Western New York’s Brian Castner will read from his critically acclaimed book, The Long Walk : A Story of War and the Life that Follows, in Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library, on Monday, November 12 at 1 p.m.
Castner, a Marquette University graduate, served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2007, deploying to Iraq to command bomb disposal units in Balad and Kirkuk in 2005 and 2006. He and his team “disabled roadside IEDs, investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings and searched door to door to uncover bomb-makers at their homes.” He is a Bronze Star recipient who continues to train EOD teams to disable bombs, as a civilian. His memoir offers a hard look at the reality of war and the effect on warriors “in country” and back home. Critics have compared The Long Walk … to Erich Maria Remarque’s, All Quiet on the Western Front, and recognize Brian Castner as a gifted writer whose candor will strike a chord with veterans of all wars, and those who love them.