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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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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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I love these stories

Just wanted to give him a manly hug and let him know even though I have no idea what he has been through I am there for him

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Captivating.

I was totally gripped throughout, great detail. The last chapter was very emotional and offers a very real insight into life after the military.

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An amazing story from an extremely wonderful human

I found this book riveting from start to finish. true stories from a true soldier the way it should be. nothing else needs to be said. if you like the real thing pick this up.

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  • 10-08-17

Thought provoking in places, forgettable in others

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I think I was expecting something a little bit like a 21st century "Homage to Catalonia", an infantryman's perspective on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with observations about the country, the people and the situation. But this is mostly straight war-stories of missions undertaken, fire-fights engaged in and enemies killed, and (I feel a little guilty saying this about a real man's combat experiences) they tend to blur together. However there is also a lot in this book that I found absorbing, his insights into the psychological stresses men are under in a warzone, and when they come home, make it worth the cover price and elevate it above simple tales of blood and heroics. Particularly memorable are his discussion of how the need for soldiers to be strong to support their buddies makes it hard for them to open up about their experiences. I also particular liked how the book disabuses the reader of the notions portrayed in some parts of the media that soldiers are permitted to run around playing cowboy and killing with impunity. The constant pressure to prove that each kill was "clean" (legal under the rules of engagement) runs throughout the narrative.

I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a perspective on the lives of the men we as a society send out to do our killing for us, and then like to forget about when they come home.

The narrator is OK, but not outstanding IMHO.

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  • JLS
  • 16-08-16

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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  • camelspider
  • 28-07-17

fantastic book

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

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  • Bobo
  • 03-07-17

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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  • Margaret J Kelly
  • 10-06-17

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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  • JPTMD
  • 29-05-17

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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  • christopher zubris
  • 26-03-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-03-18

it was like Call of Duty

listening to the book was as entertaining as playing a video game a few of the words were mixed up and said wrong like ridicule. besides that I was pleased with everything else and will definitely keep reading Nicholas Irving books

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  • Mntman
  • 07-03-18

loved it

loved hearing about bot his success and his failures. loved hearing about the real life accounts of what our soldiers go thru, gives me a greater respect for them.

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  • Zachary Callahan
  • 05-03-18

Great book if you are in the military

This book does a great job of capturing what goes on mentally during war and what happens when you take contact in training compared to real word scenario

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  • Art
  • 02-03-18

Way of the reaper

Great book, great narration. Amazing look inside the real war and warrior. Much respect for man and his sacrifices. The only detractor was a few of the terms like “Bore sight” were mispronounced or just misread by the narrator?