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There have been many different versions of John Cena over the years — wrestler, rapper, action hero, comic actor, reality TV host — but, really, they’re all variations of the same thing: He’s a monster. Like, come on, the guy deadlifted 602 pounds on his 40th birthday. What was he doing in a gym on his birthday? Why wasn’t he pounding foot-long margaritas in Cabo San Lucas? Because he was being John Cena. And John Cena never takes a break from being John Cena.
“Way of the Reaper: My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper” is a slightly misleading title for Nicholas Irving’s follow-up to his 2015 best-selling war memoir, “The Reaper.” It suggests a grandiose account of an elite warrior kicking ass and taking names at the very tip of the spear. But the book is much more earnest than that.
Snipers are some of the most mythologized warriors on the modern battlefield; they conjure up images of lone operators behind enemy lines, picking off enemy personnel at huge distances. A new book, “The Reaper,” set to be published Jan. 27 by St. Martin's Press and written by former Army Ranger Nicholas Irving with author Gary Brozek, cuts through all the legends and presents a look at what Irving calls “the direct action sniper.”