Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
The story is so real you can almost smell the stench and feel the grime and heat sapping every ounce of energy you have. Welcome home, Brothers!
This is a true account of exactly what our troops are facing in Afghanistan. The day to day life of our soldiers, including truths that you won't hear from the media or our government.
Exposing the facts that our troops are fighting with their hands tied behind their backs.
The main character.
As an ex military this story invokes anger at our government.
Yes. One of the best modern day non-fiction books I have had the pleasure to read or listen to.
Very insightful into the military actions in Afghanistan.
Mr. Porter nailed this one. He is one of the top narrators I have heard. This book was well written to begin with but I think this is one of the few books I can say I probably enjoyed listening to MORE than reading.
Roller Coaster Ride
Voice intonations were excellent. The battle scenes kept you on the edge of your seat. Traveling in the mind of Parnell provided great insight to the challenges and emotional upheaval. The story was concise yet put you thru a range of emotional experiences. Important lessons of life learned thru appropriate responses to adverse circumstances.
Ray Porter did a fantastic job of playing all the characters.
There were many times I "could not put the book down". This book captures you the entire time.
I have listened to several books on the middle east conflict. This book is head and shoulders better than Lone Survivor and American Sniper--actually, there is no comparison. I highly recommend this book.
Yes - It was gripping
I was sorry when this ended - I was held captive by every word. But be prepared for some grim details about the insanity of war.
yes to pick up the little things i may have missed
the book help to understand what our troops are going thur and to learn the culture of the afgans
the tones in his reading
yes cried many times and laughed
This is a very well written story. Very good narration. The author does a great job of tell all the details of action, which you would expect, but his reflection on leadership, the love for his men and how, even in war, the human spirit is limitless is what makes this a great book. One of the best books I've read. If you want to lean about leadership, horrors of war, the bond of people who care for each other in ways that many will never obtain, and want to laugh, and cry, then this is your book.
OUTLAW PLATOON is the account of a 24yr old US Army Ranger who was commander of a 40 man infantry platoon that became known as the Outlaws.This is an unforgettable story of friendship in battle it shows how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men. It emphasis how the love and failth they had in one another kept them alive.
If I ever have the opportunity to meet Sean Parnel, I will expect him to speak in Ray Porter's voice.Throughout the book,I felt that like the author was telling me the story. Outlaw Platoon is so well written and narrated I actually felt like I was there alongside this platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan. I could see the terrain, I got to know the characters personally. I became so invested in these men that I stopped what I was doing and listened in suspense in several parts (something that rarely happens no matter how good the book!)
I whole heartedly recommend this book. Though I do warn you, there is some bad language (how could there not be?) and some graphic war scenes that aren't pretty - but then neither is war!
I previously read Outlaw Platoon and was touched by the revealing look at the thoughts and struggles of a young combat infantry platoon leader. In telling the story, the author provided the humanizing bits showcasing the personalities and heart of his men that made you care about them, at the same time describing the battles they fought in gritty and vivid detail. I decided to add the audiobook to my collection and was very pleased with it.
I would compare the feelings evoked by reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell to those Sean Parnell brought out reading Outlaw Platoon.
His speaking cadence did justice to the first person telling of the story, both the stressful combat scenes and the light hearted moments.
I highly recommend Outlaw Platoon, both the book and the audiobook to anyone interested in what it was really like fighting in Afghanistan and an insight into the brave men who willingly go into harms way on behalf of the United States.
An amazing well written book that shows the war in Afghanistan from the eyes of the soldier not the media. Should be considered mandatory reading for all new Lieutenants out of ROTC, OCS, and West Point.