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 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.
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.
this book is awesome. I love to listen to modern war books and the best are first hand accounts like outlaw platoon. parnell does a good job with not just telling his story (his story is so amazing that Hollywood couldn't even dream it)but also I love how he honors the men with him by going into detail about his guys ,detailing their vastly different backgrounds and little character quirks. it really feels like you know these men after listening to this book a few times and I feel it respects them much more than if he just generically referred to them as "this private did this or that sergeant did that"such as I've seen done in other books where the author was clearly only out to tell about himself or just never bonded with his comrades enough to know these little things. the only disappointment in the book is the abrupt ending. it leaves me conflicted as I'm hoping there is another story to tell about the deployment extension that is yet to come. even if there isn't this book is in the top 3 to come out of the last wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and I find myself going back to it time and again and listening from start to finish. the narrator is probably my favorite readers voice. Ray Porter I think, anyways he has narrated a few other books that I love and he does a great job. I wish more audio books would put a director and great voice talent behind their books as I think even a mediocre story told well is a better listen than a great story with a horrible narrator.
Absolutely I would recommend this to a friend. Parnell is a modern day renaissance man with a much needed story to tell.
Off the top of my head I would say The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens. Both are educated leaders, tactically savvy and excellent writers.
When Parnell jumps out of his truck and runs past the convoy out to the stranded vehicle and gains the respect of his soldiers.
SPOILER ALERT...When the platoon gets extended at the very end of the book. Very difficult to hear.
This is a soon to be classic that is required reading for all military enthusiasts.
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