Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell

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13 Critic Reviews

. . .details these challenges in a way that will resonate with combat veterans of the Iraqand Afghanistan wars.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Acclaimed for its vivid, poignant, and honest recreation of sixteen brutal months of nearly continuous battle in the deadly Hindu Kesh, Outlaw Platoon is a Band of Brothers or We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the early 21st century—an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

A magnificent account of heroes, renegades, infidels, and brothers, it stands with Sebastian Junger’s War as one of the most important books to yet emerge from the heat, smoke, and fire of America’s War in Afghanistan.

 

About Sean Parnell

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Former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Sean Parnell served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years, retiring as a highly decorated captain. He received two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. He lives with his wife and two children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by William Morrow. 405 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 01 2012

Points about the soldiers’ personal burdens and the bond of brotherhood in combat are made so often that they become less rather than more effective. This flaw, however, may not bother the book’s intended audience.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 14 2016

Parnell balances sentimentality with sincerity and crisp prose to produce one of the Afghan war’s most moving combat narratives.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Jan 09 2012

Parnell balances sentimentality with sincerity and crisp prose to produce one of the Afghan war’s most moving combat narratives.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Mar 10 2013

Outlaw Platoon raises some important questions which need to be asked (preparedness, effectiveness, professionalism) but that are difficult to face. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the current war, combat or military life.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Gary Anderson on Mar 20 2012

. . .details these challenges in a way that will resonate with combat veterans of the Iraqand Afghanistan wars.

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Seattle PI

Good
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Mar 10 2013

Outlaw Platoon raises some important questions which need to be asked (preparedness, effectiveness, professionalism) but that are difficult to face. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the current war, combat or military life.

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Cleveland.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Brian Albrecht on Mar 26 2012

Reading "Outlaw Platoon" is like hunkering down with a few old foxhole buddies from bygone battleground literature.

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by MCq on Feb 25 2012

It is a tremendous read, a page turner that wouldn’t let me put it down until I finished it.

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InkSlinger Blog

Good
Apr 13 2012

For those old enough to handle it, Outlaw Platoon is a must-read. . .

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Sabers, Spurs and a Pink Stetson

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on Feb 23 2012

. . .the most amazing part is that Parnell was able to find the words to do justice to his men.

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A Soldier's Perspective

Good
Reviewed by CJ on Apr 07 2012

. . .an intricate and intriguing narrative focused on his mission of finding, fixing and destroying a well-trained and ruthless enemy.

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National Writers Series

Good
Reviewed by Doug Stanton on Mar 29 2012

. . .Parnell comes to us with a voice that is honest, open, direct. . .

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Unto The Beach

Good
Reviewed by Chris Carter on Mar 01 2012

Parnell’s account of Outlaw Platoon’s (part of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division) deployment to Afghanistan in 2006 was truly gripping.

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