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Red Platoon Audiobook

Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valour

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    I found it difficult at first to listen to the narrators voice but once I was used to it the book was enthralling. strongly recommend

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    Steve 16/08/2016
    Steve 16/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent account"

    excellent and sometimes graphic moments of what the soiders endured during the assault on Copenhagen Keating

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    Pammy 13/06/2016
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    "Going to war on pop tarts and chocolate pudding"

    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/

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    Dominic 12/06/2016
    Dominic 12/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    The real truth of modern infantry work a must have one of the best accounts put into words I've heard

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  • Rob
    Carmel, IN, USA
    01/05/16
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    "Amazing..."
    Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Travis
    14/05/16
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    "The Best Audible book I have heard yet."
    Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

    Yes because it kept me on the edge of my seat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Platoon?

    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.


    What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Clyde
    24/04/16
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    "Great read...."

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Keely Burnside
    10/05/16
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    "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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • William McMahon
    10/05/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Orlando, FL, United States
    09/05/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    OVIEDO, FL, United States
    13/05/16
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    "What a story! Well written book and great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book. The book really helps to set the listener in each situation described in the book.


    What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    09/05/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SGT Med
    Park City, UT USA
    30/07/16
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    "Incredible Story!"
    Would you listen to Red Platoon again? Why?

    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.


    What about Will Damron and Clinton Romesha ’s performance did you like?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Hackler Jr
    10/05/16
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    "Excellent listen!"
    Where does Red Platoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Testimony of Valor


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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