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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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    bryan Indianapolis, INDIANA, United States 03-08-13
    bryan Indianapolis, INDIANA, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy non fiction almost exclusively and especially love the history of Rome, the conquest of the Americas, and early American history from the founding of the earliest colonial settlements to the Antebellum rise of the United States.

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    Outlaw Platoon is a story of love, brotherhood, pain, suffering, tragedy, and loss. There is no 'upside', this is war. Before you vote to turn our American kids into American soldiers to send them to 'fight for our freedom' perhaps we should all read/listen to books like this.
    It is a harrowing story at times, heart wrenchingly disgusting and tragic at others, but completely necessary to hear. I'm sure this is really just a glimpse into the life of a soldier in Afghanistan but one needs to begin somewhere. I would suggest right here. The only uplifting aspect of this story is the love these brothers in arms share and the sense of duty and honor these men and women posess. I walked away from this with a couple of haunting questions, "What the hell are we fighting for?" "What is winning and how do we do it?"

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    Denny 02-26-13
    Denny 02-26-13

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    "Viet Nam vet review"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlaw Platoon to be better than the print version?

    You can definitly get the feeling of being on site by listening with audio.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It is hard to not understand the feelings of our multi year combat soldiers while listening to this audiobook.


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

    Our combat soldiers get my vote


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Our combat personnel no matter what war or what time in our government history are always outstanding and with a good author their story are always appreciated by veteran and non-veteran folks


    Any additional comments?

    Keep the non fictional war writing coming

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    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 02-14-13
    Allen Plainwell, MI, United States 02-14-13
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    "Best modern warfare narrative I have read"

    Great book with lots of facts about real people and great story-telling. As another reviewer said, "like a modern 'Band of Brothers' narrative". First hand accounts from an officer who was in the field and in the thick of the action and characters that you will dislike and some who will endear you. Great book. I recommend it to anyone interested military history books - Ambrose and WW2 first hand narrative lovers will feel right at home. Will not disappoint.

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    Paul WELCH, MN, United States 02-13-13
    Paul WELCH, MN, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Intense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very personal story. The things that the soldiers go through become very real to the listener. You can feel the authors emotions, and ray Porter does a great job of narrating.


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    William Carrollton, TX, United States 02-12-13
    William Carrollton, TX, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Regular guy defending our country."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlaw Platoon to be better than the print version?

    Audio is all I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Sean Parnell was a regular American with hopes and fears who gave all he had to defend our country.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again, I have only heard the audio.
    Ray is a very good reader and you will enjoy his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction.
    I just enjoyed reading a very good book.


    Any additional comments?

    Go ahead and use the credit.
    It's well worth it.

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    Peter Williamsville, NY, United States 02-06-13
    Peter Williamsville, NY, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A story about what's really going on over there"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlaw Platoon the most enjoyable?

    The book describes the war in a way we usually don't see in media, both the good and ugly side of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The war is seen through the author's eyes and he is the person the reader gets the best picture of.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter s a good narrator and he has the capacity to bring life to the caracters in a way that you hardly get when you read in your own.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a book you can listen to in on sitting without problems.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think most people fully understand what is going on in Afghanistan and how cruel it is. The almost hopeless situation combating talibans that can move in and out of Pakistan makes me wonder if there is ever an end to it. It certainly boosts my respect for the soldiers we have over there.

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    Brad Robina, Australia 02-06-13
    Brad Robina, Australia 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Violently explicit - The way it is."

    This book has been written from the heart, with the emotion of someone who was there and didn't come home the same way he went. A very realistic tale of the horrors of war with a good insight into the way the 'good guys' play war compared to those on the other side.
    If you have a week stomach some of the verbal graphics may be a bit confronting, but not a patch on the hell that these guys endured. On the down side, this was a bit of a 'Ra Ra USA is the best' type story, that could have benefited from a bit of information from the other perspective. Although it is acknowledged that it was the writer's perspective, and he would not have been interested in the other perspective, hence the war.

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    Patrick AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-05-13
    Patrick AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A harrowing story of what our soldiers endure"

    This story brought home the intense and constant dangers faced by a small unit (24 men) of US soldiers near the Afghanistan / Pakistan border in 2007. It is a gritty tale of the war from the rocky ground of Eastern Afghanistan. I liked the details in this book: the key personalities in the platoon, relationships with the locals, and the tactical explanations of the battles. It is a focused and well written book, so much so that I felt truly scared just hearing about these savage battles years later.

    Before this book, I really did not understand the bewildering challenges and near constant threat of attack faced by our soldiers in Afghanistan. Now I have a great appreciation for these outnumbered, exhausted soldiers who managed to thrive in such a hostile environment.

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    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 02-02-13
    Richard Raymond, AB, Canada 02-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow. I had no idea Afghanistan was like this."

    Great book. Definitely worth the read. Occasionally a little contrived but overall very very good.

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    Robert F. Moore Jr. Boston 01-29-13
    Robert F. Moore Jr. Boston 01-29-13

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    "proud of our young men"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I believe the story came from the heart. The author needs a little polish, I don't know if he is a future writer or if he just wanted to tell his story. I am glad I bought the audio version of this story, it touched me so that I bought it on my kindle as well.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Porter?

    yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It angered me at times reading about how some didn't give as much as others but the good thing is that part of the story was glossed over, the author didn't want to really shame anyone unless they really had it coming. I cried at times, especially at the end, when the unnecessarily rotten things happened to the boys.


    Any additional comments?

    I am proud of those boys.

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