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All the Ways We Kill and Die ❰EPUB❯ ✰ All the Ways We Kill and Die Author Brian Castner – Thomashillier.co.uk The search for a friend’s killer is a riveting lesson in the way war has changedThe EOD—explosive ordnance disposal—community is tight knit and when one of their own is hurt an alarm goes out Wh The Ways We Kill and MOBI :↠ search Ways We Kindle ´ for a friend’s killer is a riveting lesson in the way war has changedThe EOD—explosive ordnance disposal—community is tight knit and when one of All the ePUB ½ their own is hurt an alarm goes out When Brian Castner an Ira War vet learns that his friend and EOD brother Matt has been killed by the Ways We MOBI í an IED in Afghanistan he goes to console Matt's widow but he also begins a the Ways We Kill and PDF \ personal investigation Is the bomb maker who killed Matt the same man the Ways We Kill and PDF \ American forces have been hunting since Ira known as the EngineerIn this nonfiction thriller Castner takes us inside the manhunt for this elusive figure meeting maimed survivors interviewing the forensics teams who gather post blast evidence the wonks who collect intelligence the drone pilots and contractors tasked to kill His investigation reveals how warfare has changed since Ira becoming individualized even as it has become hi tech with our drones bomb disposal robots and CSI like techniues As we use technology to identify locate and take out the planners and bomb makers the chilling lesson is that the hunters are also being hunted and the other side—from Al aeda to ISIS— has been selecting its own high value targetsSkyhorse Publishing along with our Arcade Good books Sports Publishing and Yucca imprints is proud to publish a broad range of biographies autobiographies and memoirs Our list includes biographies on well known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin Nelson Mandela and Alexander Graham Bell as well as villains from history such as Heinrich Himmler John Wayne Gacy and O J Simpson We have also published survivor stories of World War II memoirs about overcoming adversity first hand tales of adventure and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


10 thoughts on “All the Ways We Kill and Die

  1. Paul Paul says:

    I always struggle when rating and reviewing non fiction I argue with myself about what it is I'm actually rating Am I rating the storymaterial? Am I rating the research? The writing or prose? The flow? How it made it feel? All these uestions normally lead me to slapping some stars on the rating and skipping the review With this book Castner ticked all the boxes The research the flow the storymaterial covered the writing uality his approach to the material He also balanced a sensitivity for the lost and their families with his own personal experience and feelingsThis book is exactly what the cover says it is An Elegy for a Fallen Comrade and the Hunt for His Killer But it's also than that It's a fresh look at how we go to war and the ways in which we approach it that are different today than they were even 10 15 years ago It's a salute to the EOD community and the ways in which that community tries to deal with the loss of any one of its own supporting not only each other but each other's families And it's a well written record of one man's journey through his personal emotions around all of those things Well done


  2. Matthew Komatsu Matthew Komatsu says:

    This review originally appeared on The MillionsThe enemy knew he could not defeat us on our own terms The conventional battlefield was ours the sky as well So they made us bleed one body at a time — limb by limb — through the use of handmade bombs If there is one tribe of the military that knows this tactic best it is the explosive ordnance disposal EOD technicians charged with combatting it Brian Castner spent eight years leading EOD teams including two tours in Ira The harrowing aftermath of that period of his life was well told in his memoir The Long Walk; his latest work of nonfiction All the Ways We Kill and Die continues the memoir’s narrative while displaying Castner’s considerable talent for both in depth reportage and imaginative formsCastner opens the book with a prologue that imagines the detonation of an IED in Afghanistan from the Taliban perspective — a detonation we learn a few pages later that takes the life of his friend and EOD comrade Matt Schwartz Castner five years out of uniform and now a writer and freelance journalist asks the uestion the book seeks to answer “Who killed Matt Schwartz?” From there the narrative loops in ever widening arcs through a structure that roughly mirrors an EOD team’s post blast actions Collect the dead Tend the wounded Gather evidence Hunt RememberIf there is risk inherent to the structure of All the Ways We Kill and Die it is that its polygamous marriage of imagination memoir and reportage runs the risk of throwing off a genre monogamous reader There’s as much for the armchair military history buff in Castner’s exploration of IED technology and tactics as there is for fans of literary nonfiction The early chapters are fairly traditional narratives Castner retracing the impacts of personal losses ranging from his dead friend to maimed comrades But by Part III of the book Castner must link disparate narratives from both Ira and Afghanistan while keeping an eye on how he imagines a kind of IED archetype this “Engineer” he suspects took Matt Schwartz’s life The surreal rhythms of a drone pilot a firefight documented through passages of military Internet relay chat — these are the disorienting signs of a disappearing center as Part IV reveals how we hunt and killThe book is not a cut and dried war story; its conclusion is appropriately ambiguous considering the open ended nature of the wars my generation has fought Novels and memoirs by service members that address their time in Afghanistan or Ira have not benefitted from the sense of closure granted veteran writers of World War Two or even Vietnam Where writers like Joseph Heller Catch 22 Eugene Sledge With the Old Breed Tim O’Brien Going After Cacciato and Phil Caputo A Rumour of War could look back at the USS Missouri and the Fall of Saigon with respective clarity; novelists Matt Gallagher Ira Youngblood and Elliot Ackerman Afghanistan Green on Blue need only peruse the Internet for unnecessary reminders that both wars drag on today Memoirists have fared similarly Both Brian Turner’s My Life as a Foreign Country and even Castner’s The Long Walk could only conclude by narrowing the lens to a hyper personal focus A former soldier lies in bed A former EOD officer performs therapeutic yoga There is no definitive ending when the events that shaped your story are still unfolding“Long and Messy and Gray” is the book’s narrative climax and details the lifeline of an EOD troop turned lethal contractor whose name Castner redacts to “M” Highly fragmented but crafted so as not to bewilder its nearest cousin is that brilliant piece of Vietnam writing “Illumination Rounds” from Michael Herr’s Dispatches And it is the perfect final lift to a bracing narrative George Packer noted in his New Yorker essay “Home Fires” that “fragments are perhaps the most honest literary form available to writers who fought so recently” I contest the efficacy of a word like “honest” in this context; had Packer applied the word “effective” the statement would prove meaningful “Long and Messy and Gray” might watershed the most effective personal war narrative structure I’ve encountered; the denouement that comes in Part V is necessary but it’s this chapter that is most compellingAll investigations war related or not begin with a simple uestion and best of intent But as Serial showed us last year building a complete picture is about sorting through the puzzle pieces and assembling the mosaic as the meaning of each fragment appears If like M one returns to war dozens of times the narrative must necessarily shatter each time Within this frame Castner shares the same creative space as Serial’s producer Sarah Koenig Certain pieces belong together neatly assembled for the reader to observe Other pieces however belong in a pile appearing as they are overturned There’s an art to this type of transient work a sense of structural mastery just beyond the page that is all the inspiring when you consider that both Castner and Koenig began with just one uestion “Who?” The best writers fully admit that the best stories reveal themselves along the way The best stories as it turns out might end up answering a different uestion altogether“Who killed Matt Schwartz” is the least of the uestions answered within the pages of All the Ways We Kill and Die Castner captures the complex push and pull; the cost and reward; and a fully formed image of what it’s been like to be both in the middle and on the periphery of The Forever War Despite this wide lens however Castner’s real task is to tell an intensely personal story In the closing chapter we find him walking the forest with his children pointing out roots ruts and creeping vines that threaten their peaceful stroll I imagine him pausing pushing a knee into the rich brown earth and pointing ahead once danger there


  3. Derek Derek says:

    This book was welcome relief after being underwhelmed by Billy Lynne's Long Halftime Walk The title of this book alone grabs your attention This book is along the lines of The Things They Carried It starts out with the death of Castner's EOD comrade in Afghanistan You go inside a military funeral which was very heart wrenching Also the horrors of IED warfare are on display in this book Castner vividly conveys this to the reader You also follow wounded EOD warriors on their long road to recovery I would've given this book five stars except the hunt for his killer is not very riveting and the investigation is of a personal journey and depiction of warfare rather than a true investigation I will be checking out The Long Walk after this because EOD techs are the uite professionals and almost no books have been written about these brave men and women I think brave as an adjective falls incredibly short of describing EOD techs possibly no word in the English language exists to represent their sense of duty and commitment


  4. Sandi Van Sandi Van says:

    Brian Castner is a veteran of the Ira war a former EOD officer turned writer who is able to tell stories in a way that will greatly expand your knowledge and understanding of war will deepen your appreciation for the nuances of military culture and will tear your heart to pieces All the Ways We Kill and Die seeks to find the man behind Castner’s friendEOD brother’s death by taking the reader on a multilayered journey into modern warfare It isn’t a dry science heavy account There is science yes and military jargon with a handy glossary in the back but the story is much deeper than all of the acronyms It’s an exploration into the faces behind various aspects of war full of deeply personal accounts that will change the way you watch the news change the way you view veterans and their families Every American should read this book


  5. CHC94 CHC94 says:

    I am not normally a fan of books written by soldiers about their time in battle because the writing tends to be very dry and bland Brian Castner's book caight my eye because the main plot was anout finding a terrorist killer than a recitation of battles foughtThis story focused on Matthew Schwartz an EOD tech who was killed by an improvised explosive device IED that exploded under his truck The author gives us a background of Matthew Schwartz's life he was a soldier a husband a father a friend and intertwines it with his own journey to find the factsSometimes the story rambles but overall it does an excellent job of taking the reader through the investigation to find the mastermind of the IEDs


  6. Okimura1170 Okimura1170 says:

    All the Ways We Kill and Die A Portrait of Modern War A book about US armed forces explosives ordnance technicians in Ira and AfghanistanIt’s not just about derring do shooting and heroic exploits but also about the families of the soldiers; some killed in action some disabled – singledoubletriple amputees; how the wounded and the families and their colleagues cope It is also the story of a cat and mouse game – bomb maker being hunted by the intelligence as well as military and how the bomb makers target the EOD techs as wellThere are chapters on contractors – at one stage the number of contractors was than the number of regular troops And civilian biometric experts with the beginnings of AI and the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles robots to assist EODs – all in one of the poorest countries on earthThe writing is almost poetical – how do military personnel write that way?God invented EOD technicians so that firefighters can have heroes This book reads well is of interest to those that like military history and want to understand that modern war although based on infantry with rifles is also a lot than that I agree that although non fiction; some of the stories could be a movie by themselves45 stars


  7. Bonnie_blu Bonnie_blu says:

    Castner presents an incisive look into the world of military EOD personnel and the horrible conditions in which they operate This book rejects political correctness and places the blame for their deaths and injuries suarely on the upper echelons of the military and government His search for the killer of his friend rips away the glossy masks that have been used to cover up the ridiculous demands placed on US troops And yet the war in Afghanistan goes on and continues to decimate physical mental and spiritual lives without any clear goal 16 years and counting Either go all in and finish the job after of course deciding what the job is or get out Stop wasting lives Full disclosure I am not anti military I am pro military and have always strongly supported the troops


  8. Helen-Louise Helen-Louise says:

    Brian Castner came out of the military with a new profession that of writer But his military background has stayed with him part of his bone and blood and soul This book traces his hunt for the why and how behind the death of a friend and military brother from an IED I would not do justice to the book if I tried to summarize it but if you serve in Ira or Afghanistan or you know someone who did or if you have followed our military and our wars over the past 20 years you will find this book gripping and in a way heart breaking I rarely give a 5 star rating; I'd give this one if there were available


  9. Pablo Pablo says:

    Serious book intense topic and very much what you would expect to find in a book about explosive ordnance disposal technicians That being said after a strong opening it very much became the story of injured techs and the idea of the evil super bomb engineer We engage a bit in bomb forensics but there seemed very little insight into how to actually chase down the mad bomb maker A difficult project surely but wasn't that what the book was about? 3 stars for sincerity and bringing the topic to light


  10. Janice Sheufelt Janice Sheufelt says:

    A very intense book highly recommended an excellent way to learn about and appreciate our people serving in the military


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