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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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    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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    One of the best books I have ever heard on tape! Amazing story! Thanks for your service!

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    Only a soldier would understand the bond created by shared combat. But, Mr. Romesha has offered an insight that begets a respect from the reader like no other literature I have read. Anyone that does not understand why we honor our veterans should read this. It will change your view of the price of freedom.

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    "Fantastic story about true American heros"

    amazing story including multiple points of view beyond just the author's. it's one of the most complete stories I have experienced.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Platoon to be better than the print version?

    These books are not cheap and when I ordered the Last Punisher I was ready to quit Audible. This book is a professional presentation of the facts and simply the best audiobook I have heard from both content and narrator.


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    I am going to contrast everything against the Punisher book because it was so god awful. This book is wonderful and so well done. No stupid slogans and locker room BS about how bad ass they were, and these guys were badass.


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    The setup to the attack, dooms day no doubt.


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    Didn't cry but listened to it twice to get all the detail.


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    You wont regret it.

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    "Riveting"

    Finished it faster than expected. Was intense, emotional and had me at a loss of words at times. We can't appreciate the heroes who serve until we know their stories.

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    "Great War history book"

    One of The best books in the war history genre. This is just action-packed from cover to cover. It really should be a movie.

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    this is a must read! As a veteran myself there were parts that were heart breaking to hear!

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

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

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