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
"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
I like every bit of what I listened to; and didn't give a break till I completely absorbed the materials. great tool for current and future warriors. The world is extremely hostile and you gotta be prepared with everything of yous to face such daring enemies.
This is the first book I think I would actually listen to a second time. Gives the reader a view into the life of military patrols in the desert. It drew me right back in. Wanted to grab an M4 and get busy!!
Tha battle where the Outlaw platoon was just about over run.
If you like books that cover good battles this one is for you! The naration by Ray Porter is one of the best I have ever listened to. He takes on the personallity of multiple characters and makes the book an awesome experience. I will definately look for more books narated by him!!
I'm a 4th generation native of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. A beautiful, Victorian era village located in the midst of the Ozark Mountains. I love history and in fact I am a tour guide and somewhat of a local historian.
I will admit I have been biased recently with all of the SEAL Team stories, so I hesitated on this book. I am so glad that I bought it though. An excellent book and fabulous and exciting, adrenaline pumping and sometimes tear jerking story. You won't regret getting this book.
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Enjoyable is not a word I would use in the experience of listening to this book as it is so compelling.
The whole story itself. The way the author told the story of himself and his men and how much they gave and gave up in the battle for our country. I feel that folks who do not read or listen to these stories have absolutely no idea what these men and women go through each and every day they are 'in country'.
By the end our hearts were broken. My husband is a wounded Viet Nam vet so he actually knows how terrible the whole situation is.
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