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Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan | [Sean Parnell, John Bruning]

Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.
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Publisher's Summary

In combat, men measure up. Or don't. There are no second chances.

In this vivid account of the U.S. Army's legendary 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle.

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush. Barely surviving the attack, Parnell's men now realized that they faced the most professional and seasoned force of light infantry the U.S. Army had encountered since the end of World War II.

What followed was 16 months of close combat, over the course of which the platoon became Parnell's family: from Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, the wise, chain-smoking veteran who never lost his cool; to Specialist Robert Pinholt, a buttoned-down conservative with the heart of a warrior and the mind of an economist; to Staff Sergeant Phil Baldwin, the platoon's voice of calm and reason, a man who sacrificed everything following the events of 9/11 - career, home, financial stability - to serve his country. But the cost of battle was high for these men: Over 80 percent were wounded in action, putting their casualty rate among the highest since Gettysburg, and not all of them made it home.

A searing and unforgettable story of friendship in battle, Outlaw Platoon brings to life the intensity and raw emotion of those 16 months, showing how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men and how the love and faith they found in one another ultimately kept them alive.

This audiobook is enhanced with a downloadable PDF containing photographs from the hardcover edition.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Sean Parnell (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    "Great Story; too infantry focused"

    This book illuminates the fact that this country STILL produces great YOUNG citizens and warriors, despite not being considered the Greatest generation, etc. From my foxhole, this young leader and his Soldiers ARE the best generation, because what they are doing is relevant. My only complaint is that non-infantry Soldiers were characterized as lazy and unexposed to regular danger. Perhaps this is true, to some extent, but I know more than a few non combat arms soldiers what have been seriously injured or killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the taliban has little sympathy for anyone wearing an American flag; moreover, when they are killed, they are just as dead as our infantry, armor, and artillery brothers

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    justin turnbow 08-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    very good st letting us see the heart of a leader and the evil that our soldiers face

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    C. Taylor 08-07-15
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    "Best War Memoir I Have Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. No-stop action and gut wrenching story.


    What other book might you compare Outlaw Platoon to and why?

    Perhaps No Easy Day? Not sure if one really compares. Perhaps Lone Survivor?


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    The main character is narrated beautifully, and Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson as well. Ray Porter has a way of portraying characters with enough color to really give the story life and a cinematic quality without over doing it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In some parts, especially toward the end Ray Porter seems to be moved by the story himself as he is reading. His voice chokes a bit and I don't think it was acting. His emotional response to the story, as the main character is experiencing it added another level of authenticity and emotion to the story. It is as if you are experiencing what the author was, but also experiencing what Ray Porter is experiencing. I haven't been moved by an audio book the way this book moved me.


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    Buy it and listen. Prepare for a wild ride.

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    Keith 07-23-15
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    "A fantastic account of how things really happened."

    I could not stop listening. I stand in awe of what warriors go through, and still maintain their humanity.

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    This book is powerful and moving, it tells the stories of true heroes. You will find yourself emotionally attached to these strong men.

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    "Whether you've served or know subsumed who has. .."

    Outlaw Platoon will hit you right between the eyes, and in the heart. Parnell captures the warrior bond with precision & love. no matter how tough you think you are, how battle-hardened, if this book doesn't bring you to tears or leave a lump in your throat, then you need to check your pulse.

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    Kent Settlemyer 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    Most of Americans do not know what type of fighting men our country deploys between us and the evil men that are intent on destroying our way of like and freedom. Thank you for such a heart wrenching story of you and your men's sacrifices for us at home in leisure. May we never forget your trials and loses for our sometimes seemingly ungreatful country.

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    "Extraordinary!! Vivid & Personal"

    Lt Sean Parnell does a tremendous job sharing his experiences as a commander of 30 men fighting hearded Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Ray Porter's performance adds great value to making the story even more powerful. Among my top 3 Audible books enjoyed since 2012.

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    "Best audiobook I've ever listen to."

    This book is absolutely amazing. What these brave men went through is unreal and I'm so grateful for their service. The narrator did a great job
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    Mary 07-01-15
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    An amazing book. Must read. Really gives you an outlook on the true cost of freedom through the lives of men willing to sacrifice everything

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