The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 40 minutes|
|Author||Gary Brozek, Nicholas Irving|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 27, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,751 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#10 in Afghan & Iraq War Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#12 in Special Forces Military History
#15 in Afghan War
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
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Irving is credited with 33+ kills over a four month span in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger. While his kill tally may have earned him the “Reaper” nickname, this book is not a kill-by-kill record. Instead, Irving opts to summarize seminal events that led him to become a Ranger and a sniper and focus on the moments that impacted him the most. Much of the book centers on the bond and mutual dependency experienced on a sniper team. Irving was paired with two individuals during the course his tour that were quite different. Irving does a good job illustrating his thoughts and actions throughout, giving readers a simplified, but comprehensive view of his experience in Afghanistan. We get a vivid depiction of the harrowing uncertainty facing those serving in such a desolate place.
Irving tells his story matter-of-factly … there are no chest-thumping moments. Despite his prowess with a rifle, Irving presents himself as quite humble, even to the point of relaxing his rank around lower-ranked team-members with longer service records. Rather than detailing every mission, Irving opts to focus on those that he obviously felt were the most challenging and dangerous. His encounter with an enemy sniper known as “the Chechen” is one such mission; one that the author was fortunate enough to live through. Another close call that was particularly interesting was his being hunted by a roaming truck-mounted “Dushka” (heavy machine gun) that had him pinned down in a ditch of raw sewage with no avenue of escape. He details the elimination of some targets, but doesn’t dwell on tallies. In fact, one of the more memorable moments in the book didn’t even involve eliminating a target, but centered on his spotter falling into a “hole” while they were heading to an assigned location at night. This seemingly innocent event proved to be much more involved because the “hole” was estimated to be up to 80 ft. deep and required a difficult/dangerous helicopter extraction. Irving’s last mission proved to be one of the most bizarre combat encounters I’ve ever read about.
THE REAPER is a solid combat memoir; it is certainly worth reading. I found Irving’s account providing a unique viewpoint of the war in Afghanistan. It illustrates that the danger being faced doesn’t simply come from the Taliban, but the environment itself. The book also re-affirms the competence, leadership and fortitude that the American Special Operations soldier is known for.
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Thank you for sharing part of your life experiences.
There will always be those that want to beat records,wish they were there etc but remember the old saying" be careful what you wish for". 💀
His life story chapters are statically placed throughout the book as flashbacks almost and tend to be fairly brief, throwing you straight back intot the action afterwards.
I would highly recommend this book for any wannabe action junkie type like myself (I get my adrenaline fix through reading about people who have more exciting lives). I struggled to put the book down at times, quite often getting in trouble with my wife for my sheer addiction to it.