The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows

Brian Castner. Doubleday, $25.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-385-53620-2
With a degree in electrical engineering, Castner served as an air force officer in Saudi Arabia in 2001, and Iraq in 2005 and 2006, where he earned a Bronze Star. He then trained military Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in tactical bomb procedures. Castner’s chilling account of those years is, he feels, “as correct as a story can be from someone with blast-induced memory lapses.” He details daily rituals and routines, and the Humvee expeditions, seeking improvised explosive devices (IED) with robots. When robots fail, there is the Long Walk, wearing the bomb suit (“eighty pounds of mailed kevlar”). Castner edges through this world of hidden dangers, suicide bombers, and scattered body parts. Throughout, he splices in scenes of the aftermath—his return to his wife and family in the U.S., where he is told he has post-traumatic stress disorder. Haunted by what he calls “the Crazy” (“it’s grey [sic] spidery fingers take the top of my head off to eat my brain and heart… every night”), he sees constant reminders that blur reality (“IEDs on Interstate 90”). The intercutting of these two different narratives effectively conveys how a disturbing mental condition can erupt in the aftermath of nightmarish war horrors. Agent: Bob Mecoy, Bob Mecoy Literary Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 03/19/2012
Release date: 07/10/2012
Show other formats
Book - 978-1-61637-651-2
Paperback - 222 pages - 978-0-307-95087-1
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-85752-158-3
Open Ebook - 272 pages - 978-1-4481-5447-0
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-08782-8
Hardcover - 271 pages - 978-0-552-77914-2
Hardcover - 303 pages - 978-1-61173-510-9
Compact Disc - 978-0-449-80642-5
Open Ebook - 123 pages - 978-0-385-53621-9
Hardcover - 222 pages - 978-0-85752-157-6
Compact Disc - 6 pages - 978-0-449-80640-1
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.