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Red Platoon Audiobook

Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor

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The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the 13-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating, by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for listeners of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.

"'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself - Keating - had become a kind of backhanded joke."

In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after Keating's construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: It was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives.

Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

©2016 Clinton Romesha (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Daniela 05-08-16
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    I have read or listened to 20+ war time or military memoirs and this by far one the most well written, insightful, well-researched and respectful of them all. I highly recommend it and it's well worth your time. This book does a spectacular job of balancing the horror our soldiers face in battle with prospective and distance from the action. The level of detailed description brings the battle to life in ways few non-fiction accounts are able to capture. Thank you for writing this story.

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    This book drew me in and had me breathless and crying. I highly recommend it.

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    "Great Book!!!"

    One of the best books on combat that I have ever read. I highly recommend it.

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    "The best true battlefield account I've heard"

    Clinton Romesha tells the story of the defense of COP Keating in vivid detail. His style is simple and precise, and smoothly zooms between strategic overviews of the battle and individual experiences. Without relying on patriotic cliches, this work truly conveys the skill and bravery of the Red Platoon.

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    linnea woodson nags head, nc, US 08-28-16
    linnea woodson nags head, nc, US 08-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    A supremely detailed account of the battle for COP Keating. The description of the small unit tactics is remarkable. The personal description of the men involved in the battle makes the story all the more gut wrenching.

    I highly recommend having a map of the COP and important surrounding landmarks available from the outset of your research into this battle. These men and the research behind this book deserve your full intellectual energy.

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    "Incredible Details and Passion"

    As a retired Infantryman, I was truly impressed with the details of the story and the passionate telling of the story.
    The true way of life of the Soldiers on the ground is rarely told in a down and dirty fashion, but this book did the Soldiers of today the highest honor of being true to them.

    State Representative Jimmie T Smith

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    Callum Davenport-Lambton california 06-28-16
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    "author should have read the whole thing"

    the narrator doesn't do as good of a job as the author. he should have read the whole thing, not just the introduction.

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    James R. Hyde Meridian, Idaho 06-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The truth about battle."

    I liked all parts of this book. Including, the raw emotions, the different personalities of the soldiers and their bravery under intense pressure. I like the reality that not everyone is suited for battle and some collapse under pressure. This covers the spectrum of humans; we are the same, but different when overwhelmed with stress. They are our heroes, also.
    This book made the war in Afghanistan real to me and not just a spin-doctored story on the news. I appreciated learning what our Veterans truly experienced, and I marvel at their bonding under horrific circumstances.
    I especially appreciate the intense caring for those that lost their lives that day!
    My heart goes out to the families of those that lost their lives and, also, to the remaining soldiers that have those terrible visions, and experiences, that no one should have to carry.
    Thank you all for your service!

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    Abinadi B. 05-29-16
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    "this book does an amazing job"

    great story does a good job remembering the fallen hero's and explaining what really happened at Fort Keating.

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    "A must read for every American"

    A page turner that is at times hilarious and horrifying. It will give you a new respect for our military.

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