Nick Irving and Anthony Tata’s Third Vick Harwood Thriller Announced

On May 12, 2020, Vick “The Reaper” Harwood returns to action in Reaper: Drone Strike, the latest full-throttle thriller from Nicholas Irving and Anthony Tata. 

Harwood, who was first introduced in the 2018 novel Reaper: Ghost Target, is a fictionalized version of Irving, the real-life Reaper—a title he earned from his time with the Army’s Special Operations 3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment—one of the most accomplished snipers to ever serve in the military.

Tata, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired), commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division, is a bestselling author in his own right—and the force behind the relentless Jake Mehagaen thrillers that have received wide praise, including from the likes of former President George Bush and mega-bestselling author Brad Thor. 

Together, Irving and Tata form a lights-out writing duo, and after two books, it’s clear that Harwood is among the best heroes in the genre today. 

Last time around (in Reaper: Threat Zero), Vick found himself questioning orders after the president handed down a kill-list to hit back at the terrorists who planned and executed an attack on his cabinet after a motorcade carrying their family members was hit on the way to Camp David. This time, Vick and his partner go deep undercover while on a classified mission to help out the Israeli Defense Forces—when things go sideways in a big way. 

Check out the official cover art and plot details below. 


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

On a classified mission to help the Israeli Defense Forces stop a Syrian and Hezbollah invasion to seize the Golan Heights, Ranger sniper Vick Harwood and his spotter go deep undercover. Operating with limited support from the American and Israeli governments, Vick is out on the edge.

Alessandra Cavezza, Director of Operations in Syria for the Italian UN Commission for Refugees, is moving families out of an embattled neighborhood. The nearly vacant suburb has been a haven for anti-Assad forces, ISIS militants, and Russian private military contractors. As she crawls into the basement of a home to help find a young girl’s doll, she finds a secret room that has detailed descriptions of unthinkable attacks on the United States, and falls into the hands of a madman: Jasar Tankian, Lebanese mastermind behind the plots.

As Syrian tanks attempt to push through Israeli defenses at the border, Team Reaper picks off Syrian tank commanders as they battle Israeli tanks, jets, and infantrymen. Combat intensifies as Vick goes black on ammunition. Commandeering a cargo drone to deliver Team Reaper to a landing zone near the coordinates, Vick becomes Alessandra’s—and America’s—only hope for survival.



Fans excited to get their hands on Reaper: Drone Strike, can now pre-order the anticipated third Vick Harwood novel here


Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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