action packed and honestly gruesome at times. I loved the interaction between and competitive nature of the snipers. There are often flashbacks of things that happened earlier in Irving's career that influence his actions on missions, which was nice, but at times became somewhat confusing.

Overall, the verbiage is very simple and easy to follow, even for a nonmilitary reader like myself. I could easily recommend this book to someone looking for an action packed, non fiction book. View all 12 comments. Dec 11, Dan Curnutt rated it really liked it.

Very interesting first person story of the life of an Army Ranger Sniper and is time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nicholas Irving will give you a view of his young life and his desire to join the Military. He will not reveal any major earth shattering secrets, but he will give you a good look at the mindset of a young man who grows up to become one of the deadliest snipers the U.

Military has trained. What I found so interesting was the honesty of Irving. He shares some of his deep fears, things th Very interesting first person story of the life of an Army Ranger Sniper and is time in Iraq and Afghanistan. He shares some of his deep fears, things that most warriors probably would never share with others.

Thus he shares them and you see how human he truly is. I appreciated his honesty about a fear of heights, a fear of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

But what is so true is that a man can put his fears behind him and do things that show courage in the overcoming of those fears. I learned some good things from Irving's book, I learned how they could go from sound asleep to out on a mission within just a few moments. I learned how you can never fully know what you are walking into. I learned that just because you are a sniper doesn't mean that you sit far back from the action and take shots from a safe distance.

No, sometimes you are right on top of the action and in the thick of things. His deployment coincided with a build up of Taliban efforts in the Kandahar province. Thus each time they left the base they were almost assured of walking into a firefight. But most of their action was the aspect of trying to capture their target alive, this would provide further intel for further actions.

The story is well written and I would attribute that to Gary Brozek. But the action is all about what Nicholas Irving and his unit and the action they faced.

The story is done in a humble manner. Irving isn't the only sniper in the unit and he gives good credit to the other men that he served with.

I found the book educational and inspiring. Nov 13, Keith rated it liked it. This book will make some people very uncomfortable.

And rightly so - it contains graphic depictions of people being killed and wounded, and several other very unpleasant and difficult situations. It also is a description of someone who is charged with killing people, and who takes a certain amount of pride in how well he does that job.

I've read a fairly good amount of military books, war biographies and memoirs. Some of them are very very good, like the works of Robert Leckie and Eugene Sledge. M This book will make some people very uncomfortable. Many are average, and a great deal are truly awful. The better ones tend to be, not unsurprisingly, written by professional writers who are describing their own experiences in combat, such as Leckie.

BTW, I was given this book by the publisher, in exchange for a possible review of it. It's hard to get a sense of a person in an autobiography written with a ghostwriter, as author Nicholas Irving did with his co-author Gary Brozek. So much of a story like his comes down to who he actually is, how he tells his own story, how much of a feel for the real man we get in reading his book.

That's much harder to do when what we are reading is filtered through the writing style of a ghostwriter.

The name of this book put me off. The Reaper. It felt self-aggrandizing, and made me think that I was picking up another look-at-me-and-how-great-I-am-for-killing-people kind of book, a feeling I got when I read the late Chris Kyle's service memoir. The first few chapters didn't do a lot to change that impression.

It very well may be that the title was a product of the publisher - it's hard to deny that it's catchy and grabs the eye. But I'm glad I held on and finished the book. I don't know whether it was me and my preconceived notions about the work finally being overtaken by the story itself, or if the writing got better as I went along - but as I was nearing the end, I realized that I at least felt I had some idea of the character of Irving, and why he was telling us this story.

I stopped over-analyzing and judging, and just read. Chapter six, "The Chechen Comes Calling", and the chapters immediately after that one, were very engaging, and again, this is when I felt I was beginning to recognize and understand Irving a small amount. It also became clear to me as I neared the end that all of Irving's combat experiences took place before he was 24 years old, a very young age to have to come to grips with being a quite successful professional killer.

It's the military's job to kill people and break things. It's very difficult for people who have not been in that situation to hear or read about the satisfaction and even joy that some feel when they do their job well. Despite my own military background, I sometimes share that discomfort. This is a tale well told, and for good and bad, Irving opened up very private experiences for other to read and learn from.

I respect and salute his service, and his honesty. View 1 comment. This was quite the harrowing account of one sniper's most dangerous deployment in the Middle East. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time reading this, often full of patriotic rallying, and at times with understandable disillusionment, frustration, and grief, as the political complications intensify.

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Not merely a simple recalling of facts and numbers, but a detailed story with heart stopping combat action. All the more impressive and impactful knowing it's true. Nov 11, Conny rated it really liked it Shelves: I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I was deeply touched by the book.

I had no idea what it would be like for our young men and women to be off at war other than what I have seen on the news or read in the paper, but with this book the author gave a glimpse of what a sniper faced during his deployment.

With all the danger and death that Irving faced every day it is easy to forget that all this happened before he even turned I know this book will stay with me for a long time and I won I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I was deeply touched by the book.

I know this book will stay with me for a long time and I wonder if we really do enough for all of our service men and women when they come back from war?

Jan 23, Krystal rated it really liked it Shelves: I am giving this book 4 stars, even though I could not relate to this book for the first 6 chapters so I don't really have much to say about it before that point. Being the target of someone else's reaping wasn't something I'd ever even considered before that day. I think the ending of the book is a perfect description of how PTSD works and gives you a better idea of what happens to a soldier newly back from the war.

However, I will say I was a little bit disappointed by this book as well, mostly because I read it to better understand the psychology of a soldier and I didn't feel like I really got that. I already have issues with the subject matter but felt that I should give the book a chance. I'm glad that I was given the opportunity by netgalley to review it. I would suggest though if you aren't into politics or trying to understand the war in the Middle East that you be aware of the fact that it does deal with that the entire way through.

It's not a book for the faint of heart. Jun 10, Rex Fuller rated it really liked it. Very enjoyable. The effort, pain, anxiety, stench, joy, heartbreak, adrenaline, exhaustion, and cam Very enjoyable. The effort, pain, anxiety, stench, joy, heartbreak, adrenaline, exhaustion, and camaraderie. Outstanding book.

Nick does a great job of humanizing his profession in the sense that they aren't a bunch of savages out to collect a body count. He's introspective about his path, and it shows in his work, both in this book and as a sniper in the Ranger's sniper section.

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His writing comes off as very personal which, I KNOW it has to be , and his story strikes a close chord with me. I walked out with my head held low.

I can't tell you how glad I am to hear that someone broke through that and succeeded at the highest level. As much as I wanted to be a SEAL in those early-to-mid nineties days of my youth, the onrush of stories coming out regarding the Army's elite Ranger Regiment should make any adult do a double-take and any young person wanting to serve our country take a long, hard look at the Ranger Regiment. Nick's story takes a backseat to none of them!

Fantastic and highly recommended! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I seldom read autobiographies, but this book caught my eye on Netgalley and I was intrigued by the description. That's much harder to do when what we are reading is filtered through the writing style of a ghostwriter.

The name of this book put me off. The Reaper. It felt self-aggrandizing, and made me think that I was picking up another look-at-me-and-how-great-I-am-for-killing-people kind of book, a feeling I got when I read the late Chris Kyle's service memoir. The first few chapters didn't do a lot to change that impression.

It very well may be that the title was a product of the publisher - it's hard to deny that it's catchy and grabs the eye. But I'm glad I held on and finished the book.

I don't know whether it was me and my preconceived notions about the work finally being overtaken by the story itself, or if the writing got better as I went along - but as I was nearing the end, I realized that I at least felt I had some idea of the character of Irving, and why he was telling us this story. I stopped over-analyzing and judging, and just read.

Usually it would never worked out. I would get in trouble for it. So I had to learn discipline. Discipline was the biggest obstacle I had to overcome joining the military.

I was not a good kid. And how would you describe yourself when you left the Army? Oh, man. I loved combat. I loved deploying.

I had a hot temper. I was still young — about 24, 25 — and I was going into contracting. My last deployment as a contractor was So it took me a while to get out of that mindset. Then calming down on drinking. I had to find a job and stuff like that, and I still wanted to maintain a habit of alcohol. I learned really quick how fast you can blow through a deployment savings on alcohol.

It was a couple of years of losing a lot of stuff and almost being a homeless vet. I think it could be for many reasons. It could be that they miss the rush, and the thrill of deployment, and getting shot at, and their guys. I had to struggle with that myself. What do you hope young soldiers can learn from this book?

Be yourself. It made me better on the next training exercise. Better on the next shot. But no one is that way.Something exploded as he pumped seven rounds into a car. A realistic account of a snipers war actions in Iraq. Views Read Edit View history. Jun 06, Brent rated it really liked it. They need dedicated people like him, he says — he just needs occasional assistance reading maps.

They could not explain how he survived the fall; I would say it was a miracle.

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