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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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    What made the experience of listening to Outlaw Platoon the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Excellent story telling. It is not one of those "Americans are all hero" type books. The guy who read the book was also outstanding...

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    A gripping, first person account of combat in a modern infantry platoon. Ray Porter's narration is exquisite. This is an emotional rollercoaster.

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    "Never dull, a great read!!!"

    A well written story about war and the relationships that develop in theatre.

    I thought the narrator was a perfect choice for this book.

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    This is a great and inspiring work I shed many tears but I was also very inspired. these men showed incredible Courage and they had incredible leader who's also A gifted storyteller

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    "Heroes sharing their stories"
    Where does Outlaw Platoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sean Parnell's book is right up there with Marcus Luttrell's two books and with Chris Kyle's book.


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

    Outlaw Platoon is as good as Lone Survivor, Service and American Sniper. It is great that the military heroes that have fought to keep us free are willing to tell their stories and that of the men with whom they have served. Every American should thanks every one of them for their service to this great country,.


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    almost missed 2 finals the last 2 days, but it was worth every damn second!

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    Great book, couldn't stop listening until the end. The only problem I had with the reading is the way that the reader mispronounced military terminology. Other than that the performance was great.

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    I have no words, only the deepest respect for the men of Outlaw Platoon. Thank you for your service, may your fallen rest peacefully, and may your story live on.

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    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.

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