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The Long Walk by Brian Castner
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Jul 25, 2012

it was amazing

This was an amazing book. The reader is allowed to go with Brian Castner on his journey to Iraq and back home. He is able to convey the brotherhood of the EOD unit. The book shifts to Iraq and then home with a speed of the thoughts from Castner's bruised and recovering brain. One minute things can be fine and the next chaos. His matter of fact descriptions of the aftermath of the bomb detonations in public areas. It reminds me of the description in Patricia Cornwell's book, Red Mist. So stated because as some soldiers are interviewed they describe what happened to someone after a detonation. It breaks your heart when Castner begins to cry as he is suiting up his son in goalie gear because it takes him to a time he had to suit up a brother for The Long Walk. This gives you an unflinching, unblinking narrative about the love, danger, camaraderie, boredom, exhilaration that is faced in Iraq. It also shows the conflict with wanting to be "home" while in Iraq and wanting to be in Iraq when "home."

We suffer with Castner as he navigates the memories, brotherhood and The Crazy. It is with hope that somehow he will find a way to soothe his fractured existence.

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