The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the 13-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating, by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for listeners of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
"'It doesn't get better.' To us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself - Keating - had become a kind of backhanded joke."
In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.
On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives.
Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
©2016 Clint L. Romesha LLC (P)2016 Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
I was concerned there would be too much of the American "Yee haa" to the account. But thankfully not. It's a well read and insightful listen.
Amazing thing is the firepower at their disposal...yet the Taliban didn't stop or suffer anything like the casualties you'd expect. Of course in the west we focus on our losses and bravery etc. But someone somewhere should write the other sides account....we need to respect that foreign soldiers will always be targets. We send our boys into impossible places by politicians that have no care or understanding of why they shouldn't do that.
Respect to the boys of Red.
When all about you are losing there's... An NCO'S mantra. Wot a book, I've nothing but respect for these guys. But why the Hell had the powers that be even located this patrol base where it was......? Yet the poor soldiers that served there did so with honour an guts it's such a shame so many you g lads had too die.. a terrific account of of soldiers at war in this day an age.....
Whilst I thoroughly enjoy the world of crime fiction, where you can suspend belief and lose yourself in the story, but upon reflection nothing quite compares to real life. The Author, Clinton Romesha commented "that words are incapable of conveying the horror of battle", and whilst I'm quite sure he's right about that, this book is very well written, and is both articulate and insightful. It was at times exhausting to listen to, and in the end brought me to tears. I'd highly recommend this audiobook.
We owe a lot to the men and women who give their lives to keep us safe, don't you think.
This is perfectly read and is a most compelling and insightful account of a battle in a war. The deep bonding that occurs in these extreme circumstances and the lasting memories can only be understood by those that have experienced such a situation.To paraphrase to understand all is to give a knowledge of an incomprehensibly brutal heartbreaking experience/
This is a tremendous story of courage, sacrifice and the will to survive. Though you see the theme occur in most war memoirs, it is nonetheless amazing what a a bunch of regular dudes from all over the place can do when they come together as a unit. The Army, their training and their commitment to each somehow create something that is truly unbreakable. They denied the enemy their prize and in the process once again proved that american soldiers rise to any challenge.
I look at a platoon as entity and the men that comprise it are just facets of its personality and capability. To me, this story is more about Red Platoon than any of the individuals that make it up. Their collective ability to embrace a horrible situation and find a way to keep fighting and survive is very uplifting.
The Army has a way of making poor decisions that at the time seem like a reasonable decisions. It made me sad that these soldiers had to pay the price for something that started as finger pointed at a map in a briefing by a staff officer long before these guys came in country. Its upsetting that despite all the good reasons not to put COP Keating where they did, they did it anyway. Hindsight is 20 20 but I wish someone with courage in a high level position would have followed what that knew was right and close that COP long before they did. It was so obviously a disaster waiting to happen. The fact the battle did not need to happen and should not have happened does not take away from the valor of the soldiers and airman demonstrated.
Americans should do all they can thank and employ veterans. They gave us everything we have, they asked for nothing in return yet deserve our complete gratitude.
"The Best Audible book I have heard yet."
Yes because it kept me on the edge of my seat.
A story of true American hero's battle to fight for our country and the men they served with. Brought me to tears when one of them would die. The men in this book should never be forgotten.
Loved it. As a USMC veteran I was astounded the the Army leadership and planners put a COP in such an indefensible position... These soldiers (most at least) were damned determined heroes. I cherish and revere them for their sacrafice.
"Phenomenal book, start to finish"
I loved every minute. Sometimes it was so intense I had to stop the book and take a breather.
Makes me grateful of our country's heros!
"This book has got to be made into a movie."
The accounts are riveting. I kept referring to the Internet for geographic look at the occurrences. Fabulous book. I finished it in one day.
"A great book written by a proven American Hero"
This is a story of war which every U.S. citizen should read.
I first gained an in-depth awareness of the events which led to this book by reading Jake Tapper's book. I walked away from it with the strong sense that the higher ups in the Army had miss-served these men, and befuddled by how any middle to upper tier leader could have created the circumstances that allowed this situation to occur. The men at Keating were betrayed by there upper level leaders and a tragedy resulted. Good men on the ground did their best, some survived and all were hero's, nonetheless none of the men should have been at Keaton.
This book fleshes out the details that only one who was there for the full events could. Clint Romesha lived every minute of the final attach on Post Keating. He tells the story in a way a Marine of honor and one who was awarded our countries highest military award based on his action in the events that occurred at Keaton should. He relives the events and provides full detail. The facts are there, the heroism of those involved is well documented, and the reader is left to reach his or her own conclusion. While we can be outraged at the upper echelon, this book demonstrates the committed that soldiers develop for each other and the extent they will go to help each other in situations that those who have not been their would almost call suicidal. We are fortunate to have young men, who will sacrifice their youth to serve their countries needs.
"What a story! Well written book and great narrator"
Yes, I would recommend this book. The book really helps to set the listener in each situation described in the book.
This book paints the true picture how these heroes worked so hard to defend their outpost and work together as a team to save their brothers.
It's so hard to understand how the top military leaders could put our military in what was certainly a situation where the inevitable could occur and once it did, the support was not there as soon as it should have been.
This is a must read book for every American. This is another great Audible that will listen to again and again! God bless and watch over our military.
"America needs to know"
It amazes me how little we heard of such battles and bravery. Thank you veterans for all you do and have done.
First off. I accidentally wrote this review for the "Summary of Red Platoon". Since Audible does not allow you to edit it, I had to leave it. So, if you read the "Summary of Red Platoon", you will see the exact same review. Even though I haven't read it yet!
Yes. It was an incredible story and a brutally honest account of the engagement from SSG Romesha and those who were there.
Excellent narration from Will Damron. The narrator can ruin a good book, or make a not so good book better. This was a well written book with an outstanding narrator. Home run!
Incredible, engaging, story. Very well written. Very well narrated. Everyone should read about the sacrifices of those who serve to keep us safe. Anyone who served in the Military would appreciate and identify, in some way, this book.
Very compelling book. Ranks up there my favorites. Tough to turn off and wait for next line. No dull moments and over time you felt as if you were there.
Testimony of Valor
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