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
Yes, Ray Porter + downloaded maps make it come to life/death
Honesty Pure honesty about war/combat/leadership delivered with LOVE about how combat creates relationships few get to know, and even fewer talk about.
This man can read the wrapper to a candy bar and make it interesting, funny, and sad at at the same time.
Good inflection and his breathing technique heard just below the surface of the story is incredible, restrained for some sentences, bursting forward with attitude at other times to make the story a living thing not an artifact.
That Love in the end makes the most powerful leadership, combat unit, and fighting possible. That this love that each member of the platoon had for each other and the unit as a whole was in the end greater combined that the total possible.That made this more than a Band of Brothers story, but oddly enough a love story in the midst of pain, anger, shame, betrayal, death and destruction.
Buy this book to give to anyone who wants a perspective devoid of politics about this war. Give this book to anyone who wants to understand the power of love in war and leadership. Give this book to anyone who wants to know what a real hero is, not the PR baggage the media loads us down with but real unselfish love for your fellow man and maybe even your country.
Well written....well read
I have listened to soldiers (who were there in Afghanistan and Iraq),
tell there stories.
The locations may differ, but......
This is Their Story....OUTSTANDING!!!
There is no way you can not have this book in your collection. Sean Parnell and team are who I will direct my children to when they ask what a hero looks like.
What really shone through this story was the deep emotional cost of service in war, the strength of character required and forged, and the caliber of person it requires.
The story itself is well written, Parnell starts slow—developing the characters of the men he loved, making you care for them—and when his writing picks up to match the tempo of their increased combat you are rocked by the tragedies and humanities of these men all the more for the slow start.
I never appreciated my friends in uniform more than during and after this audiobook. Thank you, Lt. Parnell. For your service in Afghanistan as well as the service of insight this book gives to those of us living behind the shield of our military.
The truthful unvarnished nature in which the author tells his story of heroism in combat in Afghanistan, Also, there are some very interesting nuggets of information everyone should know about our enemies in Afghanistan. The news would never tell some of the the facts contained in this book pertaining to the undehanded nature of Pakistan, and the outright acts of war committed by that nation against the U.S. Forces.
House By House by Staff Sergeant David Bellavia
I find Ray Porter to be a master narrator, I have often purchased audiobooks soley for his narration performance.
I've listened to "Lone Survivor", "The Heart and the Fist", and other books from this same genre, and although they describe actions taken by more 'elite' units, this book tops them. The narrator does a really good job, I love the way he reads it. The author's skill in word selection, and the way he paints word pictures, with interesting comparisons and analogies, really worked for me. Awesome book.
This is without a doubt the best book I've got off of audible. I am so proud that men like Sean and his brothers in arms protect this country and fight for us. INTENSE!
How Sean let you know how he felt but could never let the men know what was really in his head
I haven't but I believe I will be soon.
Roberts ridge, lone survivor, because it shows the dedication between the men, the relationships that must exist to keep them going are viewed in an incredibly detailed way.
One of the best books on this conflict without the jingoism and the cliched tales of childhood and training. A very intelligent and insightful book on people under stress. I have 750 hours of listening to audio books and this one rates in the top 5.
This is one of the best accounts I've heard of the Global War on Terror (I know liberals hate that term, but
The accounts of close combat were simultaneously harrowing and magnificent.
I seldom pay attention to who performs the books, but Ray Porter was superb. His ability to give life to the various accents described in the book helped keep the characters separated, allowing them to be distinct individuals.
Actually, the title of the book initially put me off as I thought it might be a
This should be mandatory reading for any Army or Marine Lieutenant setting out to lead troops in combat. Lots of excellent advice on combat leadership.
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