By Ben Fountain
A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the conflict of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three mins and forty-three seconds of severe struggle stuck on tape by means of an embedded Fox information crew—has reworked the 8 surviving males of Bravo Squad into America's such a lot sought-after heroes. For the earlier weeks, the Bush management has despatched them on a media-intensive national Victory Tour to reinvigorate public help for the conflict. 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 famous person 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 carrying flag pins on their lapels and aid Our Troops bumper stickers on their autos, 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 professional avid gamers longing for a vicarious flavor of conflict. between those faces Billy sees these of his family—his anxious sisters and damaged father—and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's brain and died in his palms at Al-Ansakar.
Over the process at the present time, Billy will start to comprehend tough truths approximately himself, his nation, his suffering kin, and his brothers-in-arms—soldiers either useless and alive. within the ultimate few hours sooner than returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for domestic and mourn these lacking, face a heart-wrenching choice, and become aware of natural love and a sour knowledge a ways 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 strong novel that cements Ben Fountain's recognition as one of many most interesting writers of his new release.
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There were wooden planks laid here and there as walkways. There were haphazard piles of paper cement sacks, some full, some empty. There were more open expansion joints. There were strings of bare light bulbs, turned off. Empty wheelbarrows, crushed soda cans, spools of cable, unexplained lengths of lumber, piles of crushed stone, silent concrete mixers. There was grey cement dust everywhere, as fine as talc, and the smell of damp lime. The man with the rifle walked on in the darkness until he came close to the new northeast corner.
He drove inside and thumbed the button again and the door came down after him. He shut the engine off and sat still for a moment. Then he got out of the van and walked through the mud room and on into the kitchen. He patted the dog and turned on the television. Paramedics in full body armour went in through the back of the library. Two of them stayed inside to check for injuries among the sheltering crowd. Four of them came out the front and ran crouched through the plaza and ducked behind the wall.
The shell case has got fingerprints on it,' he said. 'From when he loaded the magazine. Same thumb and index finger as on the quarter in the parking meter and on the traffic cone. So we can tie the crime to the gun, and the gun to the ammo, and the ammo to the guy who used it. See? It all connects. The guy, the gun, the crime. ' 'I think he was a military shooter,' Emerson said. 'All military personnel are in the databases. ' It was a matter of forty-nine minutes. A desk guy knocked and entered.