Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor

Written by:
Clinton Romesha
Narrated by:
Clinton Romesha , Will Damron

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
97
Narrator
34
Release Date
May 2016
Duration
12 hours 28 minutes
Summary
The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the thirteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers 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 U.S. 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 14-hour battle-- and eventual victory-- cost 8 men their lives. 
 
Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. 

Includes original songs “Red Platoon” and “Remember the Fallen”
Songs performed by Michael Connors.  ℗2016 Michael Connors Music.
'Red Platoon' words and music by Jim Kinsey, Michael Connors, Clint Romesha, Mike Hartnett and James Breedwell © 2016 All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission. 
 
'Remember The Fallen' words and music by Michael Connors, Jim Kinsey, Billy Dawson and Mike Hartnett © 2016 All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.  Executive Producer, Nemo Arms
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Waifu L.

Eye opening account of one of the bloodiest battles in US history

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Niklas D.

Very good book. Stunning! I would really recommend this book if you like books, such as Black hawk down and 13hours in Benghazi. Have not had such a good read since Bravo 2.0.

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Parrish V.

Amazing story with great detail. Clinton Romesha is a true american Soilder.

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Michael U.

This is an outstanding story of true patriotic heroism. Very gripping.

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Bryan B.

Very well written and an amazing story. Absolutely amazing how soldiers react when put in life or death decisions.

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Brad C

Great read. Highly recommend it.

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Robert F

I haven’t been this spellbound, riveted-to, mesmerized and not wanting to stop listening to or read a book in over 30 years! Whenever I think I have it rough or want to wallow in a self-pity party, I will remind myself of what these men endured and sacrificed in order to defend and protect our personal freedoms here in the USA! Thank you Clinton Romesha, and all the members of Red, Blue, & White Platoons!

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H Haun

The story was absolutely amazing. The best first hand war story I’ve ever heard or read. Reminded me of my time in country. The narrator was very good.

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Timothy B

Excellent first hand account.

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Jennifer E

In order to fully appreciate our freedoms, we can choose to walk in our militaries shoes and experience the challenges they have lived -- by listening to their stories. Freedom is not free and their sacrifice is spelled out in this book. Do not be surprised if you are spell bound, encouraged, challenged personally. It is always rewarding to learn from those who would lay down their life for their country, and their brothers. Great read.

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joe e

greatest book ever. the way it's told will get you hooked and you won't stop listening/reading.

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Andrew M

As good, if not better than "Lone Survivor". This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

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Lee Wimberley

The book and story are very good. The reader is also pretty darn good.

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Erin Healy

Fantastic first-person account of the final fight for COP Keating in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan. SSG Romesha may be a man of few words, but he picked the perfect person to help him put his story to paper. As far as the story itself, unforgettable. "The Outpost" is a decent history of the post and a terrific accompaniment, but it cannot match the immediacy and emotion of "Red Platoon." May the fallen rest; may the living live to the fullest in their honor. There are horror shows and there are self-induced horror shows. This one is truly harrowing. You will not be able to shut it off. Romesha kicks it off and wraps it up. The narrator handles the rest very well. .

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jason simmons

It's an excellent book. Captivating and intriguing.

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Jason Pires

An amazing account of a true group of heroes. I highly recommend this fast paced, well written true story. And if any members of Black Knight read this review I want to say thank you for laying it all on the line for the red, white and blue.

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