Long Walk A Story of War and the Life That Follows

ISBN-10: 0385536208
ISBN-13: 9780385536202
Edition: 2013
Authors: Brian Castner
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Description: In the tradition of Michael Herr’sDispatchesand works by such masters of the memoir as Mary Karr and Tobias Wolff, a powerful account of war and homecoming that grabs readers by the throat even as it touches their hearts.Brian Castner served three  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/10/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

In the tradition of Michael Herr’sDispatchesand works by such masters of the memoir as Mary Karr and Tobias Wolff, a powerful account of war and homecoming that grabs readers by the throat even as it touches their hearts.Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team—his brothers—would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered, or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. They relied on an army of remote-controlled cameras and robots, but if that technology failed, a technician would have to don the eighty-pound Kevlar suit, take the Long Walk up to the bomb, and disarm it by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and continues to be, the real war within America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.ButThe Long Walkis not just about battle itself. It is also an unflinching portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it. When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms The Crazy. His thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book immerses the reader in two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror and excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within—the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. After enduring what he has endured, can there ever again be such a thing as “normal”?The Long Walkwill hook you from the very first sentence, and it will stay with you long after its final gripping page has been turned.

Henry Sutton is the author of six previous novels, including Get Me Out of Here and Kids' Stuff, which became a long-running stage play in Latvia. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Thong Nation. He has worked as a journalist and critic, and is now Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He lives in Norwich. www.henrysutton.co.ukBRIAN CASTNER served three tours in the Middle East as an officer of the U.S. Air Force two of them as the head of an EOD team in Iraq. In 2006, he received a Bronze Star for his service. Upon returning to the United States following his service, he consulted as an independent civilian contractor, training military EOD units on tactical bomb-disposal procedures prior to their deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives in Buffalo, New York, with his wife and children.

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