This is a great story, and a great read by Ray Porter. (I think he might have also read Ghost in The Wires as well.) This is the kind of book you wish there was a part 3 and 4 too. I highly recommend listening to this book if you are interested in this subject matter. It makes you think as well as laugh out loud.
Truthful account of the war in Afghanistan told by a LT with 10th Mountain. Great stories of heroism and heart wrenching stories of war and what we are up against in the GWOT.
this book is awesome. I love to listen to modern war books and the best are first hand accounts like outlaw platoon. parnell does a good job with not just telling his story (his story is so amazing that Hollywood couldn't even dream it)but also I love how he honors the men with him by going into detail about his guys ,detailing their vastly different backgrounds and little character quirks. it really feels like you know these men after listening to this book a few times and I feel it respects them much more than if he just generically referred to them as "this private did this or that sergeant did that"such as I've seen done in other books where the author was clearly only out to tell about himself or just never bonded with his comrades enough to know these little things. the only disappointment in the book is the abrupt ending. it leaves me conflicted as I'm hoping there is another story to tell about the deployment extension that is yet to come. even if there isn't this book is in the top 3 to come out of the last wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and I find myself going back to it time and again and listening from start to finish. the narrator is probably my favorite readers voice. Ray Porter I think, anyways he has narrated a few other books that I love and he does a great job. I wish more audio books would put a director and great voice talent behind their books as I think even a mediocre story told well is a better listen than a great story with a horrible narrator.
Absolutely I would recommend this to a friend. Parnell is a modern day renaissance man with a much needed story to tell.
Off the top of my head I would say The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens. Both are educated leaders, tactically savvy and excellent writers.
When Parnell jumps out of his truck and runs past the convoy out to the stranded vehicle and gains the respect of his soldiers.
SPOILER ALERT...When the platoon gets extended at the very end of the book. Very difficult to hear.
This is a soon to be classic that is required reading for all military enthusiasts.
I've read, or had read to me, quite a few accounts of the war in Afghanistan told by the men who were there and this would have to be one of the best. Haven't written a review before but wanted to give this book and Sean Parnell props.