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
I've read, or had read to me, quite a few accounts of the war in Afghanistan told by the men who were there and this would have to be one of the best. Haven't written a review before but wanted to give this book and Sean Parnell props.
The author takes you through his combat tour of duty as an infantry platoon's leader in Afghanistan. It's well written account covering the intensity of battle through to navigating base politics. Parnell is a great leader of men from whom there is much to learn in this book. I was left with a solid understanding of the formidable enemy our armed forces have engaged with in Afghanistan and the depth and breadth of the sacrifices.
This is a good book that puts you on the ground with a platoon fighting in Afghanistan. When I was listening to this book I kept thinking that this could be made into a movie. You really got to know the individual platoon members and the narrator did a excellent job of changing his voice for each character and stayed consistent throughout the book.
Loved Hunger Games, Ender's Game & Michael Vey. Looking for similar books.
The grit, the determination, the fear, the pain, the details and the overall feeling of being there in the Hindu Kush. I felt like I was with the men on patrol.
reminded me of Lone Survivor, but way way way better
He did them all great!
Get this book!
Conservative, politics, history, classics, Ambrose, twain, Steinbeck, Hemingway, my first audio book was the old man and the sea. Addicted.
Action packed...educational, why the afghans suck, and we have the greatest soldiers in the world.
Want to know what combat is really like
The every day courage of our fighting men
we give countries (Pakistan) billions and get stabbed in the back, and the politicians let them get away with it.
With our "busy" lives, we forget that some Americans are duty.
Absolutely! Written performance and Ray Porter is the most engaging Narrator out there!
Side by side, by staff sergeant David Bellevue.
The 2nd lieutenant... Main character
When the main character was home on leave and how his perceived new family was still at war. Really accurate.
I like the story of service and the sacrifice of the men that every American should honor.
Stop the flash backs. Everytime the story gets into action the author flashes back and the story drags on. If they cut the flash backs out the book it would be a third shorter.
As long as there was no flash backs.
I smile at books more than I smile at people. Unknown
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.
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