- Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
- Sprecher: Ray Porter
- Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 17 Min.
- Ungekürztes Hörbuch
- Erscheinungsdatum: 28.02.2012
- Sprache: Englisch
- Anbieter: HarperAudio
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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Von Susanne Am hilfreichsten 03.10.2013
Even having read/listened to quite a lot of books about personal experiences in post 9/11 wars, all very interesting, none has impressed me as much as "Outlaw Platoon". There's more suspense there than in any thriller - moreover, "Outlaw Platoon" grippingly shows the heroism, sacrifice and the human cost of real life in combat as well as the strong bonds among men whose lives depend on one another. Witness a young, inexperienced lieutenant of 24years with his first command maturing into an outstanding leader. Written with rare openness and honesty, gorgeously read by Ray Porter, "Outlaw Platoon" made me hold my breath, laugh, love, live as well as mourn and cry all along with it.
(I just HAD to search online for an interview with the author - and there are some, just look them up to learn how and what he does nowadays!)
P.S.: sorry for my clumsy English, I'm German