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Way of the Reaper

Way of the Reaper

My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper

Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

St. Martin's Press


From the New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-Star of Fox's American Grit comes a rare and powerful book 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 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 sub-sonic ammo, and was the target of snipers himself. Way of the Reaper attempts to place the reader 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.

Readers will experience the rush of the hunt and the dangers that all snipers must face, while learning what it takes to become an elite manhunter. Like the Reaper himself, this explosive book blazes new territory and takes no prisoners.




I’M A HANDS-ON LEARNER. I mean no disrespect when I say this, but because of that, I often felt like much of the time I spent...

Praise for Way of the Reaper

Praise for The Reaper:

Gung-ho account of a sniper's time in adept at discussing the uncompromising minutiae of weapons, tactics and battle staging, the lifeblood of the elite sniper fraternity. —Kirkus Reviews

A breathless, tension-filled account of the day-to-day combat experiences of a sniper in Afghanistan. . . . The real craft is in the book's the artful depictions of battle. Readers are brought into the heat of the fight with white-knuckle anxiety. —Publishers Weekly

"This gritty, unapologetic look into the life of a special operations soldier recounts both harrowing and heartfelt tales from the on-the-job experiences of Irving." - Library Journal

"Gripping... Irving's book is a focused, fast-paced tale that, like Irving, never loses sense of its mission." - San Diego Union Tribune


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Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

NICHOLAS IRVING spent six years in the Army's Special Operations 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, serving from demolitions assaulter to Master Sniper. He was the first African American to serve as a sniper in his battalion and is now the owner of HardShoot, where he trains personnel in the art of long-range shooting, from olympians to members of the Spec Ops community. He also appears as a mentor on the Fox reality show American Grit. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.
GARY BROZEK has co-authored 20 books, including five New York Times bestsellers.

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