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Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan by [Parnell, Sean, Bruning,  John]
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“The range of emotions that Sean Parnell summons in Outlaw Platoon [is] stunning. A nuanced, compelling memoir . . . Parnell shows he’s a gifted, brave storyteller.” (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Outlaw Platoon put me back on the battlefield again. It’s a heartfelt story that shows how very different people can be thrown together in combat and find a way to make it work. Parnell and the soldiers who fought beside him are all courageous heroes—real bad asses.” (Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper)

“Two of the most intense tales of courage under fire I own are Black Hawk Down and Lone Survivor. I now have a third, Outlaw Platoon. It’s an absolutely gripping, edge-of-your-seat ride.” (Brad Thor, author of Full Black)

Outlaw Platoon is an utterly gripping account of what our soldiers endure on the front lines—the frustrations, the fear, the loneliness. . . Here, in these pages, are the on-the-ground realities of a war we so rarely witness on news broadcasts” (Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried)

Outlaw Platoon is an exceptional look into the mind of a platoon leader in Afghanistan; Captain Parnell shares his experiences of leadership, loss, and aggressive military tactics. You can really feel the bonds forged between these brothers in arms as the battle plays out” (Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor)

“At times, I forgot I was reading about a war as I was drawn up in the drama the same way you [are] when reading Krakauer’s Into Thin Air . . . This is a book of probing honesty, wrenching drama and courage.” (Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers)

“[A] soulful story of men at war . . . Outlaw Platoon shows us that the love and brotherhood forged in the fires of combat are the most formidable quaities a unit can possess.” (Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire)

Outlaw Platoon is expertly told by a man who braved the heat of battle time and time again. An epic story as exacting as it is suspenseful, it reveals the bravery and dedication of our armed service men and women around the world.” (Clive Cussler)

“This book is more than just a rip-roaring combat narrative: it is a profoundly moving exploration into the nature and evolution of the warrior bond forged in desperate, against-all-odds battles. A significant book, not to be missed.” (Jack Coughlin, author of Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper)

Outlaw Platoon is the real deal. It’s a terrific tale of combat leadership that deserves to be studied by all small-unit leaders. The narrative goes beyond the battlefield to depict the maddening nature of the war and the grit of those who selflessly protect us.” (Bing West, author of No True Glory)

“Sean Parnell reaches past the band-of-brothers theme to a place of brutal self-awareness . . . [he] never flinches from a fight, nor the hard questions of a messy war.” (Kevin Sites, author of In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars)

From the Back Cover

At twenty-four years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon, the 10th Mountain Division—a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws. Tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a valley in the Hindu Kush, Parnell assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians until, in May 2006, a routine patrol turned into a brutal ambush. Through sixteen months of combat, the platoon became Parnell's family. The cost of battle was high for these men. Not all of them made it home, but for those who did, it was the love and faith they found in one another that ultimately kept them alive.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2868 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LC0S7W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excellent read. Anybody who thinks war is exciting should read this book. It would be good for politicians to spend some time on active duty with these men, there would be a lot less wars. I got this book on audio books and it was hard to put down. I listened to this book while working out in the gym and there were time I had tears in my eyes. I bought the book for my son in law who loves the military channel. I think he might understand a little better. I highly recommend this book.
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Simply one of the best accounts I have read on the subject. This was sat on my kindle for ages waiting to be read - more fool me. Very well written and full of drama, it manages to convey the action to the reader so well that you can wonder how they managed to keep going out in to almost certain action when the soldiers were so tired their chinstraps were dragging the ground. Don't let this one slip past as I almost did, it's a must for any reader.
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The author was utterly dedicated to his job and his country but he might have served himself and his men better by realising that he was seriously injured and putting his life and his men's lives at risk by not avoiding medical treatment.
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On par with "We were soldiers" the best book to come out of Vietnam. I've read loads of the UK military books from Afghanistan and this is as good as the best of them. Definitely worth a read.
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One of the best and most honest depictions of the war in Afghan that I've read. Nothing but honesty, truth and the ugly reality of wR with a third world nation. Welcome to the world from here on out. What's kills me is the old story between politics vs fire power on the ground. It's not right that eyes on the game don't trump politics thousands of miles away. Our men and women in harms way deserve respect for laying down their souls, even if they live through the trials and tribulations of way, to be empowered with local leadership and intel and allowed to do what is needed when crises calls, including blasting the Pakistani military when they support the wrong side. This book is clear about the absurdity of foreign alliances and how we put up with that crap. Granted Pakistan and Afghanistan have been the crossroads for so many nightmarish tribes fore years, they never choose alliances, but you would think the billions we spent on those fools should have amounted to some level of loyalty. Apparently not.

Here's the thing. Never forget the sacrifice of our soldiers sent into harms way, even though the Taliban will infiltrate right behind our exfil from Afghan. We will always respect and admire the personal sacrifice our soldiers have made and hopefully continue to make going forward as our existence in this world gets murkier and murkier going forward. God bless them all.

Jeff
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I much prefer the honest straight portrayals of battle and life of men at war. There are some good sections to his book but too often the retelling of a story is wrought open with some italicised romanticised familial memory. These intrusions to the narrative are more than distracting they are sickly sweet bombholes in an otherwise entertaining read. This book is more Pearl Harbour than Band of Brothers.
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A very moving and well written book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It graphically highlights the problems of fighting the war in Afghanistan, a pity that this material is not compulsory reading for all politicians.
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I have never been in the armed forces. Never had the bottle. Read this and see how warfare bonds people. Anybody outside the armed forces will not understand what make these soldiers tick. Getting injured and not leaving the battlefield because you do not want to let your comrades down will not make sense to anyone who has not been through it.
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