The Long Walk

The Long Walk

A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Large Print - 2012 | Center Point large print edition.
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Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. He and his team would venture out in convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered - or to pick 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 don the eighty-pound Kevlar suit and take the Long Walk to disarm the bomb. When Castner returned home, he began a struggle with an unshakable feeling of fear, 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, excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within - the haunting memories that w
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2012]
Edition: Center Point large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781611735109
Branch Call Number: Large Print 956.70443 CAS
Characteristics: 303 pages (large print) ;,23 cm

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ChristchurchLib May 21, 2013

"In this riveting memoir, combat veteran Brian Castner describes what it's like to be "Crazy" - his term for the symptoms of blast-induced Traumatic Brain Injury. With clear, vivid, evocative language, he interweaves compelling accounts of his day-to-day experiences as a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq and Afghanistan with his suburban life back home with his family, alternating tension and release in a way that keeps you turning the pages. Castner seeks diagnosis and treatment for the "Crazy," but finds no miraculous cure." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635358

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clairea
Dec 02, 2012

Worth reading. I found it sad, honest and a disturbing account of his life after war. An important story to tell.

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