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.
©2012 Sean Parnell (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
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
good story about combat/army life. recommended for those who have the desire to serve our country. an eye opener inside look at the sacrifices made daily by our men and women. no bs just reality of being a service member. hooah.
This was a great account of what our service men and women go through in combat. It tells the story of why they fight, and that is for country but more so for their comrades in combat, fighting right next to them.
I felt the whole gamut of emotions...fear, surprise, humor, tears. The most unforgettable book I have ever read. Bravo Lt Parnell.
I feel all Americans should listen to this book to get a sense of what are military men and women do to keep us free. I cried, I laughed, but most of all I learned what these men and women are made of, honor, trust, strength, respect, determination and love. My father was in Vietnam. I don't know what he went thru but I can imagine it was hard. All of these men deserve the highest degree of respect! Thank you for your service! ❤
Raw and riveting. Recommend this book to be required reading for all senior high school students for both males and females.
infentary rock, these guys are all amazing. wot they did an saw was horrific. yet they stuck with it true my a great story.
any one interested in this kind of subject will love this book.
"One of the most emotional accounts of modern war i have ever heard"
Alrhough i do not believe all the 'America is the greatest nation on earth' stuff that regularly crops up, this takes nothing away from what is a truly heartful description of life as a leader of troops in Afghanistan.
"Great narration and story telling"
Always a concern starting a new book, having just listened to a great story(like carnivore) this was well written and narrated, more an experience than a story
Hard to say enjoyable with such a subject but no the less it gripped me from the start. There were a couple of occasions when i felt scenes from Saving Private Ryan were being described but that didnt detract from the book. Narrator was excellent so will be looking out for him in future.
"Gritty,Gory and good"
Really good book. Brings home the sheer inhumanity of the Taliban. How these men survived this experience physically and mentally is beyond me.
"A typical day in Afghanistan."
A typical account of US military action in Afghanistan. The book is easy listening and is one that I would recommend to anyone who wishes to understand the operating environment faced by thousand of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Frustration, joy, desperation, elation...they are all there!
"A GREAT BOOK COULD READ OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN"
A fantastic book in the series,i have read all previous books and i think this is another great read the auther has really bought together modern day terrorist issues into the book gripping at times and great characters and a fantastic narator reading the book definatly a 10 out of 10 book and would highly reccomend it cant wait for the the next read.
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