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Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning

Narrated By: Ray Porter

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: February 2012

Duration: 10 hours 20 minutes

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 twenty-four 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 sixteen 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 sixteen 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.

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  • Liam o

    Great book and very well read

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  • jason s

    Nicely done book. A powerful story of how men deal with combat and the weight of why men fight.

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  • Jason S

    This is a powerful story. The hard part about war, is that war is hard to listen to. Most people feel that the whole world is like the United States and will not listen to the facts of how the rest of the world is truly evil. This story is on truly heroic men that fought for the freedoms that we all take for granted. When you listen to this book your heart and mind will be rocked, and you will find yourself thinking about it for days afterwards, maybe longer. Thank you to the men of the outlaw platoon for doing what they did.

  • Fernando I

    A powerful narration of incredible courage and dedication. Fernando Irueste.

  • mark kingan

    this book is great.. love to see it as a movie

  • Michael Wolfman

    Awesome book. Brave men.

  • Alan Nelson

    Wow! Well written and well read. A powerful story that I could not stop listening to. It has tender moments ,horrific stories that shock, and a story of self reflecting leadership. A military education that thankfully so many of us do not have to experience. Thanks for bringing the story to us.

  • Michael Bell

    Great and very realistic read . I would love to listen to more stuff like this!! Excellently read!

  • Robert Oshrin

    Action , gore War is undescrible how one goes on after they see what the see is unbelievable my hats off to the brotherhood Book was a little slow and then blew me away