By Brian Castner
In the culture of Michael Herr’s Dispatches and works through such masters of the memoir as Mary Karr and Tobias Wolff, a strong account of battle and homecoming.
Brian Castner served 3 excursions of accountability within the center East, of them because the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team—his brothers—would enterprise forth in seriously armed convoys from their ahead working Base to have interaction within the tense but surprisingly exhilarating paintings of both disarming the lethal improvised explosive units that have been chanced on, or deciding on up the items while the alert got here too overdue. They depended on a military of remote-controlled cameras and robots, but when that expertise failed, a technician must don the eighty-pound Kevlar swimsuit, take the lengthy stroll as much as the bomb, and disarm it through hand. This deadly video game of cat and mouse used to be, and is still, the genuine battle inside of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But The lengthy Walk isn't just approximately conflict itself. it's also an unflinching portrayal of the toll battle exacts at the women and men who're battling it. whilst Castner again domestic to his spouse and kin, he all started a fight with a no much less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of worry and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he phrases The loopy. His exciting, heartbreaking, stunningly sincere e-book immerses the reader in harrowing and simultaneous realities: the fear and pleasure and camaraderie of strive against, and the lonely conflict opposed to the enemy within—the haunting thoughts that won't fade, the survival instincts that may not swap off. After enduring what he has persevered, can there ever back be one of these factor as “normal”? The lengthy Walk will hook you from the first actual sentence, and it'll stick with you lengthy after its ultimate gripping web page has been became.