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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean Parnell, John R. Bruning Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In combat, men measure up—or don’t. There are no second chances.

In this vivid account of the United States 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, 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 United States 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, and 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Outlaw Platoon is a detailed and utterly gripping account of what our soldiers endure on the front lines…the on-the-ground realities of a war we so rarely witness.” 

    Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried

  • “This is a story of genuine emotion and drama…but more important, one that shows us that the love and brotherhood forged in the fires of combat are the most formidable qualities a unit can possess.” 

    Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire and The Warrior Ethos

  • “At times, I forgot I was reading about a war and was drawn up in the drama in the same way you can be when reading Krakauer’s Into Thin Air.” 

    Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers

  • “An epic story as exacting as it is suspenseful.” 

    Clive Cussler

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Gray | 2/16/2014

    " Outstanding first hand account of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Sean Parnell describes the hours of boredom and seconds (minutes or even hours) of terror while in combat like few others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brunhilde | 2/5/2014

    " Wow! This book was amazing. It was so well written. Even you don't care for military or war books you could read this simply for art's sake. It carried such an honest and yet objective perspective of the events. The people in the book are real and not just characters invented by the author, yet they were perfectly formed and developed. I cannot say enough good things about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Traci | 2/5/2014

    " I loved this book. It made me laugh, cry, and think the whole way through. It is truely humbling to read what the soldiers in our miliary go through on a daily basis. This book gives you just a glimpse of their willing sacrifice. Thank you to Sean Parnell and all the members of Outlaw Platoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jack | 2/2/2014

    " One of the best modern warfare books I have read. It was written by an amazing platoon commander. "

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