While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave
For any civilian who is interested in some of the challenges and experiences of our active duty soldiers, this book will certainly give you a birds-eye view. Some days were boring and some days were exhilarating, but there was never a day where the stakes weren't high. This first-hand account of the Outlaw platoon is written in a clear and concise manner that doesn't downplay nor inflate the heroic efforts of this platoon; the authors share the good the bad and the ugly and allow the reader to be the judge.
I was very engaged in this story and at times didn't want to stop listening. I was a very active listener in that I shed a few tears, I laughed and - at times - I talked back back to it.
As we all know, a narrator can make or break an audiobook. Ray Porter did a great job with the narration, so no complaints there either.
Altogether I was thoroughly pleased with every aspect of this book.
This book is a great read/listen giving you a first hand account of what our troops have gone through in Afghanistan. It's a real, raw gritty insight into the bonds that are forged through war. Hope they bring this story to the big screen soon.
Yes absolutely, Sean Parnell introduces all his men and you feel you know them. You get absorbed into their everyday lives and the futility of us being in Afganistan.
The funeral service at the end.
I'm not overly given to outbursts of emotion but as I was driving I had tears running down my face.
Our young men who fight as they are called by their country to do so, question our so called ally Pakistan.
Poor old USA and her allies who have gone into Afghanistan and try to help these people only to be faced with duplicitous politicians, traitors, charlatans, thieves and liars.
What a waste of our young men called to protect, I weep for the cream of our young men who serve us and are so shabbily treated by the politicians from our respective countries.
The timbre of his voice and the emotion he brought to the story - excellent
Weep for our young men who give themselves to an undeserving people.
Or, Try bringing peace to Islam - futile at best!
Literately - read it and weep.
Of my last 12 years of two books a month, this one is in my top ten.Great story flow, and narration.
The honesty and the blend of details. If you liked Black Hawk Down you'll love this.
the dogs - RIP
well done inflections and accents - didn't overdo it
Sean's relationship with his father is intense and visceral
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Sean Parnell served in Afghanistan and this is his true account of what occurred while he served as the commander of a platoon of 40 elite infantry men. Sean and his platoon formed a family together. That was the only way he ever considered those he commanded. The men named themselves, The Outlaws and they were known by the army as the legendary 10th Mountain Brigade. They all grew to love one another and worked together as a unit when in combat with the opposing side as well as when they were at their base of command. Sean and his platoon watched out for one another at all times. On the very high, as well as low valley's that created the dangerous terrain that makes up the landscape of Afghanistan, the men were a team of brother's. There was a difference about the way the Afghanistan soldier's conducted themselves during the many conflicts that Sean and his platoon had to battle and not be defeated. It was realized quickly, that the Afghan soldier's that they were fighting against had been well trained in how to fight their opponent. Sean and his team of NCO's had to draw up specific plans of how they would have to fight a more aggressive and learned group of Afghan's than what they had expected. Many of their conflicts depended on calling in for extra support. A Delta Force returned from a battle against the Afghan army and they had lost. Their moral was so devastatingly low that they affected all of the other platoon's deeply. It was at this time that Sean and his men vowed to never retreat from battle. During one very intense battle, Sean and his platoon considered the need to retreat. However, all of their Humvee's had been too damaged and there was no escape. Until extra support arrived, Sean had to be their leader and devise an attack that would hopefully save his family. Baldwin had been seriously wounded and his fellow soldier, the medic, threw his body over Baldwin's to save him from death. The medic sustained a serious injury to his cheek when he was hit. Sean pulled Baldwin away from the fighting to safety with Baldwin saying, "I can't feel my legs." The medic gathered himself together, retrieved a weapon and went back to fight and to stop and attend to the wounded, when necessary. This team, group, platoon, family of soldier's would not quit while there was one man standing. They stood together and they would fight together until the bitter end, if necessary.
My favorite character was Sergeant Greg Greeson. He had been in the army for 20 years. When in battle, he conducted himself with such calmness that the other men were amazed. His calmness was felt by his comrades in arms and would bring them back down slowly but surely. He would always be seen with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth and a near beer grasped in his left hand. Greeson's voice was deep and gravely from his three packs a day of smokes. He told Sean, when he retired from the army that he would "work with guns and be an alcoholic." He was one man who knew where he belonged, in a foreign country, in the army and fighting for his country.
Ray Porter was an excellent narrator. Reading the book would never have brought justice to such a great book. His narration was spot on for all of the character's. This proved amazing to me because there were many character's in the book and I could recognize who was speaking. I will look for his name in the future and of course, add him to my list of narrator's who are worth listening to.
Captain, U.S. Army Ranger, Commander Sean Parnell and his Platoon of Extraordinary Men
I'd advise anyone who is interested in this genre of books to not hesitate to purchase this one. You will not be disappointed. The book was emotional, thought provoking and was written by a man who loved his men and wanted the world to know them.
I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
Stories of war frequently fall into simplistic clichés, with portrayals of faultless heroes fighting nameless evil. Sean Parnell though, has avoided all the clichés (well almost all) to write a lucid, engrossing depiction of war in the 21st century.
He provides a rich, complete picture of the infantryman's experience, both physical and psychological, when trying to enforce peace in the face of insurgency. Sean avoids the political issues of why US soldiers are in Afghanistan, but doesn't shy away from the realities that his soldiers face as a result.
The book's most important contributions comprise its examination of the motives of each soldier for going to war, and how the army's organisation, their training, and their battle experience builds the intense brotherhood between them. In this Sean has given a contemporary perspective on a profession as old as human civilisation, that of the warrior.
Parnell keeps your attention, a must listen for those who can not give up there military roots. The recording seems to run at one and a half speed though. I would recommend this to all who are curious about operations in Afghanistan.
The narrative was very well balanced. Great highs and lows. Ray Porter read it PERFECTLY. It was as if Ray was living through Sean. Highly moving tale of brothers in arms in the battlefield and the BS politics at the base.
I had to catch my breath a few times. Almost cried twice. Looked forward to coming home and listening to it after work. Solid book all around.
The last battle. The air commander's command in response to the translation of the enemy's radio communication sent a chill down my spine.
No. I have not heard Ray Porter before. But if he reads all books as well as this one, then I will consider favoring one of his readings the next time I am undecided.
That Pakistan is NOT our ally.
God Bless the members of Outlaw Platoon. Thank you for your service.
no, too many things I want to forget.
Of Course....when the old man warned the troop of invading insurgent soldiers coming to their base.
Thank you for making it personal. What else do we have if not each other.