ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An Iraq veteran has written a vivid, often-grisly memoir about his experiences leading bomb disposal units during two wartime tours.
"The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life That Follows" was published last month by Doubleday. In it, first-time author Brian Castner writes about disarming roadside bombs amid the carnage and chaos of Iraq, and the toll the constant stress under fire took on his body and mind.
Castner did two tours in Iraq leading Air Force bomb disposal units.
His 220-page book has gotten notice in publishing circles and national media, and is being compared to other highly regarded front-line memoirs from earlier wars.
The 34-year-old Castner lives in Grand Island, near Buffalo, with his wife and their four sons.
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