By Ben Fountain
A finalist for the nationwide ebook Award!
A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the conflict of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three mins and forty-three seconds of extreme war stuck on tape by means of an embedded Fox information crew—has reworked the 8 surviving males of Bravo Squad into America's so much sought-after heroes. For the prior weeks, the Bush management has despatched them on a media-intensive national Victory Tour to reinvigorate public aid for the battle. Now, in this cold and wet Thanksgiving, the Bravos are visitors of America's crew, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be a part of the halftime exhibit along the big name pop crew Destiny's baby.
one of the Bravos is the Silver Star–winning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, expert William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas local. Amid clamoring patriots wearing flag pins on their lapels and help Our Troops bumper stickers on their vehicles, the Bravos are thrust into the corporate of the Cowboys' hard-nosed businessman/owner and his coterie of rich colleagues; a luscious born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood manufacturer; and supersized seasoned gamers longing for a vicarious flavor of battle. between those faces Billy sees these of his family—his frightened sisters and damaged father—and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's brain and died in his fingers at Al-Ansakar.
Over the process this present day, Billy will start to comprehend tough truths approximately himself, his nation, his suffering kinfolk, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers either useless and alive. within the ultimate few hours ahead of returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for domestic and mourn these lacking, face a heart-wrenching determination, and observe natural love and a sour knowledge a long way past his years.
Poignant, riotously humorous, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's lengthy Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait of our time, a searing and robust novel that cements Ben Fountain's acceptance as one of many most interesting writers of his new release.
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It was clear. I could see some debris in the distance, but I would be well clear of it before it became an issue. I brought her down, but not without complications. I began to apply my brakes to slow my speed down the strip of road. One, two, then four of them shuffled out of the high, grassy median of the highway. Not as many as I would have thought. As I pressed the brakes a little harder, I felt a jolt in the pedals and the aircraft turned sharply to the right. I had lost one of my brakes. I had no choice but to apply opposite rudder to straighten the aircraft out and just ride it out until the aerodynamic drag stopped me.
I took the note and put it in my pocket. Walking up to the aircraft, I could tell John and Will were edgy. I filled the aircraft tanks to the top as I watched them. Will’s skin seemed to be getting lighter in color in anticipation of what I was going to say next. Time to check out the hangar. I don’t know why they were afraid. The hangar doors were wide open and anything that wanted us could just walk out here and try. After all the gunfire, I was nearly certain that there were no more of those things inside this hangar.
At least it would be something. We could communicate with them, get more information, more ideas. 08 Jun 0226 I am leaving this morning. John and the others are staying behind in the event I bring someone back. I don’t want to terribly overstress the aircraft. I hope they have stayed near the airfield at Lake Charles. As I sit here and stare at the yellow piece of paper that is almost a month old, I wonder if they still live or if they were taken under siege as John and I that day at the tower.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain