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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Rob on 05-01-16

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Travis on 05-14-16

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By jamie on 11-05-16

really gopd

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By paul hadfeild on 03-15-18

Good story though I would change a few things

What made the experience of listening to Red Platoon the most enjoyable?

last two thirds are pretty good

What did you like best about this story?

It is action packed

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It felt like some of it should, but this book doesn't present facts as facts but instead tells you what this guy was thinking as he was shot etc ,there is a lot of poetic license.

Any additional comments?

They spend the first third of the book setting up back stories for the troops ,it goes on so long that by the time they actually start the story you cant remember who's back story went with who .So in my opinion its very padded out to make it a long enough book .
There is an explanation right at the end for how the author has got all these thoughts and conversations from dead people otherwise my review would be much worse.
Then the biggest sin the book finishes and yet it doesn't and you are treated to over four minutes of this dreary slow rock music over and over !!! i bought a book if i wanted boring slow rock music I would buy a cd thanks.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-12-18

Nearly Perfect

Phenomenal job by all thr troops involved. damn heros, all of them. I did find the book a little hard to follow at some points, and i found parts of the narration repetitive. i.e the same jokes being told time and time again. other than that. really good book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Scott Goldsmith on 09-20-17

Awesome

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

Will Damron seemed to take a few chapters to really get into the writing style, but once there he did a great job.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Holy SH#T'

Any additional comments?

A superb tale of conflict on the modern battlefield. A true example of how the military in general still screw things up and leave what happens next squarely in the laps of a few brave me.

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