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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 Bruning, John R. Bruning Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780062205582
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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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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 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 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 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 Jack | 2/2/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nils | 1/30/2014

    " Outlaw Platoon stands apart in the genre of contemporary war nonfiction for what it lacks - posturing. Parnell is up front and honest about his time in Afghanistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammi | 1/22/2014

    " Great book!! The author is very humble and provides good perspective into what it's really like to come home after battle. This is a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 1/21/2014

    " What a great book. Thanks to Sean Parnell and the men of Outlaw platoon for their service and sacrifices. I read this on my nook, but I'm definitely ordering a hard copy to hang on to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Olson | 1/20/2014

    " Very well written book that gives a great description of what life is like for a soldier on the front lines in the war in Afghanistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Kennedy | 1/20/2014

    " Great Story and the Audiobook was very well done! The story of the Outlaw Platoon in Afganistan and the battles they had while they were there. This book details the battles they had and the strategies that they used against insurgents in country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Odeen | 1/14/2014

    " Must read, not to be ignored as it is now American History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisayak | 1/2/2014

    " I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I'm ex military but not combat savvy. This book went to places we all need to know. Not too much not too little of each element like military details or emotional strife. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 12/31/2013

    " Great book about leadership "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hugh Carson | 12/4/2013

    " Two chapters in . . . skeptical - too much shine, a little stilted . . . but ya' never go, maybe he'll get it together "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/16/2013

    " Well written and convincing. Don't expect any strategic insights, rather a small unit leader's combat experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 8/2/2013

    " One of the best stories of the modern-day battlefield that I have ever read. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Djs76 | 4/19/2013

    " A painful and important book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Clark | 4/14/2013

    " This book was awesome. I read it in two days and wish there were more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/26/2013

    " Portrait of the war in Afghanistan from point of view of a lieutenant platoon leader. Very gruesome portrait of this war. Author told the story of his deployment there with honor and dignity and portrays what you would want in a military leader "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad T. | 11/24/2012

    " Nonfiction. Good read, lots of action. Enjoyed it because it recorded the efforts of the author's men and not his own actions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 10/16/2012

    " Reminiscent of "With the Old Breed" this book pulls you into a horrible place that only the bravest men have gone. Parnell's account exposes an unfathomably sick and evil enemy. I have nothing but the deepest respect for our brave soldiers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Lewter | 7/22/2012

    " This is a really good book about the war in Afghanistan. There is lots of combat action and insights from one of our soldiers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 5/17/2012

    " Not usually my genre, but this book is not to be missed...incredibly moving. "

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About the Author

Sean Parnell is a former Unites States Army airborne ranger who served in the legendary Tenth Mountain Division for six years, retiring as a captain. He received two Bronze Stars—one for valor—and the Purple Heart. While deployed in Afghanistan, he led one of the most valorously decorated light infantry units in Operation Enduring Freedom’s history. He is a renowned Afghanistan policy expert and has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, and numerous other media outlets. He is currently working on his PhD in clinical psychology at Duquesne University. He lives with his wife and two children in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.