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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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    Larry Woodson MESA, AZ, US 07-10-12
    Larry Woodson MESA, AZ, US 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent introduction to the power of audio books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlaw Platoon to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Ray Porter + downloaded maps make it come to life/death


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty Pure honesty about war/combat/leadership delivered with LOVE about how combat creates relationships few get to know, and even fewer talk about.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mike POUGHQUAG, NY, United States 06-13-12
    Mike POUGHQUAG, NY, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Outlaw Platoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!!!


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    Daniel Fond du Lac, WI, United States 06-08-12
    Daniel Fond du Lac, WI, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More than your average account..."

    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.

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    Bummed Barbie 06-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible insight into our generation's heros"

    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.

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    Book Sponge CAVECREEK, AZ, United States 05-26-12
    Book Sponge CAVECREEK, AZ, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Gutsy and Revealling About Afghanistan"
    What made the experience of listening to Outlaw Platoon the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Outlaw Platoon to and why?

    House By House by Staff Sergeant David Bellavia


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I find Ray Porter to be a master narrator, I have often purchased audiobooks soley for his narration performance.


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    Matthew A. Comchoc 05-04-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Best Audiobook I've Listened to Yet"

    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.

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    Kevin GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 04-10-12
    Kevin GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 04-10-12
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    "Heartbreakingly Good"
    Where does Outlaw Platoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How Sean let you know how he felt but could never let the men know what was really in his head


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I believe I will be soon.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Outlaw Platoon,


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    Travis United States 04-07-12
    Travis United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlaw Platoon to be better than the print version?

    Dont know


    What other book might you compare Outlaw Platoon to and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know


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    Davout Sydney Aus 04-05-12
    Davout Sydney Aus 04-05-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Best book in 750 hours of listening."
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    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.

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    James Lexington Park, MD, United States 03-25-12
    James Lexington Park, MD, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "The story of heros in a hopeless cause"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best accounts I've heard of the Global War on Terror (I know liberals hate that term, but


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlaw Platoon?

    The accounts of close combat were simultaneously harrowing and magnificent.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could give Outlaw Platoon a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Actually, the title of the book initially put me off as I thought it might be a


    Any additional comments?

    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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