Brian Castner: The Long Walk

28 Mar

03-30-2017 to 03-30-2017 – Weller Book Works is thrilled to welcome Brian Castner as he presents his book, THE LONG WALK: A STORY OF WAR AND THE LIFE THAT FOLLOWS.

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the head of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. Whenever IEDs were discovered, he and his men would lead the way in either disarming the deadly devices or searching through rubble and remains for clues to the bomb-makers’ identities. And when robots and other remote means failed, one technician would suit up and take the Long Walk to disarm the bomb by hand. This lethal game of cat and mouse was, and continues to be, the real war within America’s wars in the Middle East. When Brian returned stateside to his wife and family, he entered an equally inexorable struggle against the enemy within, which he comes to call the “Crazy.”

This thrilling, heartbreaking, stunningly honest book alternates between two harrowing realities: the terror, excitement, and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the unshakeable fear, anxiety, and survivor guilt that he—like so many veterans—carries inside.

This amazing story has recently been adapted into an opera, and will performed by the Utah Opera this Spring!

There will be a signing after the presentation.

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