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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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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-09-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 07-09-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    What did you love best about Outlaw Platoon?

    Sean Parnell served in Afghanistan and this is his true account of what occurred while he served as the commander of a platoon of 40 elite infantry men. Sean and his platoon formed a family together. That was the only way he ever considered those he commanded. The men named themselves, The Outlaws and they were known by the army as the legendary 10th Mountain Brigade. They all grew to love one another and worked together as a unit when in combat with the opposing side as well as when they were at their base of command. Sean and his platoon watched out for one another at all times. On the very high, as well as low valley's that created the dangerous terrain that makes up the landscape of Afghanistan, the men were a team of brother's. There was a difference about the way the Afghanistan soldier's conducted themselves during the many conflicts that Sean and his platoon had to battle and not be defeated. It was realized quickly, that the Afghan soldier's that they were fighting against had been well trained in how to fight their opponent. Sean and his team of NCO's had to draw up specific plans of how they would have to fight a more aggressive and learned group of Afghan's than what they had expected. Many of their conflicts depended on calling in for extra support. A Delta Force returned from a battle against the Afghan army and they had lost. Their moral was so devastatingly low that they affected all of the other platoon's deeply. It was at this time that Sean and his men vowed to never retreat from battle. During one very intense battle, Sean and his platoon considered the need to retreat. However, all of their Humvee's had been too damaged and there was no escape. Until extra support arrived, Sean had to be their leader and devise an attack that would hopefully save his family. Baldwin had been seriously wounded and his fellow soldier, the medic, threw his body over Baldwin's to save him from death. The medic sustained a serious injury to his cheek when he was hit. Sean pulled Baldwin away from the fighting to safety with Baldwin saying, "I can't feel my legs." The medic gathered himself together, retrieved a weapon and went back to fight and to stop and attend to the wounded, when necessary. This team, group, platoon, family of soldier's would not quit while there was one man standing. They stood together and they would fight together until the bitter end, if necessary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Sergeant Greg Greeson. He had been in the army for 20 years. When in battle, he conducted himself with such calmness that the other men were amazed. His calmness was felt by his comrades in arms and would bring them back down slowly but surely. He would always be seen with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth and a near beer grasped in his left hand. Greeson's voice was deep and gravely from his three packs a day of smokes. He told Sean, when he retired from the army that he would "work with guns and be an alcoholic." He was one man who knew where he belonged, in a foreign country, in the army and fighting for his country.


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porter was an excellent narrator. Reading the book would never have brought justice to such a great book. His narration was spot on for all of the character's. This proved amazing to me because there were many character's in the book and I could recognize who was speaking. I will look for his name in the future and of course, add him to my list of narrator's who are worth listening to.


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

    Captain, U.S. Army Ranger, Commander Sean Parnell and his Platoon of Extraordinary Men


    Any additional comments?

    I'd advise anyone who is interested in this genre of books to not hesitate to purchase this one. You will not be disappointed. The book was emotional, thought provoking and was written by a man who loved his men and wanted the world to know them.

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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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    Joshua Mobley 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Exhilarating and honest!"

    This book is extremely intense and the author writes with such passion for his men that it cannot be duplicated or faked. Thank you sir you are a great leader and patriot. This world needs more men willing to stand up fight for their brothers as you and your men did. As fellow Army soldier this book was very inspiring and is a must for all who want an honest, NO BS look at the horrors of combat. It will make you thank a veteran.

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    Jesse Allen 05-15-17
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    Chris 05-14-17
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    This book is a story of the heroes that walk among us everyday. Thanks to all that have served.

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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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    Sam 05-13-17
    Sam 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    It is a great story from the writer. In depth and great. Really enjoyed it

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    B. Shawn Manhasset, NY 04-26-17
    B. Shawn Manhasset, NY 04-26-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Highly recommend."

    Outstanding Chronicle of Brothers fight for each in battles where the odds were stacked against them. One of the best accounts of a leader and his men in combat

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    Frank 04-10-17
    Frank 04-10-17
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    "Don't miss this book"

    Insightful, well written and sometimes touching story that puts you on the battlefield in a war zone. Shows how soldiers grow and how they die. Surprising disclosures about how the government and military command sometimes failed our people in Afghanistan. Also shows how resilient and creative our platoon leaders and noncoms are. Just a wonderful experience.

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