‘Reaper: Threat Zero’, The Next Vick Harwood Thriller from Nick Irving and A.J. Tata, Announced

“Think Jason Bourne meets Bob Lee Swagger,” that’s how #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor described Vick Harwood, one of the thriller genre’s best new heroes, and the star of a new series from Nicholas Irving and A.J. Tata. 

First introduced in Reaper: Ghost Target (which came out earlier this year), Harwood, one of the most deadly snipers in the history of the United States military, dazzled readers as he took on a dangerous enemy and fought to clear his name after he was framed for a series of high-profile murders he didn’t commit. Now, Irving and Tata are gearing up to release the second book in their fan-favorite franchise, titled Reaper: Threat Zero, which will hit bookstores on May 21, 2019. 

Back in May, I interviewed both Irving and Tata, who each teased book two. “There’s a whole new world that Vick has to figure out,” said Irving at the time. “Just as in real combat against terrorism, no matter how many targets you eliminate, there seems to always be tenfold more to take their place. We can definitely expect to see Harwood on paper again!”

Adding more context, Tata told me during our Q&A, “you will see a more focused Vick Harwood. The story arc in Ghost Target had him recovering from traumatic brain injury, giving him memory lapses. While not 100% healthy, Harwood has his full range of skills in Reaper: Threat Zero.”

See the official plot details below. 

9781250127365_FCThe next book in the explosive new thriller series by former special operations sniper and New York Times bestselling author of The Reaper.

A convoy of cars carrying several family members of the President’s cabinet to Camp David for “Family Day” is ambushed, killing and wounding wives, husbands and children.

Immediately in the aftermath, Vick Harwood watches a Facebook live feed of his former ranger buddy Sammie Samuelson’s apparent suicide and confession in his Thurmont, Maryland apartment, just one mile from Camp David. Remnants of a firefight are in the background: sniper rifle, rocket launchers, and ammunition. Simultaneously, an intruder breaks into Harwood’s house.

Harwood arrives in Thurman to investigate the suicide and, with the help of his whip-smart and attractive neighbor, traces evidence left by Samuelson to a transnational terrorist group.

Meanwhile, the president wants retribution, and will stop at nothing to get it. Harwood and Stone aren’t sure about his plan for revenge, but are forced to exact the first step of his plan. With an unknown tracker following them, the team journeys from Tehran to Afghanistan to North Korea, Harwood struggling to balance his order with his sense of right and wrong—without losing his life in the process. It is a race to find Samuelson’s family, as Harwood attempts to protect them while also clearing his name.


Nicholas Irving is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reaper and Way of the Reaper. He’s spent six years in the Army’s Special Operations 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment, serving from assaulter to Sniper Team leader. He was the first African American to deploy in the G.W.O.T 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 appeared as a mentor on the Fox reality show American Grit, and has consulted on various movie films and t.v. shows. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

A.J. Tata, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired), commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. His last combat tour was in Afghanistan in 2007 where he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. He is the author of seven national bestselling novels, including books from The Captain Jake Mahegan and Threat Series. He is the National Security Expert for One America News Network and a frequent foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News and CNN.

Fans excited to get their hands on the next Vick Harwood thriller can now pre-order Reaper: Threat Zero, the explosive second novel from Nick Irving and A.J. Tata, available May 21, 2019, wherever books are sold. 

Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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