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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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    I felt the whole gamut of emotions...fear, surprise, humor, tears. The most unforgettable book I have ever read. Bravo Lt Parnell.

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    I feel all Americans should listen to this book to get a sense of what are military men and women do to keep us free. I cried, I laughed, but most of all I learned what these men and women are made of, honor, trust, strength, respect, determination and love. My father was in Vietnam. I don't know what he went thru but I can imagine it was hard. All of these men deserve the highest degree of respect! Thank you for your service! ❤

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    These Men Make Me Proud To Be An AMERICAN!!! What they did and do for our freedom is what our country is built on!! Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!!

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    Not only was the story completely engaging, but finally a person who can read a military memoir with emotion and expression! I listened to the whole book in a day while I was working. It's full of ups and downs and engaged me from the start. I highly recommend this book if you're into military memoirs. Not for the faint of heart, it's well written and offers an honest and raw view of what it's like to be in an infantry platoon in Afghanistan. These men's trials and tribulations had me laughing and crying. It was so well read aloud that I often stopped during difficult moments of the story to listen. I could hear the emotion in the narrator's voice. I highly recommend this book and thank you to our military!!!

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    A must read. But be prepared because you wont want to put it down.. Words cant describe the graditude I feel for the heros of Outlaw Platoon I feel like I kmow them. And thank you to Mr. Parnell for sharing his memories of his deployment with us all.

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    Intensely personal account of a young officer's struggle to lead from the front and never let his men down. Be careful, because as you listen you may realize that you could never be as courageous as Parnell and the men of the Outlaw platoon. JCW Manteo, NC

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    When you sleep safe and comfortable in your bed, these are the men that make it possible. This story of sacrifice, Honor, and Duty are what makes this country great. This story will make you rethink passing by a veteran again without stopping to thank them or pick up their tab. What we owe them is beyond comprehension, but this will give you a window.

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