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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.

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    Life Changing

    This book, incredible! The events depicted in this book were something i did not see coming. The way Sean Parnell tells his story makes you feel like you are right there as one of the men from his platoon. What Sean and his men went through was unimaginable. The victories, and the horrors, brought to light through the words of someone who lived them, makes this book that much more moving. The sense of family and love that Sean has towards his men cannot only be seen throughout the book, it can be felt through the words written on the page; making every event in his book hit home. When you read about their victory, it makes you happy, when someone gets hit with a bullet, it makes you scared for them. When the ultimate sacrifice is made, you feel heartbroken. Through Sean's words, you live through everything he went through. I feel honoured to have read this book, and learned Outlaw Platoon's story. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those lost, and to their families. Sean- thank you for your service, and for bringing the actions of your platoon to light through this amazing book. I know you most likely wont ever see this but you changed my life and i feel honored to have read your story, thank you.

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    Outlaw Patroon

    A very good book that gives a good in site to the real war in Afganistan. It is fast moving which keeps the reader interested.

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    Couldn't stop reading it

    Most of the military books I've read have been on special operations. This book tells of an infantry unit in Afghanistan. Wow! These men endured much for our country. Great read.

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    Outlaw Platoon

    Excellent read, great book. Sean Parnell did a great job showing how a unit develops and grows in combat. How it does become a extended family. Also explains clearly the horrors and stresses of combat. Great book .

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    Love this book!

    LOVE THIS BOOK! It was nonstop action, and the military jargon was explained for those of us unfamiliar with the slang and terms. The other Afghanistan war stories just don't measure up

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