I was very interested to read The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers by Nicholas Irving because I had previously served in a sniper section and because he was in 3/75. I was able to relate with this book far easier than a book like American Sniper. While American Sniper is excellent, I was not a SEAL sniper so it’s different. My time in 2/75 also helped me closely relate to the story Nicholas Irving was telling.
This was a very easy read. His story is mainly focused on a tour to Helmand, Afghanistan in 2009. It branches off now and again to information about his time in Iraq or to times when he was growing up. However, not so much as to pull you fully away from the story he is trying to tell like many military novels. This was a welcomed change as I have read so many stories of “getting through training” to get to the various units.
We do not get a lot of information about what is happening over in Afghanistan anymore. The media has completely tuned it out even though the war is still on. The information contain in this book is crucial for everyone so that they know what is happening over there. The novels being written by our service members are the history books.
Before starting this book, I read a review or comment somewhere where someone stated that it was excessively gory. My first response is, no it’s not. Everything was a description of events experienced and/or witnessed. Nothing was overly excessive in my opinion. Actually, I thought he held back quite a bit information that he could have included. My second response is, if you think this was gory, you need to re-evaluate the subject matter of the books that you are reading. If reading about a sniper is too much for you, you should choose something else to read. Underwater basket weaving is always an alternative.
One thing I do not like to do when reviewing a book is reveal all the details. You should read the book and learn about them yourself. I will definitely state that The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers is highly recommended.
Thank you for your service Irv!
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