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Red Platoon

A True Story of American Valour
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: History, Military
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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 its 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 defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

©2016 Clint L. Romesha LLC (P)2016 Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

This is a tremendous story of courage, sacrifice and the will to survive. Though you see the theme occur in most war memoirs, it is nonetheless amazing what a a bunch of regular dudes from all over the place can do when they come together as a unit. The Army, their training and their commitment to each somehow create something that is truly unbreakable. They denied the enemy their prize and in the process once again proved that american soldiers rise to any challenge.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I look at a platoon as entity and the men that comprise it are just facets of its personality and capability. To me, this story is more about Red Platoon than any of the individuals that make it up. Their collective ability to embrace a horrible situation and find a way to keep fighting and survive is very uplifting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The Army has a way of making poor decisions that at the time seem like a reasonable decisions. It made me sad that these soldiers had to pay the price for something that started as finger pointed at a map in a briefing by a staff officer long before these guys came in country. Its upsetting that despite all the good reasons not to put COP Keating where they did, they did it anyway. Hindsight is 20 20 but I wish someone with courage in a high level position would have followed what that knew was right and close that COP long before they did. It was so obviously a disaster waiting to happen. The fact the battle did not need to happen and should not have happened does not take away from the valor of the soldiers and airman demonstrated.

Any additional comments?

Americans should do all they can thank and employ veterans. They gave us everything we have, they asked for nothing in return yet deserve our complete gratitude.

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The Best Audible book I have heard yet.

Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

Yes because it kept me on the edge of my seat.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Platoon?

A story of true American hero's battle to fight for our country and the men they served with. Brought me to tears when one of them would die. The men in this book should never be forgotten.

What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

Excellent

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Phenomenal book, start to finish

I loved every minute. Sometimes it was so intense I had to stop the book and take a breather.

Makes me grateful of our country's heros!

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Great read....

Loved it. As a USMC veteran I was astounded the the Army leadership and planners put a COP in such an indefensible position... These soldiers (most at least) were damned determined heroes. I cherish and revere them for their sacrafice.

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This book has got to be made into a movie.

The accounts are riveting. I kept referring to the Internet for geographic look at the occurrences. Fabulous book. I finished it in one day.

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A great book written by a proven American Hero

This is a story of war which every U.S. citizen should read.

I first gained an in-depth awareness of the events which led to this book by reading Jake Tapper's book. I walked away from it with the strong sense that the higher ups in the Army had miss-served these men, and befuddled by how any middle to upper tier leader could have created the circumstances that allowed this situation to occur. The men at Keating were betrayed by there upper level leaders and a tragedy resulted. Good men on the ground did their best, some survived and all were hero's, nonetheless none of the men should have been at Keaton.

This book fleshes out the details that only one who was there for the full events could. Clint Romesha lived every minute of the final attach on Post Keating. He tells the story in a way a Marine of honor and one who was awarded our countries highest military award based on his action in the events that occurred at Keaton should. He relives the events and provides full detail. The facts are there, the heroism of those involved is well documented, and the reader is left to reach his or her own conclusion. While we can be outraged at the upper echelon, this book demonstrates the committed that soldiers develop for each other and the extent they will go to help each other in situations that those who have not been their would almost call suicidal. We are fortunate to have young men, who will sacrifice their youth to serve their countries needs.

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  • Dan
  • OVIEDO, FL, United States
  • 05-13-16

What a story! Well written book and great narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book. The book really helps to set the listener in each situation described in the book.

What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

This book paints the true picture how these heroes worked so hard to defend their outpost and work together as a team to save their brothers.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's so hard to understand how the top military leaders could put our military in what was certainly a situation where the inevitable could occur and once it did, the support was not there as soon as it should have been.

Any additional comments?

This is a must read book for every American. This is another great Audible that will listen to again and again! God bless and watch over our military.

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America needs to know

It amazes me how little we heard of such battles and bravery. Thank you veterans for all you do and have done.

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Incredible Story!

Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

First off. I accidentally wrote this review for the "Summary of Red Platoon". Since Audible does not allow you to edit it, I had to leave it. So, if you read the "Summary of Red Platoon", you will see the exact same review. Even though I haven't read it yet!

Yes. It was an incredible story and a brutally honest account of the engagement from SSG Romesha and those who were there.

What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration from Will Damron. The narrator can ruin a good book, or make a not so good book better. This was a well written book with an outstanding narrator. Home run!

Any additional comments?

Incredible, engaging, story. Very well written. Very well narrated. Everyone should read about the sacrifices of those who serve to keep us safe. Anyone who served in the Military would appreciate and identify, in some way, this book.

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Excellent listen!

Where does Red Platoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very compelling book. Ranks up there my favorites. Tough to turn off and wait for next line. No dull moments and over time you felt as if you were there.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Testimony of Valor

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  • jamie
  • 11-05-16

really gopd

I found it difficult at first to listen to the narrators voice but once I was used to it the book was enthralling. strongly recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-19

outstanding from start to finish.<br />

love fish from start to finish so very well written story and extremely well read

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-19

A harrowing story, excellently read and written

It is a incredible book only able to be written by those who were there

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  • john lafferty
  • 06-17-19

Utterly gripping from start to finish

Fantastic writing. You get fully immersed in the story. What a story to be told so well.

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  • Thomas E. Davies
  • 03-24-19

A very graphic account of battle

A slow start but after the first couple of chapters I couldn’t stop listening a very well written and honest account of battle and comradeship under fire

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  • John Byrne
  • 02-28-19

Best book I've ever read/heard....

This is a no brainer, of you have any enjoyment of combat then this is an absolute must buy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-20-19

Brutal and honest

A brutal, honest & gutwrenching tale of bravery and sacrifice. Gripping and impossible to stop

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  • Pink Lady
  • 01-25-19

Stunning!!

An incredible listen and well written story, pulling no punches. It was extremely well read also. I cried listening to ‘In Memoriam’ at the reading of those that had perished and felt the loss in the author’s voice. A ‘must’ listen in my view.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-26-18

really enjoyed it

Gave a real insight into what it was like in an engaging narrative, that kept me listening for hours on end

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-18

Gripping Read

Every combat soldier has a story to tell regardless of what or whom they fight for. This account of the action in October 2009 in which a great number of people lost their lives is probably the best I have listened to. Meticulously prepared and researched, Mr Romesha provides us with a truly touching and emotional journey that left me almost exhausted just listening to it. Courage and leadership qualities right out of the top drawer which prevented, from the American perspective, a catastrophe. Sadly eight Americans lost their lives however it could have been far worse had their colleagues not fought for each other with tenacity and skill to prevent their brave and resourceful opponents from claiming the victory they very nearly had. One could argue that without the overwhelming power unleashed from the skies the American forces may well have been wiped out.
As an ex-soldier I can identify with the strength of the personal bonds which you develop with members of your platoon, the friendships which outlast your life within the services. I can only ask that when you listen or read this account that you remember that soldiers under fire don't fight for their country or their leaders, they fight for each other.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-19

Brilliant

I heard about this book watching the medal of honour series on Netflix.
Immediately was drawn in to the story and the blokes involved, it captured you instantly and keeps you hooked for the entire book!
I find it very well written and as graphic as you can be in that situation.
Recommend this to anyone and they will not be disappointed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-18

Suspenseful

What an amazing recollection of one of Afghanistan's fiercest battles. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The book drew me in from the first minute. I cant recommend this book highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-18

Nearly Perfect

Phenomenal job by all thr troops involved. damn heros, all of them. I did find the book a little hard to follow at some points, and i found parts of the narration repetitive. i.e the same jokes being told time and time again. other than that. really good book.

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  • Scott Goldsmith
  • 09-20-17

Awesome

What about Clinton Romesha and Will Damron ’s performance did you like?

Will Damron seemed to take a few chapters to really get into the writing style, but once there he did a great job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Holy SH#T'

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A superb tale of conflict on the modern battlefield. A true example of how the military in general still screw things up and leave what happens next squarely in the laps of a few brave me.

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  • Justin
  • 11-21-16

reader

reader is a little monotone. could do woth a bit of zest for a great story line like this

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  • abe mckinnon
  • 10-22-16

searing, unapologetic, brutal.

a must read for anyone who enjoys the slew of modern combat tales from the Iraq/afghan conflicts. one of the best i have read... top 3 probabaly. frightening in parts, in some parts i had goosebumps. bundermans "big bang" airstrike was incredibly well told. read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-17

coarse language

didnt make it past the first chapter. not the book i thought it would be. disappointing.

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