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. He and his team - his brothers - disarmed bombs. Sometimes they used robots and remote controls. Sometimes they set off controlled explosions. Sometimes one of the team would have to put on the eighty-pound Kevlar suit, take the Long Walk, and disarm the device by hand. Often they were simply too late; arriving just in time to pick up the pieces. In a hailstorm of bullets, bomb fragments, body parts and the endless wailing of innocent civilians, the days rolled into nights, yesterday turned into tomorrow, and today never even happened. But after the tour, the celebrations and the long plane ride home, the real war was just beginning. The war against the fear, the confusion, the guilt and the memory loss. The war against the Crazy. This exhilarating, heartbreaking, searingly honest memoir exposes two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror, excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within.
"Brian Castner's The Long Walk is an extraordinary memoir. A fearless and uncompromising look at the burden borne by soldiers in our modern age, it is essential reading for anyone interested in the ways that human beings respond to extreme circumstances. I could not recommend it more highly." Kevin Powers, author of 'The Yellow Birds' "A shocking description of the unseen price of war. It should be required reading." -- John Ingham Daily Express "A raw, wrenching, blood-soaked chronicle of the human cost of war. Castner's memoir brings to mind Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front." Jon Krakauer, author of 'Where Men Win Glory' "A powerful book about the long cost of combat and the brotherhood of men at arms. Entertaining, occasionally hilarious, and always harrowing. I found myself holding my breath." Anthony Swofford, author of 'Jarhead' "It may be the most important book written about modern war." Stephen Phillips, author of 'Proximity' and 'The Recipient's Son'
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th March 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.19