Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
Sean Parnell at only twenty-four years of age was leader of Outlaw Platoon. The U.S. Army Airborne Ranger served for six years, retiring with two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. This is not just his story, but of the group of men who served with him in one of the most dangerous and inhospitable places on earth in the Bermel Valley, Afghanistan.
Written by Sean Parnell and co-authored by writer John Bruning, this is a riveting read. The descriptions of the country, the battles, the personalitie ...more
As I've mentioned before, the writing is incredible and the battles are intense and gritty. Parnell handles the large cast very well, not once, a rare occasion for me, was I confu ...more
Well I won't be giving many more books 5 stars from now on, but this book actually deserved a full rating. Everything else that I like will reach a maximum of 4 stars, and only those books that really please me will get 5 stars. This book is truly a special pick, even among the many military related personal narratives I have read. I have to say that this really urged me to keep reading farther and farther instead of trying to finish it so I can read the next book, write a review, and win more b...more
As a vetran of Desert Storm and desert Shield, I have a "slight" insight into how are men and women do their job. I can hold no candle to what I did versus what they have done and continue to do. I continus to support and cherish them in my heart and mind and hold them all with utmost respect and honor ...more
What impressed me the most about the book was Parnell's descriptions of all of the different men who made up his platoon. They are a fascinating group of personalities and I ca ...more
Sean Parnell was a platoon leader in Afghanistan around 2006-2007. What makes this book so amazing is that it's far more candid, open, and honest than anything I have ever read before by an American officer in a modern war. You could compare it to BLOODS by Wallace Terry, but that book focused on African-American enlisted men in Vietnam, and the survivors had no reason to tone down the grim realities of war.
This book is diffe ...more
Outlaw Platoon is one of those books that will change your outlook and stay with you for awhile. Sean Parnell recounts his 16 months in Afghanistan while he was in charge of the Outlaw Platoons, a unit who was stationed on the border of Afghanistan and Pa ...more
Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, ...more
Now, on to the negative. Certain metaphors were amateuris ...more
In a literary sense, it is not the most soundly written. There are repetitive snippits which leads me to believe the book was written one chapter at a time and not wholistically. It seemed to somewhat resemble a very well written journal. This is the way another book I loved was constructed, Little Princes, so this clearly did not bother me. I'm just giving fair warning if a reader is looking for something other t ...more
The book's been on my radar ever since it came out, but it advanced to the top of my reading list after I c ...more
For those who don't understand why the war in Afghanistan keeps on going, this is the book to read.
For 16 months, Lt. Parnell and his "Outlaw Platoon" roamed one of the most dangerous parts in this country, trying to stop the flow of provisioning and support of Taliban fighters through the Pakistani borders. Sean Parnell gives a really vivid and gripping description of ...more
This book should be required reading by any ROTC student. This book should be required reading for anyone entering the military. This book should be required reading for anyone who sends our young men and women into harms way and ties their hands with "political correctness".
Sean's story about the "Outlaw Platoon" will stay with one lo ...more
4 stars. A highly recommended though flawed account from a junior officer protecting his men in modern warfare.
Sean Parnell was an Lt serving with the 10th Mtn Div in Afghanistan in 2006/07. Parnell documents his time dealing with platoon camaraderie, keeping them safe in a h ...more
But this is not the look-at-me glory story all too common today in books from formerly "Silent Professionals" in super-elite SpecOps units. It's a story that the kid you went to high school with could tell you - a regular guy in extraordinary circumstances with archetypal characters present and influential.
Unfortunately, I don't think many civilians will actually "get it" much beyond the story ...more