All the ways we kill and die : an elegy for a fallen comrade and the hunt for his killer / Brian Castner.
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- ISBN: 9781628726541 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., 
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2016 February #2
The military's bomb-squad acronym, EOD, stands for explosive ordnance disposal, and Castner was a member. In writing about an EOD friend killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in 2012, Castner adopts the voice of an investigator. Visiting people who knew the deceased, Matthew Schwartz, Castner assembles a biographical backdrop for his quest to identify the organizer of the attack, whom he names the Engineer. Fictionalized episodes of the Engineer's activities hint at the outcome of Castner's search, while his depictions of American intelligence and EOD personnel who have hunted for enemy bomb makers illustrate the difficulties and dangers involved. Including a medic, a biometric expert, a Predator drone operator, and others, Castner's interviewees relate incidents of surveillance, combat, and recovery (for the wounded) and burial (for the dead) in IED warfare. Concluding with the EOD community's annual remembrance ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Castner solemnizes a small but recently critical section of America's armed forces, and powerfully acquaints readers with the risks run and the sacrifices made by EOD personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Brian Castner is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Long Walk. An EOD officer in the Air Force who commanded bomb disposal units in Iraq and subsequently trained soldiers prior to their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is now a writer and journalist. His stories have appeared in VICE News, the New York Times, the Daily Beast, Wired, Outside, Foreign Policy, and the Los Angeles Review of Books and on NPR. He lives with his family in Buffalo, New York.