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 was written very well. I'm not a book reader in the slightest. I have trouble sitting still for long periods. Let alone staying interested in a book all the way through. But this true story was simply amazing. Hearing about the trials and tribulations of American soldiers. People who fought, and have died for our freedom! People who sacrificed everything. For people they didn't even know... (Meaning, the citizens of America.)
I was itching to keep the story going. I even purchased a Bluetooth headset. Just to keep it going in one ear while at work. The story was a masterpiece. A journal of a man at war. Including all of the emotions that go with it.
Hearing something like this makes you proud to be an American. Makes you proud of all of the United States soldiers that serve in our great military. Thank you all for your service!
This book was fantastic. I would definitely purchase it again without hesitation! Something I wish that could be forgotten. Just so it could be re-read! Yes, i think it's that good!
Incredibly well written and narrated. The author does an amazing job of taking readers into the hell of war and the hell on earth of Afghanistan. I highly recommend this listen.
I do a lot of commuting and this makes life a little easier.
Really makes you proud to have such great people putting their lives on the line for the USA, regardless of political position on being there or not.
Gripping and insightful, a must read for all politicians and military leaders. Face the true gravitas of sending our fighting men and women into combat, and make sure all unnecessary hurdles are removed so they can succeed. It's your duty!
First, and without any disrespect to Mr Parnell, Ray Porter made this more than just another story of war. Thank you Ray. As for the story, well, there are times you look for a weapon and want to help 1st platoon. Nice job Mr. Parnell. Politics and the military don't mix. Ever. The bond of a common fight never dies.
Although a true story, and written/told with the heartfelt passions that can only be done by one who has been through it, I did not find this book as engaging, dramatic, and moving as those such as Lone Survivor or American Sniper. However, one major difference that this book stressed was the impact of the atrocities of war an the psyche of those that witness it; specifically the brutality of the Taliban on the Afghan children and elders.
As for the performance, the narrator does a good job, but the problem I ran into is that I have listened to Roy Porter reading Raymond Chandler's books and I kept hearing Philip Marlowe's "voice" throughout much of this reading.
Bottom line: I think there are better reads/listens in this genre out there (as stated above), but I did finish this book without any struggle and would recommend it to others; especially those that haven't read/listened to some of the other books on the war on terror.
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"Excellent intense read gives you a brief feel for what it was like to be a soldier in the midst of the battle."
I was a real fan of band of brothers which gave you an intense understanding of the brotherhood experienced by our World War II soldiers.
This book has much of the same feel but gives you a much more modern understanding of the strong relationships that develop among the men within the platoon both in and out of the battle.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was well done.
this book truly allows the listener/reader to see. the sacrifice our brave soldiers make to protect our country. never has a book elicited such a range of emotions fom happiness to sadness to anger. amazing
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