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
At this point, I'm actively seeking out war memoirs that are narrated by Ray Porter. The quality of his reading is fantastic. As far as the book itself goes, the writing style is on point and the book easy pulls you in and forces you to feel excited, tense, or angry along with the Rangers as events unfold. This book definitely stands in a class of its own.
If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!
One of the better military history books I've listened to, ever. The performance was well done, other than a couple of mispronounced military jargon words, storyline was fast paced and the book really kept my attention. Normally I only listen while commuting to work, but I found myself plugging in my earphones around the house to listen. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.
Parnell's account should be required reading in college level courses, especially courses geared toward political science and history. The narrative is constructed with keen attention to the physical, psychological and emotional side effects of battle, while illuminating a complex situation/culture in the Middle East. Without the injection of distracting politics and bias, this is one of the best non-fiction novels I have read that outlines the scope of national security bureaucracy from a soldier's honest experience. All Americans should read this book, or listen to Ray Porter's EXCELLENT and engaging narration of the text. Bravo Parnell
I only write reviews of military non-fiction when the book is superb. This one is a must read, one of the best I've read in years.
Absolutely. No-stop action and gut wrenching story.
Perhaps No Easy Day? Not sure if one really compares. Perhaps Lone Survivor?
The main character is narrated beautifully, and Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson as well. Ray Porter has a way of portraying characters with enough color to really give the story life and a cinematic quality without over doing it.
In some parts, especially toward the end Ray Porter seems to be moved by the story himself as he is reading. His voice chokes a bit and I don't think it was acting. His emotional response to the story, as the main character is experiencing it added another level of authenticity and emotion to the story. It is as if you are experiencing what the author was, but also experiencing what Ray Porter is experiencing. I haven't been moved by an audio book the way this book moved me.
Buy it and listen. Prepare for a wild ride.
I could not stop listening. I stand in awe of what warriors go through, and still maintain their humanity.
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