Outlaw Platoon

  • by Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Loved it!

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

Brutal reality of a bloody war reflected in this book.


What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Good voice takes you directly to theatre


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- Bedrock9600

Heart Felt

Its obvious from start to finish that this was written from the heart. Written by one who has lived the nightmare that is combat, where individuals become a cohesive body, forged together under terrible and often harrowing times. He has shown us the feelings of loss and disgust felt by these men under very harrowing times and that despite all this have retained their humanity.

This is a no nonsense account of combat on terrorism at the sharp end in Afghanistan.
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- mark aggrey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio