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Outlaw Platoon: A Season of War in the Bloodiest Corner of Afghanistan Hardcover – Feb 17 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Feb. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062066390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062066398
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By SBriggs on Oct. 17 2013
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Found this to be a very interesting read! A great look at a full tour through a soldiers point of view on how certain events in his tour effected him and his men! Hard to capture everything that happened but a very good account of some of the major engagements that outlaw platoon was part of! A very entertaining read! Would recommend!!!!
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By Brian Fillmore on April 14 2013
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I enjoyed this book and found it was not easy to put down once I began reading it.
Sean Parnell, the author and person who experienced the war at Afghanistan ,first hand, gives his accounts and insights, in a very honest way, with no fanfare.
It makes you understand, what the military people go through over there, in that country as seen, through their eyes.

One area of Outlaw Platoon, that opened my eyes, was when he and his platoon encountered some children, who had been taken by the Taliban, and abused. The children's village had been suspected of assisting US military. Taliban took it upon themselves to seek revenge on the villagers. Why those incidents are never discussed on the nightly news channels or printed in media , i suppose that those opposed to that war effort, would need to vomit, if they knew the real facts of what happens over there.

Parnell also mentioned, how aid money, from the USA, provided to Pakistan, is used to buy medical supplies and treat wounded Taliban soldiers, in Pakistan Hospitals...amazing

Support our Troops and ' God Bless the Snipers ' .......
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By seds on March 3 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was an amazing book - I heard an interview Sean did and that prompted me to buy it. It is a page turner, and a real eye-opener as to what life is like for the infantry men in Afghanistan. Fantastic read!!
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Essential Reading March 17 2012
By Robert Pinholt - Published on Amazon.com
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As a member of Outlaw Platoon, I can not stress enough the importance of this book to our nation's forgotten infantry soldiers. Outlaw Platoon is an honest and compelling account of life and death in the trenches and does true justice to our combat experience.

As you read this post, there are thousands of men on battlefields around the world killing and suffering for the preservation of American ideals. As a civilized society and beneficiaries of our nation's might, we must meet their sacrifices with unwavering support. It is not enough for us to adhere a yellow ribbon to our cars, to shake a soldier's hand, or even to send care packages to the front. More than anything, these men need our understanding. They need to know that we are aware of their plight, that we are invested in their success, and that we are willing to help shoulder the burdens of combat, just by listening and caring.

Outlaw Platoon is a window into the world of America's infantry warriors. In the book, Sean puts you on the ground in Afghanistan, straps 100 pounds of gear on your back, and injects you into the fight. However, he also introduces you to the human side of the war, highlighting the exceptional diversity of the platoon and the strength that it generates, as well as the horrifying realities of life for Afghani civilians.

Not only is Outlaw Platoon a thrilling, emotionally-charged read, it is a tool for healing the wounded souls of our discarded patriots and reuniting the American people with the guardians of our way of life. It is our undeniable duty as Americans to share the load of our foreign wars, and by simply reading Outlaw Platoon with a compassionate heart, we are doing our part for the men we put in harm's way.
53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Great book!! Highly recommend!!!! Feb. 28 2012
By Smc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic. It is so well written you feel like you know the men in the story personally and you are right there experiencing what they go through. You don't need to be a huge military buff to read it either. The book exposes war and the bond it forges between the men who fight in it. It evokes so many emotions highs and lows---on top of that it is a real page turner. I finished the book in a few days, I couldn't put it down. It is a story of an amazing group of men and I'm so glad their story has been told! Read this book, I promise you won't regret it!
53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Outlaw Platoon-a must read Feb. 28 2012
By Kresta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You will feel like you are fighting along side the men of outlaw platoon in the this wonderfully written book about the war in Afghanistan. The author, Sean Parnell, takes you through his tour in country with wit, sadness, humor, and raw emotion. You will feel it all, as if it is happening to you. It is a great read about some great men. It is a book unlike any other of its kind. I have recommended this book to many and will continue to do so. Don't take my word for it though, buy the book and see for yourself. It is well worth it.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Outlaw Platoon March 12 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Having experienced war, I can say that Outlaw Platoon is the closest to reality of all the war books I have read. It took guts to put down what actually happens and how it affects the mind and the body. I could almost feel and smell the fear, anxiety, love and hatred one experiences when their life is on the line. The bond these men formed in the midst of a deadly environment, so brutal, goes far beyond that of a mother and child. It is with us forever.

This book should be mandatory reading for every politician. Maybe, just maybe they will not be so quick to send our troops into "fog of war."
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I couldn't finish it, too soppy March 20 2013
By Deon Joubert - Published on Amazon.com
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In some places, I felt like I was there, in the action. Some readers will love it, but I couldn't finish it. Having served in the army, in active combat I just couldn't accept some of what the author says, he is just too much of a hero, almost a superhero. In an ambush, while their humvees were under intense fire from rifles, machine guns, RPGs and even a sniper, he disembarks his Humvee and runs through the enemy fire, in a road with no cover, getting holes in his trouser legs, but doesn't get hit. Amazing as that was, his entire platoon, then also disembarks from their vehicles and runs after him up a hill, in the road and none of them get shot. He likes to call them his men and personalizes it a little too much for my taste - it gets soppy.

He repeatedly alludes to how much his troops love and respect him and how he loves his troops. This is one of the parts that eventually made me stop reading:
"Just before we'd left Fort Drum, the platoon had gathered for one last night out on the town. Long after midnight, the liquor had made me relaxed and loud. I was happier than I had ever been, surrounded by men I'd come to care so much about. Then I'd made a snarky comment to a woman who had insulted one of my men. She'd reported it to her boyfriend, a townie with a chip on his shoulder. He and four of his buddies had ambushed me in the bar's bathroom. As they'd grabbed me and carried me outside, I'd laughed and said, "You picked the wrong night to do this." They'd dragged me into the parking lot, ready to go to work on me. Before they could throw a punch, my entire platoon had poured through the front doors, pounced on the townies, and turned them into bleeding, bellowing wrecks."

This is his tone. He sounds like he was either living in a dream world then, or making it up now. In the real army, people don't all get along, bullets hit people and if you make a "snarky comment" to a woman in a pub when you are drunk, her husband will beat you up.

I initially rated this book with three stars, but I thought about it and decided to change it to two.

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