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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.

©2012 Sean Parnell (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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brotherhood through hell.

only those that have been to war will connect. those last few chapters had me in tears. OEF 2012-2014.

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Good listen.

Often intense moments mixed with context to fulfill what the author was portraying. Be warned, it hold very little to the imagination with some gruesome details. Only negative was some of the mundane descriptions throughout added length with little to add to the story but that was made up for when discussing the details those warriors had to endure.

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I was unknowingly drawn in.

I started listening to this book right after I finished listening to another book which I really liked. There was a contrast in writing style and narration that almost made me set it aside. After just a few minutes I was hooked. I found myself hanging on every word. I was drawn in and didn't even know it. It's a fantastic book with an amazing story.

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Americans!All!

As a veteran of the US Army, I have never been more proud. The soldiers , friends and families that gave back so much to our country should be praised and honored for their devotion and commitment to each other, this great nation and the people of Afghanistan whom they gave all to help.

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A recount of life in combat...Thanks for sharing

Thanks for your service, you and all your men. Outstanding Americans!!
A real tribute to Military service at its best.

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Awesome!

This is an amazing story about the brotherhood of warriors! If you like war stories then Outlaw Platoon is a must have for your collection.

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Fantastic book

I listen to a lot of books, this is the best one in years. I highly recommend.

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will open your eyes <br /><br />

The story is powerful gives you a real understanding on what a lot of the guys went through and how politics can screw with war

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Very well done

I loved every minute of this Platoons story made laugh and cringe but reminded me of the brotherhood I miss

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Very well written

Wow, just wow...smiles, tears, and every other range of emotion will be stirred up by this well written book. This is a story about heroes, they are still out there and they fight for our freedom everyday. Thank you for sharing this Sean Parnell! Thank you for your service and Thank You to all that fought in Outlaw Platoon. God Bless you all.