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Outlaw Platoon Audiobook

Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

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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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    JWalk Watertown, NY, US 05-13-17
    JWalk Watertown, NY, US 05-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thinking about purchasing? Get it, you'll thank me"

    I was deployed with these guys. Great guys, really miss them.

    I couldn't believe what a good writer Sean Parnell was. I was impressed. Very insightful and well written. I could feel the emotions as I listened to the story being told.

    Very well written book and narration is exceptional.

    If you are thinking about buying it, you should go ahead and get it. You will thank me.

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    Russell Chicago, IL, USA 07-25-12
    Russell Chicago, IL, USA 07-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlaw Platoon the most enjoyable?

    This is a great story, and a great read by Ray Porter. (I think he might have also read Ghost in The Wires as well.) This is the kind of book you wish there was a part 3 and 4 too. I highly recommend listening to this book if you are interested in this subject matter. It makes you think as well as laugh out loud.


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    Nash 07-14-12
    Nash 07-14-12
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    "Great Story; too infantry focused"

    This book illuminates the fact that this country STILL produces great YOUNG citizens and warriors, despite not being considered the Greatest generation, etc. From my foxhole, this young leader and his Soldiers ARE the best generation, because what they are doing is relevant. My only complaint is that non-infantry Soldiers were characterized as lazy and unexposed to regular danger. Perhaps this is true, to some extent, but I know more than a few non combat arms soldiers what have been seriously injured or killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the taliban has little sympathy for anyone wearing an American flag; moreover, when they are killed, they are just as dead as our infantry, armor, and artillery brothers

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    Emily 11-11-17
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    "amazing voice actors and retlling of our heros."

    great reading and voice acting. craved to hear the next chapter. great retelling of the story of our nation's heros and men i can luckily call brothers in arms.

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    "one of my favorites"

    This book is one of my favorite. the amount of detail in the thought process of a platoon leader in a battle is incredible.

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    James F. 10-11-17
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    "Great book. Great story and incredibly well told. "

    It's absolutely amazing how well we've done in Afghanistan!!! Soldier's like these are the reason why. Well done Outlaw Platoon. God bless and keep you all.

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    Ross Williamson 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this book"

    Possibly my favorite covering the afghan war. The writer personalizes the members of his team, struggles and victories. He displays a warriors dedication to his men and the mission. Thank you for your service and that of your men.

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    Linda tampa, FL, United States 09-25-17
    Linda tampa, FL, United States 09-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I've ever listened to!"

    I've listen to hundreds of audiobooks, this is the best book by far. It will stay with me for a long time.

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    Jim James 08-30-17
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    "Everyone should..."

    This is an incredible story of men and war so well written and told at times your adrenaline rose as you felt for that split second you were there. My utmost respect thankfulness and honor for all in Outlaw Platoon, you are America and all that's good about her, may God Bless those men and there families.

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    K. Subra 08-30-17
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    "A gritty account of love and loyalty"

    A sobering and yet warm account of love and loyalty that developed amongst a platoon of men under amazingly difficult conditions. Shocking, yet also heartwarming.

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